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The 5 best vodka for a Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is one of the most attractive cocktails: its combination of fresh, alcohol and spicy make the Bloody Mary cocktail suitable for any occasion: in addition to his reputation as “anti-hangover drink” the tomato makes it perfect as an aperitif, and is consistent enough to drink between meals.

Choosing the perfect vodka for a Bloody Mary is not as easy as it seems: although the Bloody Mary is a flavorful combination, which can hide some of the vodka?s defects, the purity and quality of good vodkas is noticed. You will feel it in the final result! Whether you choose neutral vodkas or prefer slightly flavored vodkas, we present the top 5 vodkas for a perfect Bloody Mary.

5. Are you ready to play?

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Black Jack Vodka 1L

 

 

 4. The classic Bloody Mary

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Smirnoff Red Label 1L

 

 

3. The special for a golden Bloody Mary

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Smirnoff Gold 1L

 

 

2. A touch of originality

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Smirnoff Red Label Screw Cap 1L

 

 

1. The Best-seller

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Grey Goose Vodka 1L

Beer to beat the heat

 TAGS:When the summer heat increases the wise decision is to take fluids to keep our body hydrated. Drinks like beer are emerging as a popular choice among the ones preferred by people, and the reason is that it is constituted by 92% of water.

Beer, water, juices and fruits are a source of hydration that you should keep in mind to avoid dehydration and keep your body balances. In the case of beer, it is rich in potassium, phosphorus and antioxidants thanks to the hops and barley present among its ingredients.

Professor Jesús Román Martínez of the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Science, recommend to take 2 or 3 beers a day for men and 1 or 2 in the case of women. Next to fruit and vegetables it calms thirst, complementing the role of water in the summer and of course, keeps the body hydrated to combat the effects of sun and heat.

Previously it has been shown that beer has other qualities such as the ability to prevent cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, this is a sign of the benefits it brings. A beer, every now and then but in a controlled manner in terms of quantity in the summer.

Actually it is not a secret to anyone. Instinctively people consume beer in moderation in the hottest seasons, and this happens worldwide since its fresh and delicious tastes are enjoyed by many people.

People who can not drink alcohol for medical reasons and pregnant women are not exempt from this summer trend, so they are alcohol-free beers that can be enjoyed without remorse.

A beer? Today we recommend:

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Alhambra Reserva 1925

 

 

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San Miguel 1516

An explosion of flavour, Manhattan cocktail

 TAGS:In our series of cocktails the Manhattan is a classic. It pays a tribute to the Big Apple of New York, and is usually taken as an appetizer, both in the United States and in other countries where its consumption has spread.

The Manhattan mix whisky and red vermouth and a few drops of Angostura. We can garnish it with a cherry or a slice of lemon. We can find taste it dry or medium, or with a sweet touch. Due to its mix, it is usually a senior cocktail.

The origin of this cocktail is not very clear. In 1882 people would already talk about the perfect mix between whisky, vermouth and bitters. Although the stronger version is attributed to Jenny Jerome, Randolph Churchill?s wife, who invented this mixture into the New York City’s Manhattan Club in Manhattan itself, other sources attribute it to a bartender, and others to Colonel Joe Walker, that on a boat trip with some friends from New York accidentally mixed vermouth and whisky, and then perfected it.

In the ’40s, the Manhattan cocktail was prized by the stars in Hollywood. They would start to drink it in movies, adding a touch of glamour in this period of time. Today it is an international cocktail that you can find in many cocktail bars.

Some state that the Manhattan was originally made ??with rye whisky, but then were introduced other types of whisky. For its preparation, we have to mix the ingredients mentioned above in a shaker and then shake it right. Note that the Manhattan is served without ice in a martini glass, providing style to any type of moments, especially before dinner. But, depending on the country, it is also perfect for an ?after dinner? moment, enjoying a quiet chat with friends.

What is your perfect combination of whisky and vermouth for Manhattan? We recommend one:

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Dimple 15 Years Old

 

 

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Campari 1L

Pink drinks, a new step in the trend of the flavoured distillates

 TAGS:Flavoured spirits have reached a privileged position in the consumer favourite trends and more specifically among the women who have discovered the possibility to enjoy delicious and delicate flavours: the pink drinks.

One of the most popular options is the Tequila Rose Strawberry. It is a strawberry cream combined with tequila, leading to delicacy. The citrus flavour mixed with the tequila flavour is a real pleasure on the palate for the lucky ones who decided to try it.

The Paris Rose Vodka Liqueur is one of the drinks that you should not miss if you love vodka and want to taste the aromatic properties of the strawberry cream, in an aesthetic and elegant presentation, with 70 cl of unique flavour. Some people add champagne to the mixture in order to have sparkling sensations, while others prefer not to.

Finally the Sputnik Rose Vodka is an option for those who want to enjoy the scent of roses and of a candied jelly flavour. It has a very particular fruity and pepper essence taste that will captivate you. It gives versatility to the vodka and this drink will steal you a smile that you will share in complicity with friends and family with whom you decided to enjoy it.

In short, flavoured distillates are the new delight of those who are looking for fun trying new options; their particular flavours make it an ideal candidates for a drink. They also create feelings that don?t go unnoticed in the palates of women and men of any age, if you give it a try! You now know what you have to do in order to feel it by yourself!

 

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Tequila El Pedrito Gold 75cl

 

 

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Smirnoff Strawberry Twist 1L

How to taste whisky like an expert (III)

 TAGS:We are still making a tour of Charles McLean tasting lessons. We only have the last two steps to look at. We now have to understand what do whisky connoisseurs value and talk about when they try a new drink.

The classification of whisky by region is closely linked to the last step. It is a classification that prepares you to understand the intrinsic characteristics of the whisky. The malts are classified by region of origin, and this is because the character of the whisky comes from there.

In Scotland, the original regional division was simply between whiskys made in the highlands and lowlands. But the Laundering Act of 1784 defined 17 counties as “Highland”. This was reinforced by an amendment to the law the following year, making the new layout of the Highland Line between Dumbarton and Dundee. The highland and lowland Whisky are now under different legal verifications. This means that the two regions produce a very different whisky. The Highland whisky was universally considered better than the Lowland whisky.

Finally we reached the fifth step for whisky tasting, which really helps us to understand what the region classification serves to: the classification of whisky flavour.

The flavour of whisky is one of the consequences of the production system and maturation of the whisky.

These special flavours that we love so much become a subject of study, analysis, and you will have a greater appreciation after learning how to taste a whisky. However experts are carefully selecting the tasting terminology they use to evaluate and describe each drink. There are tasters group and jury that exist in order to verify that each verdict is the most concrete. On the contrary, we only want to taste whisky to have fun. We can still use our own terminology in our tasting notes, which eventually will be discussed and shared with other friends who decide to run this activity with us.

If you want to buy whisky to meet with friends and organize a tasting, we recommend 2 with very different characters:

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Grant’s 1L

 

 

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Dimple 15 Years Old

How to taste whisky like an expert (II)

 TAGS:Let’s take our “whisky taste lesson” where we left it. Having already made it clear that the first step is to recognize the signs of smell, the following is performing a sensory evaluation. To make the sensory evaluation it is recommended to prepare something to write our annotations.

Our tasting notes are basically separated as follows: distillery, brand, age and strength to start, then appearance (color, texture and clarity) ; intensity ( on a scale of 1 to 5) ; flavor (diluted primary aromas, secondary aromas and development) and taste (mouthfeel, elemental flavor, overall flavor and finishing). Also add your comments and a score from 1 to 10.

For sensory evaluation we have to take into account the aroma and flavor of the whisky.

  • First step: Pour yourself a shot of whisky and watch it with a white wall background to evaluate its sparkle and appearance, shake to appreciate every nuance of color and describe it in your notes. You can use any term that you like. Pale gold color is the result of maturation in the barrel which has been filled several times. A half-or full- gold colored is first filling barrel ex-Bourbon ;  a polished copper colored is a whisky that has been re-accumulated in sherry wood for the last year of maturity ;  the polished mahogany, is a first charge ex-Sherry barrel, while the Crimson is a port barrel, to give examples.
  • Second step: Shake the cup again and the second spirit will show tears or droplets that cling to the glass. This will be a clear indication of the alcoholic strength of the drink. Then you must put the drink to the light to see its clarity and make corresponding entries, can be done during the addition of water. If it looks slightly hazy, whisky has not been chill-filtered; this is a good thing because the chill-filtered whisky keeps it nice and bright but takes away some elements of flavor.
  • Third step: Move the new spirit and warm the glass in your hand to smell it. The scent will come up as you while you warm the glass in your hand. Take into account how complex it is, and if you can discern any particular smell, annotate them, using comparisons based on the memories that will generate each odor. You can leave it for a minute, to settle and to be able to appreciate more flavors. Smell develops over time.
  • Step Four: Take a small sip to appreciate the flavors and the first impression is the most important for annotations. After that, put your the nose on the rim of the glass for a first odors capture, breathe fresh air for rest your nose and then get closer, this time inside the rim of the glass. You will discover new odors.
  • Step Five: Go back to try a sip and analyzes whether it is soft or viscous, if fresh, biting or dry on the palate and finally if it has body and is light. Then take another sip and after a while identify the persistence of the flavor on the palate.

Are you practicing? Tomorrow we will finish with this guide, but now is the time to try what you have learned, right? Today we recommend:

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Paddy Old Irish Whiskey 1L

 

 

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Teacher’s 1L

Some Weird Whisky cocktails

 TAGS:If you like cocktails with whisky you will always have new options to try. The possible combinations are countless, and you can?t get tired of this versatile drink that has earned his fame and glory.

However, today we won?t be talking about cocktails as famous as the Manhattan or Old Fashioned, but instead, we have been looking into cocktail books in order to find new and different drinks for you.

Let us present you some of the weirdest ones we?ve found so far :

  • Bunny’s Cocktail: Made 2 ounces of anise, 2 ounces of Gin and 2 ounces of Whisky. Stir and serve.
  • Mint Condition: It is made with 0.5 ounces of Kahlua, 0.75 ounces of peppermint schnapps, 0.75 ounces of vodka and 0.75 ounces of Whisky. The ingredients are added in a shaker with ice, stirred and served.
  • The Red Rover: Made with 0.5 ounces of Gin, 1 piece of lemon, 0.5 ounces of lemon juice, 1 piece of peach syrup and 1.5 ounces of whisky. To prepare it pour all ingredients (except lemon and peach) in a shaker with a handful of ice, shake and serve in a cocktail glass decorated with fruit pieces.
  • Scoff-Law: Made from 0.75 ounces of grenadine, .75 ounces of lime juice, 1.5 ounces of vermouth and 1.5 ounces of whisky. To prepare it you just have to shake and serve.
  • Tipperary: It is made with 0.75 ounces of Green Chartreuse, 0.75 ounces of vermouth and 1 ounce of whisky, to serve stir in a shaker and pour into a cocktail glass.
  • Tivoli: This cocktail is made with 0.5 ounces aquavit, 1 part of Campari, 0.5 ounces of vermouth, 1.5 ounces of whisky, just mix in a shaker with crushed ice and serve in a cocktail glass to enjoy.
  • Kentucky Champagne Cocktail: Made with 3 ounces of Bitter, Champagne, 0.5 ounces of peach schnapps, 1 piece of peach and 1 ounce of whisky. To prepare it mixes whisky with peach liqueur, bitters and a little crushed ice in a shaker, then serve it in a cocktail glass to fill with Champagne and garnish with peach slice.

Need a good whisky to your cocktails? Let us recommend you :

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Jameson 1L

 

 

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Grant’s 1L

The bitter: a perfect complement for your cocktail parties

 TAGS:The bitter is the ingredient that one must have in order to prepare cocktails with personality. It is also called bitters and is easily recognized for its outstanding properties and its bitter taste. It brings a very special fragrance to our drinks. Once you try it you will never prepare home cocktails without it.

The bitter was first considered as an alternative medicine, then as a digestive and finally as a special ingredient to combine with our favorite cocktails. The origin of its popular name is German and is made from herbs, ginger, pepper, lemon and gentian, among others.

Bitter generally has an alcohol percentage of 45 by volume. It lasts very long in our minibars because it is only added in small proportions with a dropper to beverages. Because of its bitter taste, it only is an ingredient for mixing with others, never to drink it on the rock or dry.

There are lots of bitters, which bring different scents and flavors, including chocolate, which is ideal for the most demanding palates. Some people consider several spirits as bitters such as Campari, the Aperol and Averna, despite being made in different ways. The Aperol was created in 1919, based on bitter oranges, gentian and rhubarb, as well as other plants and is used to prepare Aperol Spritz, another delicious cocktail.

Some of the best known bitter brands worldwide are Angostura bitter, which comes in different forms and is produced in Trinidad. The Bitter Truth is a German brand with varied flavors and aromas and the Fee Brothers bitters is produced in New York. Previously the bitter was used to develop the Italian vermouth Martini Rossi with a characteristic pinkish, served in shot glasses.

Want to spice up your cocktails with bitters? Then we recommend:

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Campari

 

 

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Martini Bianco 1L

To drink more and spend less

 TAGS:In 2012 Spanish households increased their wine consumption and reduced the spending on these purchases. They tend to choose cheaper wines and increased their consumption by 0.2% over the previous year.

We’ve seen cheap wine options that have emerged successfully in Spanish market thanks to the new behavior of consumers, looking for new options in order to serve wine at their tables and enjoy a good family meal.

Spending on wine purchases fell 2.6%, representing 2.36 Euros per liter. This is a reflection of the fall of prices for wines with denomination of origin and sparkling ones. In addition, there was an increase in the consumption of wines without designation of origin at affordable prices in the Spanish market.

Wine consumption in Spain increased to reach 435, 3 million liters in 2012, this is a considerable amount and a good part of this consumption comes from Catalonia. This Autonomous Community consumes more wine and spends more money on food.

Today we recommend the most popular and economical wines with denomination of origin in Uvinum:

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Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli 2011

 

 

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Gran Feudo Chivite Reserva 2006

The Glamourous Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is a well known cocktail. Its distinctive red color is very attractive and offers glamour to the warmer nights. Now that the weather is good, the Bloody Mary is a good alternative to mix different flavors.

Traditionally, this cocktail mixtures vodka, tomato juice, salt and black pepper, a few drops of Tabasco sauce and a little lime or lemon juice. Served very cold, it is even better with a little salt and lime on the rim of the glass. In this way, the tomato marries well with the potent flavors of Tabasco and vodka.

It supports several variations, as the spicy pepper and Tabasco can be increased or lowered according to the consumer taste. In the United States, they often replace vodka for gin and is drunk as an appetizer before lunch or dinner. No one knows the exact origin of this sweet and tasty cocktail, but according to the most widespread theory it was invented by Fernand Petiot, a bartender from the New York bar in Paris who found this formula in 1921.

Since then its fame spread to various countries across the world and started to be really popular in the U.S., where it is consumed today. His name is also curious: it is named after the daughter of Henry VIII, Mary I of England, better known as Bloody Mary. She wanted to restore Catholicism in England, causing many deaths. Here comes the Bloody marry, bloody meaningful for England.

The legend says that this cocktail, by its ingredients, is perfect to fight hangovers. I recommend it after a heavy dinner with friends.

Are you a fan of Bloody Mary? What vodka would you choose? We recommend:

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Smirnoff Red Label Screw Cap 1L

 

 

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Grey Goose Vodka 1L