Winter drinks to celebrate the festive Season

Check out these fabulous winter drinks and celebrate in style this December, after all Tis’ the Season to be Jolly…

Eggnog – the one and only classic Christmas tipple

The trick to a good eggnog is to use only the best ingredients, critics are divided on whether or to use bourbon, rum or cognac – the choice is of course yours but a dark sweet alcohol based drink seems to work best – try mixing it up until you find your perfect combination. You’ll need to plan ahead for this recipe as a good eggnog will need at least 8 – 12 hours in the fridge for all those flavours to develop, so it’s best made the day before.

This recipe isn’t for the calorie shy – but we only make it once a year so lets throw caution to the wind and just enjoy!

Serves 6-8

In a saucepan, mix together your milk, cream, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg. Split the vanilla pod down the centre and scrape out the seeds add all of this to the mixture.

Bring your luscious smelling concoction to the boil over a medium heat, once it begins to boil remove it from the heat and set it to one side and allow all those delicious flavours to fuse together in the pan.

In the meantime in a large bowl beat the egg yolks and sugar until combined and thickened.

Carefully and slowly whisk in your set aside milk mixture – just a bit at a time until the whole thing is combined and smooth.

Next add your alcoholic beverage of choice and stir it in, then stick the whole thing in the fridge for at least 8 hours (ideally overnight).

Before serving, beat the egg whites in mixer until they begin to form soft peaks. Gently fold them into the eggnog until perfectly combined.

Serve in whatever glass tickles your fancy and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Eggnog the classic Christmas drink

ABC Shooter – lets get this party started

This simple yet visually pleasing shot is easy to make once you get a hang of the layering malarkey. Get your Christmas party started with a couple of these – but remember always drink responsibly!

Take your shot glass and add 15mls of Disaronno, next you will need to layer your Baileys on top of the Disaronno – take your teaspoon and place it bottom side up into the shot glass insuring the spoon is touching the side of the glass but not the Disaronno already in there, slowly pour 15mls of Baileys onto the back of the teaspoon so that it layers and sits on top of the Disaronno. Now for the final layer, make sure your teaspoon is touching the side of the shot glass and slowly pour the cognac on top of the Baileys then stand back and admire your creation. And remember if at first you don’t succeed then try, try again!

ABC Shooter Cocktail

Mulled Wine – nothing says Christmas like the smell of Mulled wine

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a steaming hot pot of Mulled Wine on the go, so take this classic recipe and adjust according to your taste. We’ve found in order to make a good mulled wine it is always best to cook the sugar syrup first using just a touch of the wine as this needs to be done at a high heat and cooking off the alcohol in the wine is not the end result we are looking for – so don’t be tempted to throw in all the wine at the start, take it in stages and the outcome will be fabulous. Vanilla pods, cardamom, ginger wine, allspice amongst a host of other ingredients can all be added according to how you like it – but lets start with this delicious basic recipe first;

  • 1 large orange (juice and peel)
  • 1 lemon (just the peel)
  • 150gms caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 bottles of your favourite red wine
  • 2 star anise

Start by taking a large pan and adding the orange juice and peel, the lemon peel, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add enough wine to just cover the sugar then start to heat up the mixture whilst stirring gently, once the sugar has dissolved turn up the heat and boil away for about 10 minutes or until your mixture turns into a thick syrup.

Turn the heat right down and add the rest of the wine and the star anise, give it a good stir and let it heat through gently being careful to not boil the mulled wine at this stage, once heated through serve steaming hot in latte cups or your favourite Christmas mug.

Baileys Latte – a warm mug of goodness

Quick and easy to make this delicious Baileys Latte will sufficiently warm you to your toes on those cold winter nights in.

Perfect for 1:

Chocolate shavings or powder and whipped cream to garnish
Heat your milk in a pan, don’t let it boil but heat it through thoroughly, throw your shot of espresso in the pan then transfer the lot to a latte glass, top up the glass with the Baileys and garnish with the chocolate and cream of your choice. Voilà, simple yet extremely effective.

Baileys Latte Christmas Cocktail

New Products for March

Yep March is upon us already – where is the time going? And what a month it should be… Starting with St David’s Day today, we’ve got Mother’s Day coming up on the 15th and not to forget St Patrick’s Day on the 17th. Lots to look forward to and celebrate, so we have introduced some new products to our menu to make your special occasion go down a treat.

 

Crystal Head Vodka

We’re very excited here at the office about this new addition to the menu.  A double gold award winning vodka, it is quadruple distilled and then filtered no less than seven times – but what makes it such a taste sensation is the fact that the final three filtrations are made through Herkimer diamond crystals. Completely free of additives it is thought to be one of the purest vodka’s in the world. A must try for any true vodka lover. Presented in the iconic Crystal Skull bottle which was designed by John Alexander and is made by Italian glass manufacturer Bruni Glass who declared the bottle to be of “unsurpassed design and complexity”.

The perfect gift this Mother’s Day – especially if you get to enjoy it together!

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Lambrusco Marcello Oro 

The perfect gift for mum? For all you processo lovers out there – have you tried Marcello? A sparkling red wine from the Lambruso Maestri variety, it has an intense rich ruby red colour and is a dry wine with a soft enveloping taste. Buy it on its own or pair it with a processo when you take advantage of our sparkling offer.

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Jameson Irish Whiskey

With St Patrick’s Day approaching we had to get an Irish Whiskey on our menu, we asked you guys for your opinions and the majority of you told us Jameson’s was the best. So we did our research and found out of course you guys were right – Jameson is by far the best selling Irish whiskey in the world. Established by John Jameson in 1780 at the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin and moved to Cork Distillers in 1966, Jameson Irish whiskey sold 56.4 million bottles worldwide in 2013. Produced with a blend of malted and green Irish barley both locally sourced, then dried in a closed kiln fired with natural gas, which is what makes it so distinctively different from other whiskies.

Our Jameson Irish whiskey is delivered to you in a lovely presentation box which includes two limited edition Jameson tumblers, making it the perfect gift for your friends and family this St Patrick’s Day.

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Tanqueray Gin

As gin is one of our best sellers, we thought we’d give you some more choice in your selection, so to go along side our Bombay Sapphire, Monkey 47 and Hendricks gins we chose this fabulous bottle of Tanqueray for you to enjoy. After a lot of product tasting here at the office we all agreed this one came up tops. Originating in Bloomsbury, London, it is made in the traditional London Dry way by being distilled twice with the botanicals added in the second distillation. Although the recipe is a fiercely guarded trade secret someone let it slip that it does contain juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice. Tanqueray’s claim to fame came when Snoop Dogg mentioned it in his Grammy award winning song ‘Gin and Juice’ but Snoop Dogg is not Tanqueray’s only celebrity fan, Bruce Springsteen (Johnny 99), Notorious B.I.G (Everyday Struggle) and Rita Ora (How We Do) can all be heard mentioning Tanqueray in their songs to name just a few.

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Top 7 Celebrities Immortalised with their own Cocktails

1. The Jean Harlow

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Born in 1911, Jean Harlow was a 1930’s sex symbol and was nicknamed the Blonde Bombshell. To make a classic Jean Harlow you will need:

  • 60ml Bacardi White Rum
  • 60ml Sweet Vermouth
  • Lemon Peel

Shake rum and vermouth in a cocktail shaker and garnish with lemon peel.

 

  1. The Bill Murray

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Everyone’s favourite Ghostbuster, rumour has it that this cocktail was made especially for Bill after he wondered in to The Anchor, New York looking for a drink.

  • 40ml Woodford Reserve
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 20ml Elderflower Liqueur
  • 60gms Watermelon
  • 5 Basil leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Muddle fresh watermelon and basil leaves, add Woodford Reserve, lemon juice and Elderflower Liqueur and ice, then shake. Strain into glass and garnish with pepper and a wedge of watermelon.

 

  1. The Shirley Temple

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Probably the best known non-alcoholic in the world, the Shirley Temple was invented in the 1930’s at Chasen’s Bar in California to a young and up and coming film star.

Put 7up and ginger ale into a tall glass with ice cubes. Add grenadine and stir. Top with the Maraschino cherry.

 

  1. The Charlie Chaplin

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Sir Charles Chaplin – the original silver screen celebrity had his premier cocktail made for him by the staff at the world famous Waldorf-Astoria.

  • 30ml Apricot Brandy
  • 30ml Sloe Gin
  • 30ml Lemon juice

Shake ingredients, strain and garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

 

  1. The Ginger Rogers

Born in 1911, Ginger Rogers and her dancing partner Fred Astaire revolutionised the musical film genre.

Muddle mint and ginger-pepper syrup, add crushed ice, gin and lemon juice then stir. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a mint sprig.

 

  1. The David Bowie

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British superstar David Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust are synonymous with the 70’s, this famous cocktail was created by Bowie himself!

Mix liqueur and bourbon together, fill a tall glass with ice cubes and pour over mixture. Garnish with the orange wedge.

 

  1. The Mel Gibson

Controversially named after heated calls with his girlfriend Oksana Grigorievas the Bi-Polar cocktail was created for Mel Gibson but named after Vincent Van Gogh’s condition. (we as a company are not totally convinced by the name but are sure it’ll get you fucked).

 

Mix all ingredients pour over a long glass of ice cubes and pray!

Vodquila – The new wave in Hybrid drinking?

Vodquila Vodka Tequila

It sounds lethal but could Vodquila be the best thing since sliced bread? Yep you heard right premium grain Vodka, distilled 6 times and 100% pure blue agave Tequila blended together and presented to you in a fabulously alluring bottle. The smooth, clear spirit brings forth notes of agave, menthol and spice.

The idea of American father and daughter team Chander and Nina Arora, the vision came about one evening when mixing cocktails at home and Nina asked her father why he never tried to combine his two favourite drinks. And hey presto the lovely tasting Vodquila was born, and it is now making itself clearly known in the drinks industry by winning a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition – one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the world.

Perfect served on it’s own over ice with a dash of lime or a base for a range of cocktails.

Would you like to see this on our menu? Leave a comment below and let us know!

But in the meantime why don’t you grab yourself a bottle of Ketel One, mix it up with a bottle of Patron Silver and let us know how it tastes!

Top 5 reasons why a shot of Tequila a day keeps the Doctor away!

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We all love a shot or two or three of Tequila once in a while, but now there are no excuses, or feelings of guilt! So next time you and your mates are at the bar don’t forget to get that round of Tequila Shots in – as they’re actually good for you!!

5. Tequila has been used for decades to fight flu and the common cold.

Since the time of the Spanish Flu Epidemic in 1918, tequila has been used as remedy to fight the symptoms of colds and flu – why? Well it’s quite simple really – The agave plant used to make tequila is known to reduce bacteria and can also help relieve a sore throat, mix that with some high in vitamin C lime juice, and some agave nectar for sweetness and some more of that natural bacteria fighting goodness and voilà you have the perfect cocktail to aid you on the road to recovery!

 4. Tequila can help lower cholesterol levels.

The fructans in the blue agave plant can actively reduce cholesterol and aid fat absorption in the stomach! So next time you’re at your favourite Mexican restaurant wash down that big bowl of chilli con carne with a fabulous Tequila cocktail and you just might find yourself skipping home!

read more here: http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/articles/2005/11/tequila-plant-may-help-shed-pounds-lower-choleste.aspx

3. A relaxing sleep aid

For all you insomniacs out there – next time you are having trouble falling asleep why not try a shot of Tequila – now we’re not talking 3 or 4 shots – we don’t want you to pass out! But a single shot of Tequila has been proven to stimulate relaxation therefore helping you unwind and hit the sack.

2. Tequila as a natural Colon Cleanser

Once again that magical plant the blue agave is proving it worth, this time as a natural drug transporter. When treating diseases such as IBS, Crohn disease and colon cancer one of the many challenges that doctor’s face is how to get the drugs past the stomach as most are quickly destroyed by the stomach acids. This is where those fructans come into their own again as they can resist destruction in the stomach and let lifesaving drugs pass through unharmed.

read more here: http://www.unboundedmedicine.com/2007/04/22/tequilas-medical-properties/

And in our humble opinion, the number one reason why Tequila is just so good for you is…..(drum roll please)

1. It can help to lower blood sugar and help you lose weight!!

What!!! I hear you cry… The Agave plant that is used to produce Tequila has a natural occurring sugar in it called Agavins – these agavins reduce glucose levels and increase insulin. On top of that the agavins which are non-digestible act as a fibre which can help you feel fuller which means you eat less!! It’s time for the Tequila Diet me thinks!!

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Check out the full story here http://phys.org/news/2014-03-tequila-sweetener-diabeticshelps-blood-sugar.html