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Hot Toddy Collection

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A punch can actually be hot or cold and the Hot Toddy is the perfect punch for winter as it is usually taken hot. In fact, in areas with a long tradition in whiskey, such as Ireland and Scotland, it is usually taken as a last drink before going to bed, in order to fight the cold and flu.

Some say that the name may also have Indian origin, as there is a drink called Toddy in India, made from fermented palm sap. But both the tradition in the UK (and therefore across the Commonwealth, of which India was a part), and the use of whiskey as most typical ingredient seems that the most reliable source is the British.

The Hot Toddies are usually made of a distilled beverage, water, sugar and spices infused. But for the Hot Toddy there are different variants to suit different tastes and can be made according to ingredients available at home. Here are different types:

Original Hot Toddy:
This is the classic Hot Toddy; many people associate it with whiskey, bourbon or brandy. As the distillate varies by country where it is made, we will show regional variations:

Ingredients for a Scottish Hot Toddy:

Scottish Whisky
Boiling water
Sugar or honey
As spice is often used to infuse, lemon peel and cinnamon stick

Ingredients for an Irish Hot Toddy:

Irish Whisky
Boiling water
Brown Sugar
As spice is often used clove, lemon peel and cinnamon stick

Ingredients for an American Hot Toddy:

Bourbon
Ginger Ale
Lemon
Honey
Preparation:

In all cases the drinkis added to boiling water, along with the botanical, and cover for a couple of minutes for the aromas to infuse. It?s usually taken warm or hot. Here are other variants of the original Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy Alcohol-free:
Ideal for non- drinkers or to serve the children of the house while we took our Hot Toddy. Substitutes distilled drink by tea, either Earl Grey, Green Tea, Oolong or Black.

Hot Gin Toddy:
As the name indicates the Gin is essential part of your preparation, as it is one of the best drink to prepare punches.

Great Ron Toddy
Done by combining the taste of rum with orange liqueur and a touch of lemon in hot water.

Ginger Hot Toddy
Ginger is used by many in the preparation of hot punch, and Hot Toddy ginger is combined with bourbon to create an excellent result.

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Types of whiskey

 - As we all know, the whisky is a cereals distilled beverage of Irish and Scottish origins, which dates back to the time of the Celts. The first written documents do not appear before the XV century. This is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in the world, and a culture around its production and tasting has developed, comparable, in some countries, with the wine culture of the Mediterranean area of Europe.

If we classify the different types of whisky, its place of origin is key, since according to where the raw materials used are produced, the beverage can vary greatly, and its development process, which may involve different techniques that influence taste and nose, aging and conservation.

Thus, we can distinguish between the following categories:

Among the Scotch there are different varieties: The grain whiskey, non- malted barley and corn, and aged for a minimum of 4 years. The Malt whiskey, which is usually the most appreciated, elaborated entirely from malted barley and aged in oak that previously contained Sherry or Bourbon. The Blended, which comes from the mixture of the above, so that a variety of aromas and flavors with different characteristics are created.

The Irish one is similar to the malt whisky in its preparation, but is distilled three times and uses a portion of unmalted barley and dried malt coal instead of peat, such as Scotch whiskey. The result is a drink with a more pronounced flavor and great personality..

As for the Americans, the best known is the bourbon, made from corn, malted barley and rye, but we must also highlight the rye varieties , corn (maize), tennessee (similar to bourbon but greater presence of com corn) and Canadian, developed on rye and malted barley and corn presence in smaller proportions.

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The 3 drinks drink to accompany the song Whiskey whiskey whiskey

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Whiskey lovers have found their ode, their ballad, their anthem. With “Whiskey whiskey whiskey”, John Mayer’s popular song, the author makes us want to sit on a comfortable sofa, open a bottle and enjoy our favorite spirits accompanied by good music.

Well … the goal is to stop before finishing as the character of the song, who does not live on love and fresh water, but of “whiskey whiskey whiskey, water water water, sleep.? You can choose to share this moment too, arguing with a friend whether the character had or had not a sandwich between the “water” and the “sleep”. 

A quality whiskey needs to be savored! Need recommendations? Here are the three best whiskeys of the moment! 

3. The classic

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2. The perfect gift

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1. The must have !

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After Shock, liquor for strong palates

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For those who want new, strong, explosive flavors and always in small doses, there are some spirits with strong personalities. Today we present the After Shock, which for those who have not heard about it, it is a strong alcoholic drink that something have a different flavors (hence the name). Of course, it tastes cinnamon and pepper, which causes still more bitter taste.

It became commercially by 1987 in Britain and spread among British students looking for something strong and very fashionable. It should be noted that the color of the liquor is usually blue or red, and the bottle design is also really striking.

Therefore it is popularized to become a really cool drink. In appearance, both inside and in the outside of the bottle can resemble the Blue Tropic, but the taste really has nothing to do.

It has an alcohol content of about 40% no less! Often drunk in a shot glass. In Germany and England it is much more popular and in Spain it costs more to find a bottle, but it’s always possible to buy After Shock on beverage stores online. It is a good gift when invited to a dinner. Everyone will try some glasses after a heavy menu, because we’ll need it.

As we have noted, it has different flavors. We found the After Shock Blue, Blue color; it tastes like strong mint with pepper and cinnamon. And the Red one has a very similar flavor. This liquor can be mixed with other beverages and is used to make cocktails, just put a few drops of liquor mixed with fruit juice, some vodka, Malibu, whiskey or lime … to counter the powerful taste of After Shock. You know, if you like excitement, the After Shock is for you, always in moderation.

Did you know the After Shock? Then I’m sure you’re a fan, so today I offer the best price:

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The 5 Jack Daniel’s best sellers

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The Jack Daniel’s Distillery is one of the most famous (and controversial) distilleries in the world. Its flagship product, the Jack Daniel’s is still at the center of discussions as to whether it is a whiskey or bourbon. This controversy helped the famous brand of Tennessee to achieve its world-renowned. In your opinion, what are the Jack Daniel’s best sellers? products on Uvinum? Keep reading, you’ll be surprised…

The answer is simple: the bourbon must be made in Bourbon County, Kentucky, while Jack Daniel’s is made in Lynchburg, Tennessee. In addition, the bourbon is distilled once while Jacky is distilled two times.

So Jack Daniel’s is not bourbon but a Tennessee whisky. This confusion, which is powered by the distillery (which clearly indicates that it is a Tennessee whisky), comes from our habit of calling all American Bourbon whiskey, even if they don?t come from Bourbon County. In fact, we should call it “whiskey” and not whisky, as indicated on the label. This is the name of American and Irish whiskeys, unlike Scottish, Canadian and Japanese (whiskey).

And now that we have clarified the question, what do you think are the five best-selling products of Jack Daniel’s? Uvinum ‘s  users are extremely knowledgeable, and like these five products, more than Jack Daniel’s classic itself:

5. The gentleman

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 4. The Gold Medal

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3. The old one

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2. The silver select

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Jack Daniel’s Silver Select

 

 

1. The classic Best seller

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What is the whiskey cream?

 TAGS:The whiskey cream is a drink made of whiskey, condensed milk, cream, chocolate syrup, instant coffee and vanilla extract. One of the most popular ones is the Baileys, owned by RA Bailey & Co. of Ireland. Most whiskey creams have an alcohol content of 17% by volume.

You can make your own homemade whiskey cream. The only real difference you will find with the commercial one is that the process used tends to homogenize the cream by mixing the ingredients that avoid the separation in the bottle once stored. Its life is 24 months; therefore you must verify the date on the label. The homemade whiskey cream should be drunk in two months.

The whiskey cream is widely used alone with a little ice, but it can also be used as an ingredient in cocktails of different types, there is a drink called Horlicks which consists of coffee and whiskey cream without heating. The whiskey cream is one of the favorite drinks of the women for its delicate and delicious taste of whiskey.

When making homemade whiskey cream it is not necessary to leave it several days at rest. You can prepare it the day before or the day of your celebration, and serve it right away. It will have the same soft color, creamy consistency and delicious flavor that you like in your commercial whiskey cream.

Want to compare your homemade cream with the commercial ones? Today we recommend the best sellers:

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Whisky Glossary (I)

 TAGS:Among the wide variety of drinks whisky is definitely one of the most appreciated. But as each great topic, it has its own language. Are you ready to enter into this amazing world by learning a bit of the ?great spirit? vocabulary?

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ABV: An acronym that refers to the percentage of alcohol.

Amylase: Enzyme that converts starch into maltose.

Age: Aging time of whisky, indicated on the label.

B

Ball of Malt: A glass for irish wiskey.

Backset: Liquid at the bottom of the stills after distillation.

Beer Ale: Protein-rich beer, it is used as a basis for the development of whisky.

Bond: A whisky left in customs warehouses until the taxes are paid.

Bothie: Building that housed clandestine distilleries in the Scottish Highlands. Some were hidden underground.

Bourbon: An American corn whiskey that is kept in oak barrels.

Brewing: A process in which the beans are crushed and fermented in hot water to create yeast.

C

Carbonization: Process in which the interior of the drums is exposed to flames. It is this process that gives it a very special color and flavor.

Cytase: An enzyme which breaks down cell walls and allows access to starch.

Congeners: Chemical compounds produced as a result of the fermentation and maturation. They are composed of ether, alcohols and acids.

Couch: After the barley begins to germinate in a second tank.

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Distillation: Vaporization of liquid through heat, which leads to the alcohol condensation.

Drachma: A glass for scottish whisky.

Dram: A Scottish term for a measure of spirits, particularly whisky.

Drum Malting : Large drum which is turned constantly until the malting process is complete.

E

Enzymes: In whisky production, enzymes are present within cereal grains which convert starch into a fermentable substance.

F

Feints: During the second distillation, the “heart of heating” will be put into barrels. The rest is called “Feints”. It is unpotable even to the most hardened drinker. 

Fermentation: The conversion of sugar into carbon dioxide and ethyl alcohol with the addition yeast enzymes.

Foreshots: The first part of the second distillation run.

G

Green Malt: Green Malt is barley that has begun the process of germination.

K

Kilning: In malting, the process of arresting the growth of the germinating barley before starch can be used up.

L

Low Wines: Low Wines are produced in the first distillation in a Wash Still.

Lyne arms: Arm that connects the still to the capacitor.

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Mashing: Process of mixing milled grain and water. The mixture is then heated. This technique allows the enzymes to change the starch into sugar.

Mash Tun: Also known as Mash tub. The vessel in which Mashing takes place.

Malting: Controlled germination of grain.

Mash Bill: In North America, the proportion of different grains used for Mashing.

Mixture: Liquid mixed with boiling water to extract the soluble starch and convert maltose.

Did you know all these words? Which one did you find most interesting? Do you use them often? Today, in order to practice this new language, we recommend the following whiskies:

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U.S. whiskey (II)

 TAGS:In this opportunity we will talk about the American Bourbon types:

Rye Whiskey

Rye Whisky Bourbon can not be called that way unless the grain mass from which proceeds is at least 51% rye instead of corn. A “straight rye” is a rye whiskey that has been aged in charred oak barrels for at least two years. In the past most Canadian whiskey is made with rye and, confusingly, Canadian whiskey is still known as “Rye” in many parts of the United States to this day, although very few reach Canadian whiskey, 51% rye regulations.

The rye whiskey has a prolonged aging and is usually fuller and spicier than bourbon. For this reason, it makes an excellent alternative to Buorbones in the preparation of the famous’ Old-Fashioned “the classic cocktail, perfectly blending delicate complement and bitter orange.

Popular brands include Jim Beam and Wild Turkey, along with the lesser known Winkle and Van, Rittenhouse and Sazerac.

Corn Whiskey

Corn whiskey is, perhaps unsurprisingly, corn whiskey containing more than 80% and is aged in barrels uncalcined unlike Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey. As it is aged in new charred oak barrels for two years can not be called “straight whiskey.” In many ways, the corn whiskey is a throwback to the American whiskey of the past: is produced from grain more garato for immediate consumption, as the first whiskey distilled by Southern farmers as typical in the 18th century.

Many brands of corn whiskey are represented using their traditional agricultural and historical roots, which are sold in earthenware jars presenting old style or, in the case of Georgia Moon, with a label with pride and bragging says “Guaranteed at least thirty days of old “

Tennessee Whiskey

The most common misconception about American whiskey is that Jack Daniel’s is a Bourbon. In the process of Lincoln County whiskey is filtered through approximately 10 feet of maple charcoal before aging in charred oak barrels. This active filtering process means that the final product can not be called Bourbon. The Lincoln County Process creates a smooth whiskey. Ironically, however, some time after the invention of the process the county boundaries were redrawn and now none of the distilleries that use the process is in Lincoln County.

Single Barrel

The Whiskey Single Barrel (single cask) is a single-barrel bottling (the clue is in the name), which has been specially selected – usually by the master distiller or some specialized fixture company – as a perfect whiskey himself and too good to be used for mixing to create one of the everyday products of the distillery.

These Whiskies are designed to demonstrate the highest expression of a brand – they represent the zenith of a distillery capacity and skill of the master distiller. The disadvantages of a single barrel whiskeys are: on one hand, are inherently very limited production, the realistic maximum is around 500 bottles, so that when you have finished your favorite bottle may not is easily again. Second, for all the reasons stated above, barrel whiskeys may be considered expensive, although there are examples of great affordable prices as available from the likes of Evan Williams and Eagle Rare. In short, for those wishing to try the best we can offer the bourbon whiskey “Single Barrel” is a good place to start, your taste buds will thank you.

Small Batch

 As the “Single Barrel” whiskey, “Small Batch” is elitist and exclusive taste: Mix a very small number of exceptional casks (usually no more than 10 barrels, but maybe less), the characteristics of these small lots include for quality and depth of flavor – but has the added advantage of being given greater availability, it is easier to get and cheaper than the “Single Barrel” but generally the price difference is small but there.

The main difference between the Single Barrel whiskeys and small batch is that where individual barrels are a product of pure nature, small batch whiskeys are designed and built by the trained palate experience. The small batch whiskeys are testing the skills of master blenders that make them. To create a small batch whiskey, you should know that barrels to collect in order to achieve the desired end result and then mix them with skill to achieve the perfect balance of flavors, smoothness and power.

For this reason, a good small batch whiskey can sometimes exceed whiskeys “Single” as they are works of art, while individual examples of the barrel could be seen as accidents of nature if you will.

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U.S. whiskey (I)

 TAGS:The Bourbon got its name because customers in New Orleans were offer to order the whisky produced in Bourbon County (Kentucky), which contained many major producing cities.

The history of this drink dates back to the eighteenth century when American farmers began the adventure of surplus distilled grain crops. A new industry and tradition had come: the great American whiskey. Whiskey production became widespread and after a dispute over taxes collected by the government (which led to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794), many producers moved south into Kentucky and Tennessee, where they met some excellent conditions for the production of and easy access to transportation by river for their goods. Soon places like Bardstown and Louisville had blossomed into thriving communities whiskey producers.

The business became industry, the American palate had learned to appreciate that unique and distinctive blend of flavors. Three centuries later still the favorite in America and in many cases outside its borders, competing on the palate along with more traditional Scotch whiskeys and renowned. Much time has elapsed since its introduction to the market and consumer tastes. A strong and powerful industry that nevertheless retains traditional features when it comes to creating as characteristic drink.

Over time, improvements in the process of making whiskey were introduced: Coking barrels to produce a rich and sweet high quality spirit. The success of the whiskeys produced led to the widespread adoption of these new methods and quickly became the industry standard.

Like any industry based on tradition and the requirement to comply with U.S. trade law whiskey can only be called bourbon if it meets the following conditions:

Grain mix used in production must consist of not less than 51% and not more than 80% of maize. Typical corn content is around 70%.
The rest consists of other cereals, usually rye, wheat and malted barley.
The whiskey should be left in the still of alcohol not exceeding 80 per volume
It must be aged in white oak barrels charred on a percentage not exceeding 62.5 when it goes into the barrel.
Do you know the best American bourbon? Surely you surprised today with our recommendations:

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Best syrups for the best cocktails

 TAGS:For me it is impossible to talk about the best cocktails and not to mention the syrup, but not anyone in general but Monin syrups in particular, because they work the essence of flavor like no other and, moreover, this year they celebrate one hundred years enriching and improving all cocktails that have them in their recipes.

After my best friend came back from his revealing trip to Brazil Kahlúa was always present in our celebrations. Kahlúa and rum, to prepare the delicious Kalhúa Mambo, with tequila, for Kahlua Rita or vodka, for that provocative Kahlua Black Russian. However, when we were already fully immersed in the exciting world of amateur mixology, we decided to change drink as the kahlua did not respond too well to mix with syrups.

Our next bet was rum. With it we rode along the whole ethyl ? rainbow drinking from a tasty Pretty Guava (rum, orange juice and grenadine syrup) to a Watermelon Martini (rum, strawberry juice and cranberry syrup and watermelon), not forgetting of course the blue Cuban Passion (dark rum, pineapple and banana juice, passion fruit syrup and blue curacao syrup).

At this point it was impossible not to keep on experimenting on it. So we had no choice but to buy gin, whiskey and select buy a large assortment of syrups that would inspire us to improve our technique. For those who want to do this experiment at home, I only have a couple of warnings: better in company than solos and please do not try it all on the same day, even pleasure must be dosed.

If someone wants to start their wanderings with Monin syrups and whisky for a personal cocktail, I would recommend a couple of the existing ones: God Sister or Creamy Blend. The first one is prepared in a simple way. You just have to take your favorite Scotch (you can also use Canadian whiskey) and Monin Amaretto syrup. For the second you would do the same, substituting amaretto syrup for a chocolate one and adding a generous bit of vanilla ice cream.

And for Gin lovers I would recommend the Grape Gin Martini (there can be nothing more chic than this drink), which combines gin, grape juice and cinnamon syrup. Delicious!

Finally, I will have to admit that there is no human way of drawing a conclusion to this experiment, among other reasons, because Monin keeps proposing new syrups and I want to try them all! My next purchase will be two of them: Almond syrup and Roses syrup, do you want to join me?

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Monin Roses Syrup, smooth and elegant

 

 

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Monin Almond Syrup, slighty bitter