It's time to toast with your loved ones. Besides champagne and wine, which are all on Christmas tables, cocktails are ideal for spending the holidays with family. From Christmas to New Year. Tempting, no?
In our series on cocktails, today we are going to discover the caipiroska, perhaps one of the least known, but just as tasty as the other ones, that is perfect for the hot summer we’re living.
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:
Smirnoff Red Label Screw Cap 1L
Grey Goose Vodka 1L
In recent years, the liquors of different flavors are becoming more prominent in formal or friend lunches and dinners. With citrus, cinnamon, fruits and even flowers. The best is that they offer new flavors always good to find out.
They are usually taken at desserts or in the afternoon when we have a snack, with chocolate or a sweet cake. And these liquors, especially the ones made with berries, contrast with the sugar in the desserts and their pairing is perfect.
The most popular of the fruit liquors are, for example, the hazelnut liqueur, perfect for after dinner, as their bitter taste considerably reduces the feeling of being full after long and abundant lunches and dinners. The most famous, of course, is the Frangelico, which is produced in the Piedmont region of Italy, and has a history of 300 years when it was elaborated by the Christian monks who lived in the mountains of this
Italy, the Renaissance (what a nice start for the post today!), we are not really going to talk about art, but almost. In the year 1525 a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to carry out a fresco of the Madonna of Saronno. The muses did the rest and so began the story of the liquor known as Amaretto.
Perhaps many of you have not tried it yet, but for sure you know the bottle, because it is one of the most striking to be found. Its design resembles a large perfume bottle and in it nothing is left to chance. Murano blown glass, square shape and the touch that makes the difference (even more): rounded edges.
Champagne or/and cava are both of the most special drinks. For this reason, the cocktails mixed with cava will be delicious and, in this way, we use the cava sometimes leftover from open bottles.
Almond and apricot, bitter and sweet, contrast is the key to the Amaretto, this Italian liqueur that takes nearly a DINA4 to write all its ingredients, especially those concerning the essence. The reason for it is the original recipe, which contents no less than seventeen different types of aromatic fruits and plants, to the delight of dreamy palates.
Art and romance are mixed in equal parts in the origin of this liqueur, which is shrouded in mystery. That's probably the reason why it is held to have aphrodisiac properties, it must be true, especially when you consider that the first time it was prepared was in 1525 and still today is the liquor of choice for a night of seduction, both for men and women.
It was almost 300 hundred years later when it began to market and today it remains a best seller of the night when it is order neat or on the rocks, simply delicious; but of course it can also be drunk together with natural orange or lemon, squeezed and with a touch of cane sugar (or a little more if you have a sweet tooth).
It is also famous today for being part of some of the best cocktails served in the most chic places: Christmas Dream, ABC Shot, Wingedman, Gambler, Be Live or Verdic are some of these mixed drinks in which Amaretto gets together with vodka, rum, coffee liqueur, whisky, Baileys or Cognac.
Another of its uses links it to the kitchen, more specifically baking. Cakes, biscuits or ice creams require its sweet and playful touch to get a different result when combined with the classic milk, flour, eggs, almonds and some fruit that vary depending on the recipe, but among which are the pineapple, peach, strawberry and pear.
Love at first sight may arise with Amaretto, at the very time to see the bottle, reminiscent of a high-end perfume. The Murano glass and its geometry, softened by the curves of its edges make us want to have it in our hands. And once it gets to there, there is no turning back, you must help yourself to a drink.
Luxardo, Venice, Barbero, Itaca are some of the brands they sell, along with others like Marie Brizard, which offers it in its cream version, but none can compare to Disaronno, which is the original one and that is why in its name it has its origin written.