Classic Cocktails to Trick You into Believing It's Summer Again
Get a Jump on 2019
Winter is all about spending time with friends and family, and, of course, complaining about how wretched the weather is. It may seem counterintuitive, but these frigid, icy evenings are the perfect time to grab a glass and treat yourself to a summer cocktail. Packed full of big summer flavors, these classic recipes are guaranteed to hit the spot and transport you six months into the future.
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From the complexity of the Singapore Sling to the simplicity of the Dark ‘n’ Stormy, these are some of our absolute favorites to enjoy the whole year round.
The Singapore Sling is a gin-based cocktail from Singapore. This long drink was developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. A tasty combination of gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
EGGNOG: Get into the Holiday Spirit
It’s that glorious time of year again. Fill the fridge with cream and eggs, and stock your bar with your favorite bourbon, rum, or brandy: it’s eggnog season. That mysterious, thick, sweet egg based delight that appears in early December and then vanishes off the face of the earth come the new year. Love it or hate it. There is no denying that eggnog has become an essential part of the holiday season—and it’s most popular here in the US. But why did such an unlikely drink like this come to symbolize Christmas?
A Brief History Lesson
While its exact provenance can be debated, most historians agree that eggnog originated from an early British drink called posset. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the drink was “a drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or the like, often sweetened and spiced.” In the Middle Ages, posset was used as a cold and flu remedy, and recipes for the concoction are known from as early as the mid-...
BOURBON - Americas Native Spirit
Bourbon has never been so popular, yet many people are still unsure how to approach it. It doesn’t have to be intimidating; you just need a brief lesson to get started (and maybe a few bottles of bourbon, too).
What Is Bourbon?
Bourbon is America’s contribution to the wonderful world of whiskey. By definition, bourbon is made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn, produced in the United States, and aged in charred new oak barrels.
History of Bourbon
The invention of bourbon is often attributed to Elijah Craig, an 18th-century Baptist minister and distiller who is said to have been the first to age the liquor in charred oak casks, a process that gives bourbon its reddish color and distinctive taste. However, that story is almost certainly apocryphal, and it is more likely that bourbon evolved from local moonshine. It wasn’t until 1840 for the whiskey to officially be labeled “bourbon,” so called because it was distil...
CHAMPAGNE & PROSECCO & CAVA, OH MY! - A Guide to Sparkling Wine
We’ve all tasted sparkling wine, at the very least around the holidays or when celebrating a special occasion: Champagne has become the drink of special occasions and Christmas, a status symbol in a delicate flute, yet Americans still don’t know much about it, which means we don’t really know how to drink it either. The French still consume more than half of the Champagne produced. And though the U.S. is the second biggest export market behind the United Kingdom, according to the U.S.-based Champagne Bureau, Americans tend to reserve Champagne for special occasions, when we really should be having it year-round, if for no other reason than it is perhaps the most versatile and foolproof food pairing wine out there.
Furthermore, most people have no idea what the difference is between wines such as Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco—or how they even get the bubbles into the wine in the first place. Let us explain. Time for a history lesson.
OKTOBERFEST - The Largest Volksfest
The Munich Oktoberfest justly lays claim to being the world’s largest folk festival (no, it’s not just about drinking beer). Over the past decade, it has attracted an average of around six million visitors a year, who between them consume almost seven million liters of beer and munch their way through thousands of grilled sausages, chickens, giant pretzels and—for those really wanting to soak it all up—wild oxen.
The festival, which lasts between 16 and 18 days, is held annually in a meadow just outside the center of Munich. In addition to eating, drinking, and dancing, visitors can enjoy colorful parades, a variety of fairground rides, and for those not themselves in traditional Bavarian gear, admire those that are.
Time for Some History
When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October 1810, the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fie...