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4 Low-Calorie Cocktails to Help You Stay in Shape

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Do you want to lose some weight but without denying yourself the tasty drink after work? Don’t worry, we here at Uvinum are very familiar with this dilemma. That’s why we present 4 cocktails with a low-calorie count, so you can enjoy Saturday night with your friends and, at the same time, preserve your figure.

1. Spritzer – The Austrian National Drink

The Spritzer, also known as Weinschorle in Germany, is probably the most popular long drink in Austria and is enjoyed at any time of the year. It is a drink made from wine mixed with mineral water and decorated with a slice of lemon. You should use fairly young white wine from the Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder or Chardonnay grape varieties in this popular drink. The ratio of wine to mineral water should be 1:1. This refreshing drink contains just 58 calories per 100ml.

There is yet another advantage to this all-purpose drink: you will minimise the risk of a hangover the next day due to the high content of water in the drink. Enjoy this Austrian classic!

2. Vodka Soda – Simple and Low in Calories

Water + Vodka = Vodka Soda

Of course, it’s not that simple! This cocktail must be mixed properly. First, fill a glass with ice cubes and then add the ingredients. For this low-calorie drink, you need 3 parts of sparkling water and 1 part of vodka. Once it is mixed, decorate the glass with a lime. This cocktail contains only 22 calories per 100ml.

Are you not sure which vodka to use to make this cocktail? We offer you a unique selection on our blog.

3. Martini – Shaken or Stirred?

We all know this famous drink from the James Bond movies, but did you also know that this cocktail belongs in the category of low-calorie alcoholic beverages? The Martini cocktail is a short drink, often enjoyed as an aperitif, and it is usually prepared with vermouth and gin.

One of the best-known Martini cocktails is the Dry Martini. This cocktail is made with London Dry Gin and just a tiny splash of vermouth, as little as possible. And you should never forget the olive that decorates the glass.

Every 100 ml of a Martini Cocktail contains a mere 140 calories! Now you know why James Bond has such a perfect body.

4. Mojito – Greetings from Cuba

The mojito is a low-calorie alternative, unlike many other Cuban cocktails. The mojito was invented in Havana, and this cocktail consists of 5 basic ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugarcane juice), lemon juice, soda and mint. The most important element in the preparation of a mojito is undoubtedly the rum. Uvinum offers a selection of the best rums for your mojito.

The amount of mineral water in this Cuban drink makes it a low-calorie cocktail. ‘The green gold of Cuba’ has only 71 calories per 100ml.

You can find a unique selection of low-calorie options. So, you no longer need to worry about the temptations at the next party. We hope you have fun when trying and enjoying these low-calorie cocktails. And, remember, drink in moderation!

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The Martini Bianco 1L  by Martini & Rossi: a vermouth with roots in Italy with 15% of alcohol.

4 Perfect Wine Cocktails to Say Goodbye to Winter and Welcome Spring Weather

 TAGS:undefinedWith the end of winter coming soon, it is time to say goodbye to all those winter cocktail recipes until next year. It is not summer yet, but spring is still a good time to welcome warmer weather with a few good cocktails that are simple and refreshing. Here are some spring cocktail recipes that you will want to try:

1. Fruity Lime Soda with Red Wine and Fresh Strawberries

Spring is a time when certain fruits start coming into season, and they are readily available in markets. You may want to try some of your first spring cocktails with strawberries which you will be able to get fresh as early as the first week of March. A simple cocktail to do with strawberries is lime soda with red wine. Mix 2 parts lime soda and 1-part red wine over a glass of fresh strawberries. Freeze the fruit to keep the cocktail cold in place of ice. 

2. Spiked and Spicy Sangria for Colder Spring Weather

Sangria is probably one of the most popular Spanish wine cocktails with hundreds of variations and recipes. While you are waiting for summer, there may still be some colder spring days. To warm up, you can try a spiked Sangria recipe. The ingredients you will need include:

  • Red wine
  • Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Stick of Cinnamon
  • 1 Apple
  • Syrup

Cut the fruit into slices and add it with the cinnamon stick to a glass pitcher. Fill the pitcher nearly 2/3 full of your favourite red wine and add approximately 2 tablespoons of sweet syrup. Now, add the bourbon to the sangria, which should be approximately 1 ounce per serving or too your taste.

3. Simple Classic White Wine Spritzer for A Refreshing Spring Cocktail

One of the simplest wine cocktails to make is a spritzer, but it is still a great choice for something refreshing as the weather starts to change. What you will need is white wine and club soda to make a spritzer. Add a touch of lime garnish to give your spritzer a little bitter bite. 

4. Vodka Martini with A Splash of Limon and Lime

Another classic cocktail that you may want to try giving twists to is the Martini. Use the same vermouth, but instead of using gin, replace it with vodka. To give it a little bitter kick and a nice garnish, use a slice of lime and a slice of lime to finish off your cocktail. 

With this simple wine cocktails, you will be ready to say goodbye to winter and get ready for warmer weather. Try some of our wines to add a special touch to some of your cocktail recipes this spring.

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3 cocktails with coffee you will love

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There is no doubt that coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. Its exquisite and pleasant taste and its unquestionable energetic effect, have established this drink as a staple in the diet of many people. For some, it is a morning ritual that helps to start the daily routine with encouragement. For others, it is the perfect companion for pleasant gatherings and conversations after a meal with their families. Whatever your preferred time and place for coffee, we hereby present a selection of 3 cocktails with coffee you will love:

Morning rooster

Powerful and strong, like the wake up call of a rooster in the morning, a Mexican-inspired cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 40 ml of Tequila Reposado
  • 15 ml Coffee Liqueur
  • 230 ml Coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Agave Nectar
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Nutmeg

Elaboration:

Mix the agave nectar, cream and vanilla extract until it gets a thick consistency. Add the tequila, coffee liqueur, and coffee to a cup, and cover with the whipped cream mixture. Garnish with nutmeg.

Urabá

This cocktail takes its name from the Colombian region of Urabá, a crossroads between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean that separates South and Central America. It is a drink with the essence of Caribbean rum and banana, and also with the quality of Colombian coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Espresso
  • 30 ml of White Rum
  • 30 ml of banana liqueur

Elaboration:

It could not be easier: just add all ingredients to a shaker and shake until well mixed.

Espresso Martini

The favorite drink of the secret super agent James Bond is one of the most famous cocktails in the world. Elegant and sophisticated, this is a special drink for the good times. Therefore, here we present an alternative version for coffee lovers.

Ingredients:

Elaboration:

Enter all ingredients in a shaker and shake until well mixed. Serve in a martini glass with ice.

Now we just have to set aside time to enjoy these delicious cocktails with coffee. Cheers!

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Kahlúa:  a coffee liqueur from Mexico with an alcohol content of 20%. 

 

3 cocktails for this spring

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The world of cocktails is extensive and offers delicious varieties to enjoy in good company. If you want to try preparing some of them this spring, you could use these recommendations.

Strawberry Mojito

This mojito has strawberry as main ingredient, rich in vitamin C and very refreshing.

Ingredients:

  • 3 or 4 large strawberries
  • Crushed ice
  • 10 millilitres white rum
  • Some mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 50 millilitres soda or sparkling water
  • 50 millilitres lemon soda

Elaboration:

  1. Put crushed ice in a cocktail glass.
  2. Liquefy the strawberries in a blender with sugar and lime juice. Pour the liquid into the cocktail glass.
  3. Clean the mint leaves and place them in the glass.
  4. Pour the white rum in the glass, followed by lemon soda and sparkling water or soda.
  5. Garnish with some mint leaves. For the edge of the glass, use slices of strawberry and lime and don’t forget the straw.

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Appletini

The appletini is elaborated in various ways. Some people prefer to use apple sauce while others use apple liqueur. The secret of its colour is to use some lemon juice to prevent apple to oxidate quickly.

Ingredients:

  • 45 millilitres vodka
  • 29 millilitres green apple liqueur
  • 7 millilitres lemon juice

Elaboration:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a shaker.
  2. Add some crushed ice.
  3. Shake and serve in a chilled Martini glass.

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Gin Fizz

The Gin Fizz’s main ingredient is gin and it was created in the United States.

Ingredients:

  • 3 parts gin
  • 2 parts lemon juice
  • 1 part simple syrup or 2 teaspoons sugar.
  • 3 parts sparkling water
  • Crushed ice

Elaboration:

  1. Put gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker.
  2. Shake and serve in a tall glass with crushed ice.
  3. Fill with sparkling water and serve chilled.
  4. You can use a glass to mix instead of the shaker; in this case mix the ingredients with a spoon.

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Gibson cocktail

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The Gibson cocktail is not a common one. The story of its creation is a bit contradictory because there are three different versions, all of them plausible. The cocktail Gibson has a curious flavor thanks to the onion that is introduced at the end of the preparation.

Some people consider the Gibson cocktail as a variation of Dry Martini. The preparations based on gin and Martini is the classic one, but some add vodka, usually Russian vodka, to preserve the tradition.

The first story of the Gibson cocktail says that its creator is the artist Charles Dana Gibson, born in 1867 in Massachusetts, creator of the Gibson Girls of the nineteenth century. According to the story, he asked his barman to change his Dry Martini and add onions in vinegar to it.

In the second story, the U.S. ambassador in Britain named Gibson, attended many receptions for his work and for not taking the typical dry Martini, he filled a glass with water and an onion instead of an olive, his invention was then called Gibson.

Finally, the third story of Gibson cocktail credited Walter DK Gibson with its invention. Apparently in an interview, his grandson said his grandfather had invented this cocktail at the Bohemian Club.

The Gibson cocktail

Ingredients:

50cl gin. A good gin for this cocktail is the Gin G’Vine Floraison.
3 drops of dry vermouth
1 pickled onion

Preparation:

  • Step 1:

Mix all ingredients (onion aside) in a tall glass with ice, mix vigorously and strain the resulting liquid into the martini glass.

  • Step 2:

Garnish the cocktail with a pearl onion in vinegar into the cup.

A variant in the preparation of Gibson cocktail is that instead of placing the Dry Martini with the gin, place it in the mixing glass with ice before gin. Then mix and put aside, without the ice that will take the aroma away, then pour the gin in the glass, mix and serve in martini glass with onions.

Some people add a squeeze of lemon to the final preparation before serving.

Want a couple of suggestions to make your cocktails Gibson? Here they are:

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The Bronx Cocktail

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Fresh and ideal for multiple occasions, the Bronx cocktail is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Its ingredients are known by everyone and it is easy to prepare, so it becomes a perfect combo when we have guests and want to surprise them.

Bronx Cocktail Ingredients

  • 3cl of English gin
  • 1cl of dry vermouth
  • 1.5 cl of Red Vermouth
  • 1.5 cl of orange juice

Basically, it takes the same ingredients as a Martini, but here the orange juice is introduced, which adds a sweet taste to the dry Martini. Ideal for those who want the gin without giving up a sweeter and refreshing touch.

The Bronx origins are unclear, as with other cocktails. Some sources clearly point New York, while others think it?s from somewhere else. For example, some attribute it to Joseph S. Sormani, a restaurant owner of a restaurant in the Bronx, who invented or discovered it.

Some versions suggest that the origin is a bartender of the skyscrapers city which produced a somewhat different combination because a customer so requested so. In that case, the name would come from the zoo city name, Bronx. The Bronx was very popular in the twentieth century and it was really highly demanded in the United States.
Preparation of the Bronx Cocktail

It is made like the Martini. Pour ice in a shaker, then add the gin, the dry vermouth, red vermouth and orange juice and shake. Subsequently, serve in a cocktail glass as the Martini. We can decorate it with a slice of orange and ready!

It is a cocktail that is usually taken as an aperitif before meals or dinners or evening quietly, in the evening.

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Sweet wine to start drinking

 TAGS:Muscat has never gone through such a good moment. From being regarded to very old ladies, from being almost exclusively used on those aged female meetings in between knitting and gossiping on neighbors, daughters in law and TV characters. It has scaled to fame as now it is placed in the top trend of cool drinks that a teenager can take. Oops, let’s clear that, you cannot drink when you are a teenager… Then let´s say above twenty or whatever.

Of course, the concept has also varied a bit. That old glass muscat bottle that lasted weeks or months almost as part of the decoration of the home is not the same as the current bottle of Asti Spumante. Now it shows quite a look: with its colours and its label, pure design. And it has also become ephemeral, because you know that once you open it, that´s it… it will not last until the next.

This set of attributes positions the sweet wine as gateway to wine consumption. If a few decades ago people began to drinking wine through mixtures: with Cola, with lemonade, or with several juice and spirits (named calimocho, sangria, zurracapote … everything is already invented ) today youngsters prefer to remove bitterness to the wine without having to think much and improving in the whole presentation thing.

Hey, of course it is not the same to share a liter of any of the mixtures proposed in previous lines in a plastic glass than inviting your darling to a sweet sparkling wine with its cool bottle and two glasses. Come on. What a knock on effect. There is no possible comparison.

And there it begins. I’m talking about the wine. So Muscat is followed by a Lambrusco or other sparkling rosé or cava, the natural progression would continue with a glass of white wine and there we are on the red wine doors.

This progression is similar to that of beverages. You start with a martini with lemon or Ponche Caballero and coke, there can be nothing sweeter. You continue with whiskey, vodka or gin accompanied by their sodas. And finally you start tasting it without anything else apart from water at most . Luckily, we will always have mojitos and daiquiris to remember those first toast without having to taste their original combinations. because, after achieving a trained palate and a certain drinks understanding, they would know probably taste like hell.

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Italian Vermouths : The most famous ones

 TAGS:The vermouth, a family member of the German absinthe, is a liqueur made from white wine and absinthe, served as an appetizer. The vermouth was born in the city of Turin in 1700 and has not stopped to please the most refined palates in the world since then.

The vermouth can be dry white, from France or red and sweet, from Italy. From the late eighteenth century, the brothers Luigi and Giuseppe Cora started to industrialize the preparation of Vermouth.  

Italian vermouth comprises over 40 herbal extracts, roots, flowers, spices and fruit essences. They are mixed with alcohol in a container, two turns a day for a period of two weeks and after that the wine and sugar are added.

Among the most successful Italian vermouth worldwide it is necessary to talk about Campari, a drink created in 1860 in Milan, owned by the Campari Group. It has spread around the world thanks to a strong advertising campaign with big movie stars and with its characteristic red icon. It is refreshing on the palate; it is now produced in Italy, Brazil and Argentina.

Another popular brand is Cinzano Vermouth, created in Turin by the Cinzano family since the sixteenth century, who made wine and acquired a license to distill brandy. In 1757, returning from the University of Torino, the Licor Confectioners Carlos Stefano and John James Cinzano start to open market business everywhere. In the late eighteenth century the red vermouth was created and manage to make history worldwide. In 1999 Cinzano is acquired by the Campari Group.

There are different presentations: Cinzano Rosso is the traditional presentation of vermouth, Cinzano Bianco, whiter and drier than rosso, the Cinzano Extra Dry, a slightly spicy dry vermouth or Cinzano Rosé, with a pinkish exquisite taste of roses, among others.

Cinzano also has a number of fizzy drinks as Gran Cinzano, Muscat made from white Trebbiano, Chardonnay or Pinot Cinzano sparkling wine made from Pinot and Chardonnay, and others.

Other vermouth Italian of great importance are the Montana Perucchi and Martini & Rossi, the starter probably is nice to share with family and friends, is that it is perfect while enjoying the more interesting chats. Reminds to serve it cold with some ice and soda.

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The 10 favorite drink of the gay community

 TAGS:What created the recent interest the alcohol industry showed toward the gay community? A new social fight for the industry ? Let?s be honest, the reason of this renewal of consideration is more likely to be laying on the results of a new study that revealed this breaking news: the gay population invests between 6000 and 8000 billion Euros a year in beverages in the UK. In those conditions, satisfying the tastes of this huge market might not be a bad idea. Question is, is there?s any specific ?gay community tastes?? (In terms of cocktails.) Or is it just a new marketing invention? Well, let?s give some credit to the Queerty Web Site and see what those so called favorite drinks are. 

10 – The Margarita. Faithful to his great fame all over the world, the Margarita seems to be consumed within the gay community too. The key to its success definitely is the tequila‘s quality.

9 – Granada Martini: The gay Queerty website affirms that it has been popularized thanks to resemblance with the Cosmopolitan, in term of color.

8 – The Mojito: Despite appearing simple at first, this drink hides a complex equilibrium that is hard to reach. Its Latin origins and its strong taste make it a daring cocktail that is consumed everywhere in the world. The gay community seems to drink it too.
7 ? Égalité (Equity): We already mentioned the launch of this Cremant de Bourgogne specially created for gay weddings. This New York label is known for its heart surrounded by the gay community rainbow.
6 – Dirty Martini is made with a splash of olive juice, and is garnished with olives. It tastes delicious and gives a new facet to the common Martini.

 5 – Appletini: Its flavor is very delicate, thanks to the fruits that are used as a main ingredient.  
4 – Purple Hand Beer: This drink was created in 2011 in Mexico. It is very easy to recognize thanks to the purple hand label.
3 Rosé Wine: The rosé wine is a classic and doesn?t lose its fame thanks to innovating winemakers. For example, the St. Ynez vineyard is only produced by women. Such a great progress needed to be mentioned.
2 – Two-Manhattan: Few cocktails have as much personality as this one.
1- The Cosmopolitan: Is Sex and the City a reference in terms of drinks? Finally the ultimate gay drink cocktail is the Cosmopolitan. Its invention is claimed between Miami and New York but the fact is that since its creation in the late 1980s it never went out of fashion.

Do you think the “gay drinks” really exist? Or is it just a new marketing creation? Anyway, we recommend you two good vodkas in order to try the famous cosmopolitan !

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