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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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Pruno 2016: Based on 90% of Tinta Fina and 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the secrets of Pruno emerges precisely in the 64 hectares owned by Finca Villacreces in the “Golden Mile” of the Ribera del Duero. 

 

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Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2013 is an excellent taste of the classic Rioja. The red wine made by Marqués de Murrieta is already a set component of the Rioja list of Robert Parker.

 

Vermouth, much more than a drink

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Vermouth is a drink with a long tradition and has for a long time been widely know around the world. And now, besides the traditional way of serving vermouth, it also it contributes to give the extra touch in local bars with a modern twist.

A social drink

Vermouth is much more than a drink because it is a whole culture. A custom, a know-how, a sharing tapas with others that define the personality of people who likes to go out and talk around a glass of vermouth.

Recognized by chefs with Michelin stars

More and more renowned chefs are raising the value of this traditional drink. Vermouth now resurfaces in a state of fashion that we hope will continue This is the case of Carles Abellan, who with his Spanish tapas restaurants like Tapas24 offers vaious types of vermouth. He has even elaborated tapas to accompany the different kinds. It is also the case of Paco Perez, 5 star Michelin, who is experiencing with flavors and dishes around the vermouth.

Exhibitions

And not only bars surrender to vermouth, but workshops, tastings and fairs that take this drink on as a protagonist are organized. They aim to give people a chance to learn more, to discover new brands and flavors, and succeed in combining small dishes and drinks.

Not only on Sundays

Since the vermouth has again become a drink of reference, we have discovered that what was before intended for Sundays, before lunch, now extends to snacks and dinners and different days of the week. Especially on Friday and Saturday afternoon, when peolpe meet up to socialize and relax with friends.

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Fernet Branca

 

 

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Carpano Antica Formula 1L

3 cocktails your grandparents already drank

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Since good things don’t go out of fashion, the cocktails drank by our grandparents are still the perfect choice to relax and enjoy at home. Some of these classic cocktails you can prepare at home are the Americano, the Old-fashioned and the Sidecar. It will not be hard to prepare them and you will enjoy them as much as your grandparents did.

Americano

This cocktail was originally called “Milano Torino”, thanks to the origins of its two main ingredients. In the era of alcohol prohibition in the United States, its inhabitants spent their vacation in Europe and enjoyed this cocktail so often that Italians changed its name to “Americano”.

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 1 ½ ounces Campari
  • 1 ½ ounce sweet vermouth
  • 3 ounces of ice cold soda
  • 1 slice orange or lemon

Preparation:

  1. Mix the Campari and sweet vermouth in a shaker and serve.
  2. Fill with soda and ice.
  3. Garnish with a slice of orange or lemon. 

Old-Fashioned

There are records of its invention in the Waldorf-Astoria bar book, in 1931. On it appears the name of Colonel James Pepper, owner of Old 1776 whiskey and member of the club where the mix was prepared for the first time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon soda
  • One thin strip of lemon peel

Preparation:

  1. Mix the ingredients in a shaker, pour into a cocktail glass, garnish with lemon peel on the rim and serve. 

Sidecar

This cocktail of golden appearance was created in 1931 by Harry MacElhone, founder of Harry’s Bar in Paris thanks to a frequent customer of the bar who fought the cold generated by riding on a motorcycle with an aperitif. After his visit and several drinks he could not keep his balance and they brought him home in a sidecar (a vehicle hooked to the side of a bike).

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Put all the ingredients into the shaker, shake and pour into the glass.
  2. Add ice to your liking.
  3. Garnish with lemon peel on the rim of the glass.

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Campari 1L: a vermouth native of Italy with an alcohol content of 25º. 

 

 

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Triple Sec Porthos 1L:  a triple sec from Spain and with an alcohol strength of 36º.

 

 

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Rob Roy cocktail

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Cocktails with whisky are delicious. Specifically, today we show a cocktail made with this liquor that has a long and interesting history. The Rob Roy cocktail mixes scotch whisky, something that differentiates it from Manhattan cocktail, so the flavor will also be a little different.

This cocktail pays homage to the Scottish historical character Robert Roy MacGregor, Rob Roy, also known as the Scottish Robin Hood. It is said that began to be prepared in the bar of Waldorf Astoria Hotel. And thanks to the story of Rob Roy, who became popular in different parts of the world, such as America, the cocktail increased its popularity. Therefore, its origin is Scottish and is also made with a whisky from this country.

Note that this is one of the few cocktails made with Scotch whisky, because there are not so many. This is because this type of whisky is usually something stronger.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of scotch whisky
  • 3/4 ounce Italian vermouth rosso
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Ice
  • Cherry or orange peel

Preparation

It’s really easy to prepare. Simply mix these ingredients in a shaker with ice. Then serve in a previously cooled cocktail glass, so that it can be drunk quite cold. You can decorate with a cherry or a little orange peel.

Variants

Some of the variants of Rob Roy cocktail allow to change some ingredients, such as introducing a bit of dry vermouth and another part of sweet vermouth. And some people replace sweet vermouth by a somewhat drier vermouth. However, we must recognize that red vermouth is better because its taste pairs better with scotch whisky.

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Chivas Regal 12 Years 1L

 

 

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Campari 1L

Vermouth ingredients

Vermouth is almost the most popular drink of the summer after the famous sangría. It is also true that those who like vermouth do not mind the season and they must have it with rain or wind, under the warmest sun or freezing. The ingredients of vermouth are one of those curiosities that many ask for the cocktail hour.

It is normal to have so many doubts. There are those who are more clueless than others, which only know that it comes served with a green olive on a stick, that’s all they can recognize at first glance. Well, it’s something.

Another feature of the vermouth is its performance when it’s served properly. The combination of ingredients that vermouth you chose and the shiny sinking green olive cannot be more chic. But “when am I going to talk about the ingredients?” You are probably thinking. You come here to read so you might as well read a little more …

Well, without further ado, vermouth ingredients are:

  • water (you cannot miss it in any liquid),
  • wine (the best fluid that may contain an alcoholic beverage),
  • sugar (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaasúcarrrrr)
  • …and something more.

Precisely those other things are the ones that define it, the herbs. Normally the ones used for it are wormwood or fennel, although in many cases it is incorporated some variety of anise. Small variations in ingredients and their proportions lead to big changes that open the door to new worlds of flavor. It may also happen that instead of sugar and they use concentrated grape juice, or that to your vermouth recipe caramel derivatives with coloring function are added.

Beyond the issue of the ingredients of vermouth, what matters at the time of order, serve it, enjoy it, share it is to learn to taste and lose the fear to combine it.

For example, what can be more appealing right now than a martini? If you also think so, you only need ice, gin, an olive and of course, dry vermouth. Seek the glass inverted triangle shape, pick a good hammock or chair or whatever you see fit and enjoy the day!

And for those who still do not know what to choose I propose 2 brands of vermouth that everybody likes:

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Fernet Branca, the best seller in Argentina

 

 

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Campari 1L, glam from Italy

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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Vermouth Perucchi Gran Reserva 1L

 

 

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Cinzano Rosso 1L

Digestive cocktails to be able to face more Christmas dinners

 TAGS:Christmas sometimes does not give us a breath and we might think that we are being stuffed to be taken to the slaughterhouse on January… Have you never had that feeling that you could not eat anything again in a day? Yes, you can be so full. Normally this usually happens at Christmas and when it happens, sometimes there is no choice but to replace next day fasting required for one more day?s journey stuffing oneself. The solution to get back to a table full face is choosing the right wine aperitif.

Sometimes, a good cocktail is the ideal remedy to reopen appetite so we can have the strength again to face three courses, dessert, candies and digestion. Today, however, we will not talk of liquors and spirits, but instead we will focus on the wines, which can also perform this function to get us to go hungry again.

I will divide my suggestions for wine aperitif in three parts: vermouth, sherry and manzanilla.

Vermouth: since I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the Catalan traditions at snack time, among which there are taking some chips with salsa Espinaler, I quickly joined it. How good it is!. But of course, as what helps prepare the stomach for another feast is to drink something, we will replace this snack for its drinkable version: Espinaler Vermouth Blanc and Espinaler Vermouth Negre. There is something for everyone.

Manzanilla: Manzanilla Fina Barbadillo and Manzanilla La Gitana. As soon as you have the glass in your hand you feel like for asking for olives. Oh! I already forgot that I was full. It must be the Sanlucar de Barrameda effect which makes us ready for party and revelry, no matter where we are.

Fine wines from Jerez: Lustau Palo Cortado Peninsula 2010 leads a list in which Tio Pepe or Fino La Ina cannot be missed as they are two of the leading exponents of this type of wine. For those who prefer to run away of classic in order to embark on other adventures, I would recommend Sauci S’Naranja, an outstanding alternative in color, flavor and nuances with its combination of Pedro Ximenez and Palomino Fino grapes.