History of the Cocktail

Every time you’re at a party, sipping a cool / colourful cocktail do you ever wonder about the first cocktail ever made?

Here’s one theory about the first cocktail.

In 1586, a fleet of English ships commanded by Sir Francis Drake was stranded near Havana. The ships were full of plundered gold but the crew were too sick to sail or fight.

According to the legend, Drake took local medicines such as mint (good for stomachs) lime (to treat scurvy), bark from the chuchuhuasi tree soaked in rum (a cure for dysentery), and cane sugar (to make it all taste OK), and mixed it all together. The resulting drink, dubbed El Draque, cured his sailors.

The word ‘cocktail’ comes into it because Drake’s crew allegedly drank this concoction from a long spoon with cock tail handle. Believe that? Well, it is just a theory. There is however a striking resemblance between the El Draque and the drink now known as the Mojito.

The other theory about the first cocktail came from the Americans.

America’s first cocktail, the Sazerac, was created in New Orleans in 1838, by Antoine Peychaud. He created the drink in a French Quarter bar and named it after his favourite French Brandy, Sazerac-de-Forge et fils. In 1873, the drink was changed when American Rye Whiskey was substituted for Cognac, and a dash of Absinthe was added by bartender Leon Lamothe, and today he is regarded as the Father of the Sazerac. In 1912, Absinthe was banned, so Peychaud substituted his special bitters in its place.


Sazerac Recipe:

  • 1 cube sugar
  • 1½ ounces (35ml) Sazerac Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • ¼ ounce Herbsaint
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Lemon peel

Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice. In a second Old-Fashioned glass place the sugar cube and add the Peychaud’s Bitters to it, then crush the sugar cube. Add the Sazerac Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon to the second glass containing the Peychaud’s Bitters and sugar. Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Herbsaint, then discard the remaining Herbsaint. Empty the Whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel.

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Bid farewell to 2016 with our favourite “must-try” best-selling picks this year!

2016 is over. Celebrate the good, bad and everything yet to come with a purchase that makes a difference to you. Here’s our staff’s recommended buys to mark a new beginning.

1. Absolut Citron
Absolut Citron is made exclusively from natural ingredients. It is distilled from fermented wheat and gives you a smooth, fruity taste. Absolut Citron is the perfect choice of Vodka for those who love lemony flavour and are looking for a fresh, refreshing taste. This bottle of zesty lime flavours can be used to create a wide variety of Martinis and Cosmopolitan cocktails. Here’s a list of 30+ Recipes for Absolut Citron. Available at Bangalore Duty Free at best retail price.


2. Grey Goose
World favourite wheat-distilled Vodka, Grey Goose boasts a 5 stage distillation process that focuses on developing the character of the spirit rather than just the act of purification. The taste of Grey Goose is a gentle mix of buttered popcorn, anise, black pepper and liquorice. This Vodka is for those looking for a smooth base to create delicious cocktails with many engaging flavours. Here are 16 lip-smacking, easy to create Grey Goose drinks! Pick it up at Bangalore Duty Free or pre-order now to avail our offers!


3. Chivas Regal 18 YO
A blend of over 20 of Scotland’s rarest Single Malt Whiskies, Chivas Regal 18 YO boasts strength and elegance balanced in harmony. With an intense dark amber appearance; rich, indulgent multi-layered aromas of dried fruits, buttery toffee and dark chocolate. This bottle of Chivas Regal yields to elegant floral notes and a wisp of sweet, mellow smokiness. Purchase your bottle at our stores or pre-order now to avail our exclusive offers!

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4. Johnnie Walker Green Island
With rich, fruity sweetness, Johnnie Walker Island Green is perfect for those looking to explore the Malt Whiskies category. Marked with aromas of wood smoke, pepper and spice combined with layers of orchard fruit, vanilla and sandalwood, the new variety offers a greater influence of smoky maritime Malt Whisky. A duty-free exclusive, Johnnie Walker Island Green is solely available to travellers. Order in advance to avail our Christmas offer or pick it up from our store!


5. Bvlgari Rose Essentielle
Bvlgari Rose Essentielle is exclusively created for women who enjoy the aroma of exotic roses. Created from Turkish Rose and Rose Prelude, the fragrance also contains notes of blackberry, jasmine, sandalwood and patchouli. Perfect for warmer days, the signature perfume from Bvlgari caters to sophistication through fresh rose essences rather than heavy, overpowering fragrance. Pre-order now or pick up your bottle at our stores to get the best deal!


6. Paco Rabanne Olympea
The feminine equivalent to the Invictus from 2013, Olympea is inspired by an athletic spirit, competition, strength, dynamism and victory. Created as an ode to modern women, compared to Greek goddesses, the scent is composed of fresh, floral, aquatic and oriental essences with notes of sandalwood, cashmere and ambergris. Own this bottle of pure motivation at its best available price by pre-ordering at our website.



Christmas Cocktail Recipes 2016

Christmas is around the corner! Chances are, you will be spending the day with friends and/or family. Here are a few classic, must-know-recipes of delicious cocktails for your Christmas celebrations!

Classic Eggnog

The perfect blend of beaten egg yolks, sugar, cream,  , Rum, and Cognac. Refrigerate up to a day. Pour the egg-yolk mixture over fluffy egg whites and stir until blended. Serve immediately, while the whites are fluffiest. Add nutmeg to finish it off.



Citrus-Irish Whisky Punch        

Combine  , tea, clementine juice, lemon juice, Oleo-Saccharum, Angostura bitters, and 1½ tsp. nutmeg in a large bowl or pitcher; cover and chill 3–8 hours. Strain into a punch bowl and add several lemon and orange wheels and 4 cups ice. Serve punch in cups over ice garnished with nutmeg.



Classic Martini

Pour a little dry Vermouth in a chilled Martini glass and swirl to coat the inside of the glass. Dispose of excess Vermouth. Gently swirl or stir the   before straining into glass. Garnish with olives, lemon twist or cocktail onion and add rocks if you like.



Cranberry Cocktail

Pour cranberry juice and Gin over ice in a tall glass. Top off with tonic water, and then add a splash of lime juice. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a few fresh cranberries.



Christmas Punch

Mix pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, Vodka, Cointreau, club soda, lemon juice, and simple sugar syrup in a punch bowl. Fill glasses with cranberries frozen in ice cubes, and serve. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.



Kir Royales

Pour Creme de Cassis into a champagne flute. Gently pour into 5 to 9 parts dry Champagne (depending on taste), being careful not to let it foam up too much.



Pina Colada

Fill blender halfway with ice cubes. Add Rum, coconut cream, coconut milk and pineapple chunks. Puree and serve garnished with a slice of pineapple and maraschino cherry, if desired.



Blood Orange Champagne Cocktails

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons each of Crème de Cassis into 8 Champagne flutes or other glasses. Add three tablespoons orange juice to each glass. Fill each glass with Champagne, stir gently. Garnish cocktails with slices of blood orange, if desired.



Have a Merry Christmas!


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24 hour layover at Bangalore? Don’t be a tourist. Here’s 6 unique things to do!

You just landed in Bangalore or you will in the near future. There are thousands of tourist sites you can check out when in Bangalore but if you wish to truly experience the city in a day, here’s our recommended list of things to help achieve that.

  1. Experience Art at NGMA
    It will take you an hour to enter the heart of the city and as you do, it will get louder. We recommend your first stop be the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru. While there are bigger, more mainstream galleries in Bangalore, NGMA gives you curated art in a scenic, green location, efficiently filtering out the noise of the city, and a delicious choice of quick meals with fresh drinks. Recuperate from your long flight surrounded with art, under the thick canopy of trees.

    National gallery of modern art, bangalore


  2. Meditate at Mahabodhi Society
    Three kilometres drive from NGMA to Gandhinagar will bring you to the Mahabodhi Society. The monastic training and meditation centre welcomes everyone to experience the calm, happiness and joy of your present moment.

    Mahabodhi Society Bangalore


  3. Shop at Commercial Street
    If you are looking to pick up something ethnic, local and artisan, Commercial Street should be your next destination. A crowded maze of lanes with infinite options for all ages, Commercial Street will be your best choice for silks, shoes, apparels and accessories.

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  1. Eat local delicacies at Thindhi Beedi
    As evening sets in, make your way to Thindi Beedi (Food Street) in Vishweshwarapura. This street is considered to be paradise for street food lovers. There are over 15 outlets serving a variety of local dishes. Enjoy and indulge!

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  2. Browse at Blossoms Book House
    The oldest book store of Bangalore, three floors of closely and tightly stacked used and new books will await you. From every genre in fiction and non-fiction, Blossoms is a mini-Narnia tucked away in Church Street where you can the most unlikely literary treasures. Be prepared to spend hours browsing.


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  1. Relax at UB City
    If you were able to restrict yourself to just a snack or two at Thindi Beedi or if the shopping at Commercial Street drained you out, end your perfect day in the Garden City relaxing in the open air terraces at UB City. From an amphitheatre that hosts live music, a rooftop lounge, the best dining options, dessert bars and even a spa, UB City is the best way to wind down and get ready for your trip back to the airport.


    UB City

Back at the Airport

The fun doesn’t end just yet. Want to make your day trip a memorable one? Stop by Bengaluru Duty Free to treat yourself to the best offers on leading international brands. Guaranteed cheapest #dutyfree prices!Product categories include chocolates, cosmetics, wines, liquors, and more.

Make your stop at Bengaluru feel like a mini vacation! Bon Voyage!


Gift yourself the Magic of Savings!

This October, Bangalore Duty Free has a host of amazing gift options to ensure you’re spoiled for choice! From beverages to chocolates and perfumes, these offers that are just too magical to pass on!

  1. Johnnie Walkerjohnnie-walker_bdf_oct_poster
    If you buy Johnnie Walker worth $70 and more, Bangalore Duty Free is giving you the chance to win an additional discount of up to 15%.

    Our magical savings don’t stop there! You automatically save 10% when you buy any two Johnnie Walker labels. Stock up by pre ordering, here:  http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo.

  2. Davidoff Fragrancesdavidoff_fragrances_for_her_01

    Splendid gifts for the special women in your life. We have exciting offers on the entire range of Davidoff perfumes just for her.


    But wait! Bangalore Duty Free has also extended this offer to include a flat 30% off men’s Davidoff fragrances, too. So, shop away to your heart’s content. Stock up for upcoming birthdays and festivals!

    Did we mention you could pre order these, too? Simply click here http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK to avail this fantastic offer.

  3. Lindt Chocolates


Nothing spells love, appreciation and thanks more than chocolates. Bangalore Duty Free boasts of a large variety of Swiss chocolates – arguably some of the best in the world.

Choose a smorgasbord of delicious chocolate flavours to share with friends and family by purchasing Lindt for a fraction of the cost. Because when it comes to chocolates, no one can eat just one. To help you save more, we’re offering a 40% discount on the purchase of 5 Lindt boxes.

Visit our online store to pre book your chocolates so that they don’t run out of stock: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

Our dhamakedar deals don’t end here! If you’re flying through Bangalore this month make sure to look up our other weekly offers on http://bit.ly/2cRhkq6. It’s simply a matter of ordering your items online and picking them up when you are at the airport.