Cocktails have always had a certain mystique to them, whipped up behind the bar by experts that mix secret ingredients in their drinks for extra flavor and flair. Recently a new trend has emerged in the cocktail world, one that combines food and flavorings into the drink, creating gourmet cocktails. Cocktails have been around forever, click here, but throughout time a few favorites have stood the test of time. Margaritas are a perfect example. The are hundreds of recipes for the perfect margarita with multiple ingredients that can be used to create one that is truly unique.Didnâ€™t catch that? This explains it. Older cocktails such as the Gin Rickey, Manhattan and the Rob Roy have made recent comebacks in popularity. Rum, tequila, vodka, bourbon and gin can all be added to a variety of mixers such as fruit juices, club soda, pop, or tonic in order to create popular cocktails. Fruit slices, sugar, spices and herbs are also used frequently to add flavor. Drinks can be served on the rocks, which is with ice, or frozen, served in crushed ice. Alcoholic beverages can also be served straight up with no ice or neat, which is also served without ice but is served in an old fashioned glass.
Moonshining is still a way of life for many people in the country. It might not be a public business, but it is a prosperous business for those who do it. Most moonshining is done in mountainous regions like West Virginia. It can be risky because if you get caught, you could face years in jail or prison. Television shows have made the business look easy at times, but it is actually difficult to do. Some alcohol stores sell a brand of moonshine that is made of some of the same ingredients, but it is not Read the rest of this entry »
George Washington is known for crossing the Delaware and leading the United States to victory in the American Revolution, but he also pioneered several successful agricultural enterprises, one of the most successful of which was his whiskey distillery at his home at Mount Vernon.
In 1797, Washington’s farm manager, the Scotsman James Anderson, convinced Washington to build the distillery. By 1799, it was producing over 11,000 gallons of whiskey annually for domestic use and for export. The distillery was a two story building, comprised of the distillery itself, an office, a storage cellar, Read the rest of this entry »
Many states in our nation today still have what are called, “Blue laws”. What is a blue law you might ask? A law from Colonial times prohibiting certain activities such as purchasing alcohol on a Sunday. These were strict religious laws and strictly enforced. Today many of these laws are considered obsolete, yet many of them still remain on the books. A few examples.
It is illegal to have beer bottles larger than 16 ounces. Furthermore, there are Read the rest of this entry »
Beer, glorious beer! Loved the world over, and loved slightly more in some places than others. You may be surprised to find which countries consume the most beer. Here is a breakdown of the top three beer consuming countries in the world, taking into consideration the total volume of beer consumed in each country.
1. China consumed the most beer in 2010 by scoffing a total of 44,683 thousand kiloliters. The Chinese favor lagers, and there are many regional Chinese breweries producing this type. Although this country consumes the most beer in volume, it only equals to about 1.2 bottles per Read the rest of this entry »
There is no set period when what we have come to know as “happy hour” really began. As a general term it means a period where friends or colleagues could gather together for a drink. The oldest reference to this time is found in the nineteen twenties as a reference to the times when Navy ships would hold scheduled events as a way of entertaining the sailors on board. This scheduled entertainment did not revolve around drinking Read the rest of this entry »
Cocktails have always had a certain mystique to them, whipped up behind the bar by experts that mix secret ingredients in their drinks for extra flavor and flair. Recently a new trend has emerged in the cocktail world, one that combines food and flavorings into the drink, creating gourmet cocktails.
Cocktails have been around forever, but throughout time a few favorites have stood the test of time. Margaritas are a perfect example. The are hundreds of recipes for the perfect margarita with multiple ingredients that Read the rest of this entry »