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Brandy Alexander: Cocktails with brandy

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Cognac and brandy are often associated, wrongly, with large glasses in which to drink, slightly hot, older brandies very high alcohol content that delight the gourmets.

And yet, it seems that the brandy is an ideal beverage for the preparation of delicious cocktails. It is true that many brandies and cognacs are way too good to be mixed with another drink. As for great whiskies, it is almost a sin. But choosing an average brandy, it is possible to elaborate original cocktails that will appeal to everyone. The idea of the day: the Brandy Alexander.

Brandy Alexander

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of brandy
  • One ounce of cocoa cream
  • 2 ounces of cream
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder or chocolate powder

Preparation

Pour the brandy and the cocoa cream in a shaker. Add the cream, sugar and ice, and shake vigorously.

Serve in a glass and sprinkle with cocoa or chocolate powder.

This is a very digestive cocktail widely consumed after heavy meals.

To choose the ideal brandy for preparing a brandy Alexander, I recommend you to choose an average price one. A brandy that you can drink and enjoy alone, but not too great. It will accompany your cocktail with elegance.

Ready to prepare a Brandy Alexander? We recommend two brandies :

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Brandy Soberano 1L

 

 

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103 Etiqueta Blanca

Women too like beer

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The beer market has been favored by the preference of women to consume this refreshing drink. For example, recently it has been known that the number of female?s beer lovers in the UK has grown in the last three years.

Camra, an association for the promotion of ale beer in the UK, has been commissioned to study the figures with the launch of its Great British Beer Festival in London and says that, compared to the previous year, over 20,000 more women have joined the list of beer fans. In addition they have found that one third of women attending preferred Ale. This amount is twice bigger than 3 years ago.

This shows that women have had a higher level of openness to try the beer Ale and enjoy its delicious taste. There are currently 8,000 different brands of beer on the market, so that the British are leaning toward locally produced beers in the UK.

Some words from a representative of Camra were:

It is interesting that more and more women are preferring ale. Our national drink changed its image years ago and is now increasingly seen as a drink for women, more than for men. This trend will help put all the British beer market back on a growth path.

Christine cryne, national executive member of Camra , said :

The increased interest in real ale among women in the UK is largely due to the wide variety of beer which is now available. So it is not surprising that this trend will be replicated in countries around the world and especially in those with a prominent craft beer production.

What is your favorite type of beer? We recommend:

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Buxton Der Nord Sekt

 

 

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Moor Hoppiness 66cl

The best summer Gin and Tonic

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The Gin and Tonic has greatly evolved since the time tonic was introduced to the market as a cure for malaria. This drink with gin was invented by the British army to celebrate their victories. Today there are countless recipes and this cocktail managed to change and become more complex and sophisticated with the passing of the years.

The Gin and Tonic in all its variations is an ideal drink to enjoy and relax this summer. We can find suitable options for all tastes, from simple and classic to fruity, floral and fresh. This drink is still consumed in every corner of the world; its fame does not seem to decrease. A good Gin and Tonic requires a gin of excellent quality. The presentation is also a factor that should not be overlooked when it comes to delight our guests.

A Gin and Tonic that one must make this summer is the June & Tonic. Ready to learn how to make it?

  • 50ml of gin
  • 200ml of tonic water
  • 2 physalis

Its flavor and floral aroma will be the perfect mix of freshness and sophistication.

You can also try the Gin & Tonic of G’Vine:

  • 50 ml of G’Vine Nouaison or floral gin
  • 200 ml of tonic water
  • a thin sheet of ginger root
  • sanguine orange slice

For those who enjoy the refreshing citrus flavors, it’s time to have a Kamm & Sons:

  •  200 ml of tonic water 1724
  • 50 ml of Kamm & Sons (with ginseng)
  • 1 dash of elderflower cordial

This drink will be ideal to stimulate appetite and blood clearance thanks to the benefits of ginseng, and at the same time it will be an excuse for sharing something cool and refreshing with friends.

In these recipes you will find the key to enjoy the Gin and Tonic with premium ingredients this summer and It will also inspire you to make your own drinks and surprise everyone.

Want to try the best Gin and Tonics this summer? Then we recommend:

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Gin Gordon’s 1L

 

 

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Gin Xoriguer 1L

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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Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack

 

 

 4. The Gold Medal

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Jack Daniel’s Gold Medal 1L 1954

 

 

3. The old one

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Jack Daniel’s Jeroboam Old Nº 7 3L

 

 

2. The silver select

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Jack Daniel’s Silver Select

 

 

1. The classic Best seller

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Jack Daniel’s 1L

  

 

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

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 whisky’s world trends

Social events like the Whisky Lounge London Festival held in the year 2012 offer a fresh view of the new trends and whisky blends that are available on the market. These trends are discussed to provide more knowledge to those who like good whisky. They talk about the new distilleries in London, featured beverages and processes, new brands, among other things.

The Japanese Whisky is one of the trends that has gained more fame in recent years, positioning itself internationally as a favorite. I think we all remember the Japanese beverage brand Suntory for that commercial that records the protagonist of the “Lost in Translation? film. This brand has become an institution with options like Hakoshu whisky, Yamazaki and Hibiki.

For women there are also options that have been very well received in the market for its fruity and delicious flavor. Mainly, the Scottish malt whisky is one of the favorites of the women for his touch of vanilla and spicy nuances. Additionally, Jameson Irish whisky released their black barrel option, which consists of a whisky barrel burned out twice to reinforce its characteristic charred.

We rarely hear of whisky in India, but this has been successfully known over time with the brand Seven Islands. It is a single malt Scotch whisky that you should not miss if you get the chance to taste it.  Other options are available today, such a single distillation whiskies, grain whisky free to get back to the origins of Irish whiskey, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the triple-distilled whisky.

One constant in all of these trends is the quest for the recovery of traditional methods of production, looking to provide unsurpassed quality products.

The very new emergence tool for lovers of whisky is an applications for smartphones that helps you figure out where to get the whiskies that you like, giving you an extra resource to optimize your time.

Whisky lover? Then we recommend:

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Jack Daniel’s Silver Select, one of the best whiskies of Jack Daniel’s Distillery

 

 

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The Famous Grouse 1L, the best seller Whisky of Matthew Gloag & Son Ltd. in the UK

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