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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

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New cocktails from the far East

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Hong Kong has numerous flashy cocktails, product of the characteristic ingenuity of the Far East’s inhabitants. You might dare to prepare some of them at home with ingredients you get in our store, or perhaps these cocktails will give you the expected final push that will make you undertake that trip you dreamed of so many times. If you make them at home, remember, all of them are characterized by the excellent presentation and aesthetic harmony. Think Feng Shui!

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Wine against stress

We know that wine has many properties. It maintains heart rate, is an antioxidant and provides general health. Many doctors recommend drinking one or two glasses a day.

It also serves to reduce the stress. A study of the University of Sunderland in England analyzed the drinking habits of five different groups of workers, both public and private sector between 21 and 55 years old. It states that British consumers who drink wine use it as a stress reducer.

This happens much more in the middle class workers. In fact, it establishes that they can drink wine to escape, for example, after a tiring day. The choice is based on the knowledge of each drink when choosing the type of drink they want, either for dinner or for a quiet drink.

Research of the University of Sunderland concluded that there is a common perception among some groups of people who regularly drink wine at home to combat stress. And it states that they normally have a low consumption, regulated, studied and nothing problematic.

And that wine, particularly red wine, provides minerals for the body, such as zinc, magnesium, iron and potassium, as well as improving blood circulation in the brain.

Wine is an anti-stress drink, since the percentage of alcohol is relatively low and acts directly as relaxing in the brain.

Does it mean that a good Rioja wine will help you be more relaxed? By the way, today I recommend two great wines for you:

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Campo Viejo Crianza 2008

 

 

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Dinastia Vivanco Reserva 2005

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Sancerre's wines

 TAGS:Sancerre is a wine region on the banks of the Loire. In this region there are numerous hills full of vineyards that form a great landscape. In Sancerre different soils and microclimates enables the cultivation of different varieties for wine production. From 250-400 meters above sea level, this area is characterized by dry winters, reliable rainfall for the months of May and July, and heat in the months of August and September.

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Mezcal and Tequila, one family, two drinks

The Mezcal and Tequila have so many similarities that it might be difficult at first to taste the difference. But they both have very specific production processes. It enables consumers to differentiate these two popular  Mexico’s distillates that never go out of style.

Basically, Tequila is a variety of Mezcal. Tequila is the product of an industrial process that facilitates high production volumes and contains 49% carbohydrates and chemicals and Mezcal is an alcoholic beverage free of chemical additives, 100% made with agave with traditional processes.

The Tequila is from Jalisco while Mezcal is from Oaxaca. Tequila is made from agave Tequilana Weber while Mezcal is made from agave angustifolia Haw (this agave is bigger and has more sugars)

You can recognize the Mezcal for its strong aromatic flavor and the Tequila for its neutral taste. In the Mezcal bottle you can see a worm. This is a sign of authenticity. Other name for the Tequilana agave is blue agave. The plant produces the basic liquid with which the drink is made and grows between the towns of Tequila and Tepatiplán in a mountainous area.

For the production of Tequila, the agave pulp is squeezed. The juice is then mixed with sugarcane, corn and yeast then fermented for days in steel tanks, and distilled water is added. It finally is aged in wooden barrels or tanks for two months to seven years. It is during this period that it gets its characteristic color and sold prices are based on the aging time.

There mezcal enthusiasts defend the purity and aromatic, while proponents of Tequila enjoy this beverage around the world. Be sure to try both before you choose your favorite.

And you, what do you prefer? Today I recommend one of each so you can compare, and a small dessert bonus …

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Mezcal Gusano Rojo

 

 

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Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado

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The 10 favorite drink of the gay community

 TAGS:What created the recent interest the alcohol industry showed toward the gay community? A new social fight for the industry ? Let’s be honest, the reason of this renewal of consideration is more likely to be laying on the results of a new study that revealed this breaking news: the gay population invests between 6000 and 8000 billion Euros a year in beverages in the UK. In those conditions, satisfying the tastes of this huge market might not be a bad idea. Question is, is there’s any specific “gay community tastes”? (In terms of cocktails.) Or is it just a new marketing invention? Well, let’s give some credit to the Queerty Web Site and see what those so called favorite drinks are. 

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Spanish wines abroad

 TAGS:What do you think that is known about Spanish wine outside of Spain? Do you think that it would be good enough? Do you think that the selection of Spanish wine that can be bought at any supermarket in the UK, Sweden or Denmark is truly representative of what we produce in Spain? Do you really think that? Do you believe that our wines are understood beyond our borders?