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.

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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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Audiophiles 101: A journey into the world of headphones

Whether you are craving high energy tunes to juice up your workout, or private listening at home or at work, an adrenaline-pumping gaming experience or are just looking for an amazing sound system or accessory to express your personal style, we have something for everyone. The first aspect you must narrow down to when searching for a pair of headphones is deciding which form factor you want. This decision should be based on not only where you will be using them but rather what type of music you are listening to. You may choose full size headphones or in-earbuds, wired or wireless, that’s up to you. But this guide will help familiarize you with the features that you need to look at for before you buy a pair of headphones.

We understand that the size, type and technology of the headphones are all crucial to your decision but it’s extremely important to demystify the features and get accustomed to the headphone-vocabulary. Here we have a list of the key features you need to consider when finding the perfect pair of headphones.

  • Bass: Even at its very best, headphone bass is never the sort of heavy hitting experience you literally feel from massive speakers or subwoofers, but many manufacturers do custom tune their “signature sound” to emphasize the lower frequencies, however at the cost of instrument separation and natural delivery. Earbuds are tiny and portable, but except for a couple of high-end models they can’t compete with full-size, over-the-ear headphones for deep bass response or visceral dynamic range.

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  • Comfort and weight: Assessing sound quality is always a subjective exercise, but the only way to judge comfort is to put them on and listen for at least 10 minutes. Do the earpads exert too much pressure on your ears? Headphones that enclose or cover your ears can get uncomfortably hot, but you’ll have to wear them for a while to find out. Some of the bigger sealed models with cushy leather pads are the worst offenders. Pro-style headphones are comparatively beefier and can feel uncomfortably heavy after hours of use. Lighter headband-style headphones are almost always more comfortable than heavier ones. Even if they’re not, they’re at least less of a hassle to carry around.

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  • Durability: There’s no reason a headphone should be treated as disposable technology. Unlike almost everything else in the realm of consumer electronics, this year’s headphones won’t be obsolete six months or a year from now. In fact, there’s no reason a good pair of headphones can’t last for the better part of a decade. Be sure to assess the build quality of your prospective headphones. Some earbuds and portable devices are relatively fragile, for instance. If the headphones fold up for easy storage, are the hinges robust, or will they fall apart in a month or two? Don’t forget to examine that the earpads and earbuds will get extensive wear and tear over the life of the headphones.

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  • Cable dressing and length: Most stereo headphones have just one cable, usually attached to the left earpiece (sometimes called single-sided cabling). Some models and all earbuds use a Y-cable that connects to both earpieces (double-sided). The actual cable plug, meanwhile, is usually one of two designs: a straight I-plug or an angled L-plug; the latter may be useful if your portable player has a side- or bottom-mounted headphone jack.

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If you are an audio-freak who is looking to buy a decent pair of headphones, do keep all these aspects in mind and don’t forget to log on to our website at http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in/Index.aspx and find yourselves a pair of headphones that will certainly fit into your requirements and cover all these aspects.

Smart Purchases 2016

In this digital era, where literally anything and everything is sold online, it is a virtual nightmare for shopaholics to browse through an E-commerce website and actually try and buy something they like. Not only is it hectic, it’s also quite perplexing.

Fortunately for you, this is where Bengaluru Duty Free comes in with a list of smart purchases for this new year. Our idea of smart shopping is the perfect combination of affordability and quality. So here we present to you the most feasible buys for 2016. This list will guide you through festival shopping, anniversary gifts or just retail therapy for yourself. So have a look and let the shopping begin!

  1. Johnnie Walker Black Label

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There’s no better way to start the New Year than with a bottle of the finest Scotch blends there is – Johnnie Walker Black Label. Whether it’s the smooth texture or the fact that it is created using Whiskies from all four corners of Scotland, it is a great buy! Priced at $39, this is a purchase you are never going to regret. http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo

  1.   Chivas Regal 12 YO

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An interesting concoction of unique flavours, this splendid Scotch by Chivas Regal is a rich multi-layered blend that offers more than it claims. It’s sweet smoothness will have you craving for more and at a $39, you know for certain that luxury is now affordable. http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo

 

  1.   Davidoff Cool Water Night Dive

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This perfume by Davidoff exuberates a cool vibe and has base notes that make it an ideal purchase especially for nocturnal use. This scent strikes the right chords between quality and price; at just $70, there’s no wonder it’s such a hit! http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK 

 

  1.   Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty

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You can grace this new year with a pleasant  fragrance by Calvin Klein. An epitome of supreme craftsmanship, lingering with fresh notes, this one is surely for keeps. It makes an excellent gift and is a rather practical purchase even for yourself. At a mere $77, this is a must-have. http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK

 

  1.   Guylian Les Exclusives

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Few things you buy live up to the exclusivity they assert and these delectable chocolates by Guylian are definitely one of them. The true taste of opulence can be savoured with these awesome chocolates. At just $18, it is one of the top recommendations as far as smart shopping is concerned. http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

 

  1.   Munz Swiss Premium Naps Bag

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A great indulgence for all chocoholics are, beyond a doubt, these scrumptious chocolates by Munz Swiss. You can present these to someone or gorge on them yourself. When we say these are one of the most popular purchases, you are going to agree with us because the sweet treats would cost you only $22 and we can’t emphasize enough on how delicious they are. http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

 

  1.   Harman Kardon Auraa Wireless

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These speakers by Harman Kardon provide you with an exhilarating audio experience. For an unrivalled sound quality, this is the ultimate pick. Moreover, this sound system is one of the most competitive options for you to buy and at a reasonable price of $350, you should be swiping your credit card already. http://bit.ly/1nzfE58

 

  1.  Tomtom Runner GPS Watch

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We love wearables and the whole concept behind them and if we could, we’d recommend all of them. But we want to make things easier for you, so we have chosen this spectacular watch that is the apt embodiment of a wearable. You can now track your running metrics and glance through them anytime. At $140, this is quite the pragmatic purchase for this year! http://bit.ly/1NCdRF7
If you’d like to buy any of these products that are the most budget-friendly deals, do log in to our website at http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in and browse through a vast collection of products. 

Why Wearables are Smart Accessories?

Since the day Wearables were first introduced into the market, they have served as users’ personalized computing accessories that are multi-purpose in their functionality. They have ensured that technology is no longer an add-on to our daily lives. Wearables have seamlessly integrated technology into our lives and help us stay connected more effectively and efficiently. Interestingly, though most Wearables are designed for men, majority of the consumers are women. Here are a few designed especially for the female species.

 

Initially, there seemed to have been a gap within the wearable technology where the focus was on Wearable ‘technology’, now it is being adapted to make it more of a ‘Wearable’ technology. Besides functionality, accuracy and being discreet, the new technology also incorporates the importance of fashion in a way that the Wearables are not just smart gadgets but also smart accessories. It’s like hitting two birds with a stone; merging Wearable technology with fashion for the style conscious. With the intent that accessories should enhance our look, here are some awesome Wearables that are doing a great job of adding to the style quotient.

 

 

  • Ringly
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Ringly is a new Wearable accessory which is essentially quite a spectacular looking ring. It notifies you when you receive a text or if you have an incoming call or when your booked cab has arrived, basically any function from your mobile that can be notified to you through your phone or via e-mail. You can choose between various vibration patterns and ring colours and can customize what exactly comes through the app. The ring design alone is remarkable and is available in four different stones – Black Onyx, Emerald, Pink Sapphire, and Moonstone.

 

  • Smart Jewel

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Smart Jewel by Morellato is a multifaceted Wearable as well as accessory that fit in as a buckle on your belt or on your handbag or even as a pendant on your chain. But here’s what really makes it smart; not only does it notify you of your messages, emails, calendar events, etc. it can be used as a modest accessory. The added bonus is that it is fully customizable with regards to what notifications come through and how they are received.

 

  1.   Ear-O-Smart

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Ear-O-Smart is the first accessory that can monitor your heart rate, calories and activity level and serves as a gorgeous earring too. It connects to your Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology and gives you access to a vast range of fitness data about your own body. What you get is an inconspicuous accessory that is sure to invite many compliments.

 

  1. Gemio

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Gemio is the ideal Wearable and accessory for teenage girls with its flashy designs. These bluetooth bangles come in a range of connected friendship bracelets, described as social Wearables. The Bluetooth bangles allows users’ to know if their friends are nearby (once paired) and send coded light pattern messages from device to device. There are also detachable gems for customisation.

 

  1. Bellabeat Leaf

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Bellabeat Leaf is a one-of-its-kind Wearable pendant as well as brooch that come in two styles – the standard design of wood and stainless steel with a silver chain or a limited edition version made from marshwood and gold leaf. Accessories include leather and vegan fibre straps. This Bellabeat Leaf tracks stress levels, steps, sleep and menstrual cycles and boasts of a long battery life of six months.

  1. Tory Burch x Fitbit

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Tory Burch x Fitbit is an innovative creation that coherently combines the health tracking tech with open designs like a gold-plated bracelet and necklace that look like any other piece of jewellery and functions like any other smart gadget you own, only better.

As is evident, Wearables have taken the world of technology by storm.  
Check out our collection of some practical Wearables that you may want to get your hands on: http://bit.ly/1NCdRF7

It’s all about the new!

This September, all we want to do is spread as many smiles as we can! In accordance with that motive, we are welcoming some smashing new products to the Bengaluru Duty Free family! Show some love and make our newbies feel at home! Let’s raise the happiness quotient with…

  • Chivas Regal Extra 100cls
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    A new release by the range, this blended Scotch Whisky  features a hearty helping of sherry cask-matured malt Whisky, resulting in the dram being very rich and intensely hinting of caramel, honey, chocolate and dark fruits with striking woody notes. The drink feels beautifully full, balanced and flavoursome. An absolutely solid blend, to remind you why Chivas is right on top of the game! You can now get  a bottle of this exquisite blend from our store or go here to pre order.
  • Glenlivet Founders Reserve 40% 100cls
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    This Whisky is a treat all taste buds deserve. This gift from Glenlivet is as creamy as Whisky gets, with delicate hints of citrus fruits, candy and apples. The attractive pale gold blend has the smoothest finish  which will leave you craving for another sip. Ideal for a casual evening drink to serenely calm your senses and smooth out any rough edges. Head to our website and pre order here to enjoy this extraordinary blend.
  • Fitbit Charge Large
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    With one of the smartest tracking devices there are, maximise your efficiency and keep a track of all your calories burnt. The Fitbit comes with a sleek design, excellent steps, distance and calories tracker and handy compatibility to your Windows or Mac OS, so that you do not have to install the setting repeatedly. Track your sleep activity as well, while effortlessly donning the charge on your wrist. A must-have gadget for every health buff! Pre order from here.

All these amazing products and more are available for you just one click away. Go to http://goo.gl/RSef0B to see more of our mega offers and help yourself to our awesome products! Free smiles all around! 😀



Top 5 sunglasses for summer 2015. Look cool. Stay cool.

With the sun frying everything it can lay its scorching gaze on, there are only so many ways you can dodge the fireball with. We decided, that since you deserve it, we will bring to you some of the coolest shades in the business to protect your eyes from the mutilating heat and, while we are at it, in style.

  • Oakley GT Sunglasses Jupiter Squared Black/Grey

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From the maestros themselves, this product won’t fail to wow you in any way. Be it comfort, style, protection or even sturdiness, this one has it all. The first attraction is the beautiful and striking make of the product itself and the innovative three-point fit technique, whereby the frame sits snugly on the bridge of the nose touching only the sides of your head. The plutonite lens lend a brilliant high-definition vision with optical clarity, visual fidelity and impact resistance while also filtering out UV rays. All in all, this lightweight yet highly durable and extremely stylish product is a must feature on you ‘must have’ list. Pre order now at Bengaluru Duty Free store for $125 only! Head to http://goo.gl/C5grOZ

 

  • Oakley Polarized Frogskins Polished Black/Grey

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With this unique product, Oakley lets you own your own piece of history. Recreating the style of the one decade you could describe in two words: avant-garde! The ‘80s were anything but regular, with fashion and  politics both reaching new heights and that is when Oakley came out with the iconic Frogskin.  This resurrected version offers the wearer absolute protection from UV rays and brilliant optical clarity and impact resistance. These shades are also face friendly so they don’t hurt the back of your ears and fit on the ridge of your nose perfectly. The HD Polarised lenses also filter out over 99% of reflected glare without any optical distortion. All in all, this is a high comfort, durable and classic piece that will make you an elated owner. Don’t forget to pre-order at the Bengaluru Duty Free store for a great offer price of $113 only! Head to http://goo.gl/cYvi4b

  • Oakley GT Garage Rock Matte Black Dark Bronze

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A tribute to the smashing ‘60s, these shades are inspired by the pop,  rock and retro riff fever that took the world by storm.  An inspiration from the electric guitars and the era of high decibel solos, the Garage Rock is designed to bring you comfort in unparalleled style. Integrating some of the best technologies of the world of today, this gives you the bliss of high-definition optics with visual fidelity and optical clarity while also taking care that your eyes are protected from UV rays. They also ensure a perfect snug fit around the bridge of your nose. Impact Protection gives you unmatched durability and resistance against high velocity and high mass impact. This miracle is concocted with style, comfort and perfection. There seriously isn’t anything else you could ask for. Pre order at the Bengaluru Duty Free store for a stunning offer price of $103 only! Head to http://goo.gl/n6y1Xe

  • Ray-Ban GT Sunglasses Metal Titanium

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Think sunglasses, think Ray Ban Aviators. Designed originally for the US aviators in 1937, these timeless models combine the distinctive Aviator styling with exceptional quality, performance and comfort. The Titanium is literally the strongest addition to the family of aviators, providing unprecedented strength and durability with the lightest possible weight. These are resistant to corrosion by seawater and chlorine and are also hypoallergenic, giving them an enthusiastic nod from the sensitive-skin community. The classic that looks good on any face shape makes you drop your concerns about whether or not this one is for you. The unique style and shape of the lens gives you a superb vision coverage, unlike lenses that you can spot gaps in. So before you pre-order this… oh wait… really, there is nothing you have to do. Pre order now! Head to http://goo.gl/SC2ywC The Bengaluru Duty Free store and get one at an amazing offer price of $236.

 

  • Ray-Ban Sunglasses ORB3025 002/58

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Another member of the world-famous clan of sunglasses, these aviators are the embodiment of the combination of style and comfort with their classic make and iconic technological integrations over the years. With a classic metallic frame holding the magical lenses which provide incredible visual clarity, reduce reflection off surfaces and offer 100% protection against UV rays, this lightweight model uses extra comfy nose pads so that the fit is snug and doesn’t hurt at all. The pioneer of stylish sunglasses, Ray Ban makes this pair speak for itself with its high quality and detailed make to its durability and satisfaction in terms of usage on a regular basis in any light condition. Get your own pair at the Bengaluru Duty Free Store at an unbelievable offer price of $143. Head to http://goo.gl/44lgPf now.

5 things you can gift yourself this Women’s Day!

Take a break this weekend from trying to save the world, fixing problems, solving mysteries and focus instead on making YOU happy!

Here are five of our best selling products you could use to pamper yourself this Women’s day!

Clarins Extra-Firming Day Wrinkle Lifting Cream

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How do you like the idea of rejuvenating your thirsty skin with one of the best skin care products of all times – The Clarins Extra-Firming Day Wrinkle Lifting Cream? Say good-bye to skin woes like dry and dull skin, wrinkles, patchy skin, etc. This cream gets easily absorbed into your skin, gives it a lift, and firms it up while fighting skin slackening. It nourishes your skin making it soft and hydrated leaving you with younger looking skin.

Pre-order this genie-in-a-bottle today at http://bit.ly/1zJtS38

YSL Touche Éclat

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An award-winning product, Touche Éclat is the secret weapon for many international makeup artists and models. A few magical strokes with this complexion highlighter and all your dark circles, scares, fine lines, and signs of fatigue disappear! It is sleek and sophisticated and can easily fit into any of your clutches or handbags. There are multiple colour shades you can choose from! A great aid for doing touch-ups on the go.

Pre-order this magic wand at http://bit.ly/17A3GAl

OPI Soft Shades Nail Lacquer

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OPI is known for their wide range of exceptional nail lacquers. Be sexy, cute, classy, romantic, be whatever you want to be with OPI’s rich and glorious colours. Now, buy 3 shades and save $14!

Check out the palette of shades and pre-order today – http://bit.ly/1DcokPC

Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette

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Wearing Gucci Guilty is synonymous with being hypnotic! With a distinct oriental-floral fragrance, Gucci Guilty is suggestive of deep femininity, power and strength. Isn’t that like the definition of every woman? Wear this fragrance this Women’s day and Gucci Guilty will take care of the rest!

Pre-order this magic potion today at http://bit.ly/1xwZAhK

Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay 

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End the day with a little celebration. A bottle of Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay to celebrate YOU! You know what we are talking about 🙂

Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay is one of our best selling Wines at Bengaluru Duty Free. Pick it up while stocks last! Pre-order at http://bit.ly/17A3P6X