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Drambuie

A combination of aged Scotch whiskies, heather honey and a recipe of secret ingredients, Drambuie is one of the best-known whisky liqueurs worldwide. It is a sweet golden coloured mix of whiskey, honey, herbs and spices. The name “Drambuie” derives from the Scottish Gaelic phrase ‘an dram buidheach’ meaning ‘the drink that satisfies’

The brand had been owned by the MacKinnon family for a hundred years but was bought by William Grant & Sons in 2014 for a rumoured price of around 100 million pounds!

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for the Drambuie Rusty Nail Cocktail

30 ml Drambuie
30 ml Johnnie Walker Black
Add both ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice and stir.
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Sambuca

 Sambuca is an anise-flavored liqueur, produced by the infusion of elderflowers and licorice, sweetened with sugar and enhanced with a secret combination of herbs and spices. White Sambuca is the traditional and generally the more popular variety, having a mellower licorice taste and lighter body than that of black sambuca.

The most popular brand of Sambuca, the one that almost stands as a synonym for the product itself, is certainly Sambuca Molinari. Sambuca Romana, however, is another popular choice in Italy. This strong, syrupy and aromatic liqueur is made with star anise and white elderflowers. It is served as a digestive or, with the addition of water, as a long (and refreshing) drink. If you order this in a restaurant, you will typically see 3 coffee beans floating in it, signifying health, happiness and prosperity!

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King’s Beer Comes To Mumbai

The iconic King’s Beer, a symbol of Goa’s ‘susegad’ culture will now be available in Mumbai in the third week of July. Earlier brewed and sold exclusively in Goa, the Impala Distillery & Brewery Ltd’s King’s Black Label Premium Pilsner is packaged in a unique 325 ml bottles and modestly priced at Rs. 40 to Rs. 100.

This beer has a distinctive hoppy flavour with light smoky malt notes. So, the next time you want a slice of Goa in the middle of the week, you can just simply sip on a bottle of King’s

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Make your own Negroni!

India saw the launch of Negroni Week between the 1st of 7th of June at restaurants like Aer, Olive Bar and Kitchen, The Elbo Room, Starboard and many others. Make your perfect Negroni with these simple steps!

Ingredients:

  • 30 ml Campari
  • 30 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Sweet Vermouth

Pour all the ingredients into a chilled cocktail glass over ice and you’re ready to go! The Negroni can also be shaken and served with a lemon twist.

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Calvados

Calvados is an apple brandy made in Normandy, northern France. It’s produced from distilled cider and matured in oak barrels. In Normandy it’s traditionally served as a digestif during the meal. It works well in cocktails and makes an excellent mulled cider mixed with apple juice, cider, cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar. The quality of the cider depends upon the type of soil, the type of orchard and pressing of the fruit.

Apples selected for distillation into Calvados fall into over 200 specially-grown varieties. Several varieties may be used into one brand of Calvados, ranging from very sweet apples, to tart to bitter, at various proportions. The fruit is harvested usually by hand from mid-October into December and pressed into a juice that is subsequently fermented into a dry cider.

It is then distilled into an eau-de-vie, which is in turn blended and matured for a minimum of two-years in casks. The longer the maturation, the more mellow the final product. Usually the maturation for Calvados goes on for several years.

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Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggins Fancy

Maison Ferrand, the French producer of Cognacs, gin, rums and other spirits recently released the Plantation Pineapple Rum ‘Stiggins’ Fancy. The Rum is named after Reverend Stiggins, a religious hypocrite from ‘The Pickwick Papers’, he often preached temperance between sips of his favourite pineapple rum.

Pineapple rum sounds like something that might have been released to fill a gap between mango rum and star fruit rum. But it dates back to the late 1700s or earlier.

It was a thing distillers used to do,” said David Wondrich, the cocktail historian who played a part in the new product. “It was done in the islands. They’d soak pineapple in the barrel; it gave the rum a sweetness and richness. It was not wildly popular, but you’d see it.”

The idea to bring it back came when Alexandre Gabriel, Ferrand’s president and owner, asked Mr. Wondrich, if he had “any other bright ideas,” as Mr. Wondrich put it.

Mr. Gabriel  was inspired by old recipes and his own expertise. He steeped the flesh of pineapples in his Plantation Original Dark Rum, an aged rum. Seeking more aroma and flavour, he distilled the pineapple rind with his Plantation 3 Stars White Rum. The two rums were blended and left in a barrel to age together.

Mr. Gabriel intended the new liquor never-to-be-repeated, something to show off as a novelty. But when he poured some out at the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail, the annual liquor convention in New Orleans, he received such a strong response. After several demands for more, he eventually decided to release it commercially, with a suggested retail price of $30.

The rum’s subtlety appealed to bartenders. It is a rum with pineapple notes, rather than a pineapple-y rum. The rum seems to lend itself well to classic cocktails.

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Woodside launches Independence Brewing Co

Woodside All Day Bar and Eatery, Andheri and Woodside Inn, Colaba recently launched Pune’s famous gastro pub, Independence Brewing Co’s exclusive artisanal premium craft beers in Mumbai. The well crafted beers like Belgian Wit Beer made up of pilsner, wheat malts and oats, Four Grain Saison made with four different grains like barley, wheat, rye and oats and Rye Pale Ale consisting of generous dose of rye malt will be exclusively available at Woodside. What’s unique about these flavour loaded beers is that they have no additives and chemicals and are made purely from good natural ingredients.

“We have consistently offered high quality beers to our guests and believe in upgrading the beer drinking culture in Mumbai”, says Pankil Shah, co-partner of  Neighbourhood Hospitality, the company behind Woodside. Independence Brewing Co was set up with the singular aim of brewing and serving specialized authentic artisanal craft beers with a wide range of at least 6 to 8 beers on tap.

IBC - Belgian Wit
IBC – Belgian Wit
IBC - Four Grain Saison
IBC – Four Grain Saison

Margaret River

It has been just 45 years since the first vines were planted, but near perfect growing conditions have enabled Margaret River to quickly become recognised as one of the world’s great fine wine regions. Celebrated as one of the world’s most conducive areas for producing Chardonnay, this region in South West Australia produces wines of great intensity, length and character.

Margaret River is possibly even more highly regarded for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends which are best known for their dense fruit flavours, complexity and cellaring potential. An appreciation for the pristine environment and a more healthy way of living among Australians has also led to an increase in the production of preservative free wine along with organic and biodynamic farming practices and wine making. The wineries are the true ambassadors for the region, and the wine industry pioneers have been responsible for putting the region on the map. With over 150 wine producers in the region you are spoilt for choice, with many of the cellar doors boasting restaurants, market gardens, inspiring architecture, art galleries and boutique giftware.

Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River

Healthy Cheese

For those of you who aren’t lactose intolerant dairy happens to be one of the healthiest, most nutrient-dense foods when made in the right way. Cheese has been one of the biggest targets of a new age war on dairy although it’s one of the tastiest and healthiest dairy products! We are not talking about the cheese that comes from a can, but the rich natural cheese that Europe has been making for centuries.

When selecting cheese, always make sure it comes from grass-fed cows. Grass-fed cows are less susceptible to disease, and have much healthier milk. Most cheese is naturally rich in vitamins D3, K2, and calcium key components for healthy bones.

Vitamin D3 is probably the most important vitamin as it reduces risks of immune system complications, and depression. In fact, after sun exposure and fish, dairy provides the highest source of vitamin D out there.The high amounts of saturated fats in cheeses are also a valuable weight loss aid because they will keep you satisfied for longer, which helps hold your food cravings at bay. In addition, most cheeses also contain significant amounts of protein crucial for muscle development.

Here are five types of cheese that are fantastic sources of vitamins, minerals and healthy protein and fat.

 Brie: a soft, white, medium-bodied French cheese that pairs well with fruits, vegetables, and cured sausages.

Gouda: a slightly yellow, semi-hard, mild-bodied cheese created in the Netherlands. Perfect when dipped in mustard or honey or honey mustard!

Feta:  Traditional feta is a combination of goat and sheep’s milk; however in the US it is more likely to be made of goat and cow’s milk.

Asiago: A cheese originally produced in the foothills of the Italian Alps, it is hard yellow cheese that has flavors similar to Parmesan and is delicious with soups, salads, and sauces.

Chèvre (Goat Cheese): This tangy, earthy cheese is not for the faint hearted — it is a soft white cheese made of goat milk, and has a very distinct flavor.

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Speyside, Scotland

The Speyside Cooperage

Playing host to over 50 distilleries, Speyside has the greatest concentration of malt whisky producers compared to any other whisky producing region of Scotland, including the Highlands (of which Speyside is a sub-region), the Lowlands or the island of Islay.

As a style, Speyside whiskies are usually lighter and sweeter than other Scotch single malts. As they grow older, they develop body. Typical flavour characteristics include green apple, vanilla, oak, dried fruit and nutmeg.

The Speyside region has the vast majority of all the Scotch distilleries, and thus there is a great variation. Aside from the lighter, honeyed single malts, there are also a small group of distilleries which produce a heavily sherried style Speyside whisky. Glenfarclas and The Macallan, for example, produce big bodied whiskies, The Glenlivet and Glenfiddich distilleries produce the most classic, typical Speyside drams, and both are world famous.