Travel abroad, shop at home

World Tourism Day (WTD) is held annually on 27 September.

Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.

Its almost the end of summer in Europe while we in India break annually for the festival of Dasara/Dusherra. If you taking a break with the family this month, you can enjoy the last few days of summer in Europe. Watch the seasons change from summer to fall. Soak in the sights and sounds and food and culture. Do not waste time shopping.

Because when you head back home, in Bengaluru you can shop at our store at the airport for the finest of Europe – Swiss and Belgian chocolates, French and Italian wines, Italian and French perfumes, the best of Scotch from UK. There is so much more. Enough to please the whole family.

You can pre order everything, before you go on vacation to ensure that you are not disappointed on your arrival back home.

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Yummy, refreshing Sangrias!

We’re always on the lookout for delicious, mouth watering cocktail recipes and we are delighted to share with you these fresh Sangria ideas.

So simple to make…

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Watermelon Sangria

INGREDIENTS

1 Large watermelon
1 750-ml bottle white wine
2 cups white rum
1 cups Seltzer
1/3 cup lime juice (from about 6 limes)
2 limes, thinly sliced
2 cups assorted fresh or frozen fruit, such as pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries

DIRECTIONS

Slice off the top third of the watermelon lengthwise (save for later use). Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop out watermelon and transfer to a blender.
Blend watermelon until smooth. (If desired, strain the seeds.)
Add white wine, rum, seltzer, and lime juice and stir until combined, then add lime slices and fruit.
Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours, then serve.

 

Lemonade Sangria

INGREDIENTS

1/2 glass lemonade
1 bottle Chardonnay or other white wine (750 ml)
2/3 cup light rum
1/2 cup raspberries
1 Orange, sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced

DIRECTIONS

In a large pitcher, combine lemonade, wine and rum. Stir, then add fruit.
Refrigerate for at least one hour and serve.

 

Coffee Sangria

INGREDIENTS

1 litre cold brew (iced coffee is okay too)
1 cup Tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau (or other orange-flavored liqueur)
1 tbsp. simple syrup
1 Orange, Sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, diced

DIRECTIONS

Combine cold brew, Tequila, Cointreau and simple syrup in a large pitcher, stirring until well mixed. Add fruit and refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Pour into glasses filled with ice and serve.

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Shop for Tequila, Rum and other spirits at out store in Bengaluru International Airport. Pre order online to make the most of our monthly offers before stocks run out.

Cheers!

 

Father’s Day 2017: Gift ideas

Father’s Day falls every year on the third Sunday in June. This year make no excuses for not getting your Dad the ideal gift to show your love.

Chances are you are returning from a summer holiday or work trip this week and we assure you that Bengaluru Duty Free is one of the finest places to shop for your father. And after he hears how much you saved by shopping at our duty free store, he is going to be doubly proud.

Spirits

If your dad is a connoisseur of fine spirits, then you will be spoilt for choice as we have hundreds of options to choose from. The finest Whiskies, the choicest Wines, the best Vodkas and Gins. There’s something for every type of Dad. Ask for our June specials and offers.

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Perfumes

Look no further for the latest range of perfumes from the world’s top designer brands. We have the good, old fragrances that everyone knows and loves and we also have the latest scents of summer 2017 that are bold, fresh and in fashion. We have good deals on summer scents, ongoing now. Save big.

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Chocolates

It is not true that only women have an affinity for the sweet things in life. Dads too know and love their chocolate. We have classics from the famed Swiss brands and lots of other options in dark, milk and white to choose from. We always have offers in store, so do not forget to swipe a good deal on chocolate.

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And do not forget, you can pre order on our website.

Have a Happy Father’s Day with your Dad.

Five Absolut-ly fabulous Cocktails you can try at home

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When the sun brings on the heat there is only one thing to do. Bring out the cocktails!

Here are some super yummy, super refreshing cocktail ideas for summer 2017 using the world-famous Absolut Vodka and its versatile flavours.

 

Absolut Mango Mojito

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Ingredients

4 Wedges Lime

To Taste Sugar, Superfine

4 Pieces Mint Leaf

1 ½ Parts Absolut Mango

Soda Water

1 Sprig Mint Leaf

1 Slice Mango

How to mix

Muddle lime, sugar, superfine and mint leaf in a highball glass. Fill with crushed ice. Add Absolut Mango. Stir. Top up with soda water. Garnish with mint leaf and mango.

 

Absolut Mandrin Crush

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Ingredients

1 ½ Parts Absolut Mandrin

⅓ Part Triple Sec

1 ½ Parts Orange Juice

1 Slice Orange

How to mix

Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Garnish with orange.

 

Absolut Raspberri Collins

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Ingredients

1 ½ Parts Absolut Raspberri

¾ Part Lemon Juice

¾ Part Simple Syrup

Soda Water

3 Whole Raspberry

How to mix

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add Absolut Raspberri, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Top up with soda water. Garnish with raspberries.

 

Absolut Lime Mule

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Ingredients

2 Parts Absolut Lime

½ Part Lime Juice

Ginger Beer

1 Wedge Lime

How to mix

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add Absolut Lime and lime juice. Top up with ginger beer. Garnish with lime.

 

Absolut Citron Cosmopolitan

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Ingredients

1 ½ Parts Absolut Citron

⅓ Part Lime Juice

½ Part Triple Sec

⅔ Part Cranberry Juice

1 Twist Orange

How to mix

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange.

Buy Absolut Vodka at our store. Pre order at www.bengalurudutyfree.in

Cheers!

How your glass of Whisky could be in danger.

whiskey-2171646_960_720Last week, April 22 was a red letter day called Earth Day. There were numerous articles educating and reminding us about the impact of climate change on various aspects of the world that we live in – our quality of food, water, and life. Little do we know the impact of climate change on Whisky.

What goes into making Whisky and how can it be impacted?

Water: A key requirement in a distillery as it is needed to mix the yeast with the barley in the fermented liquid which eventually becomes the spirit. Distilleries in Scotland and the world over usually use river or spring water in this process. It is important to note that if we do not care for our water sources and water bodies and end up polluting them then it will only be a matter of time when this affects the quality of the final product or the price as more money might need to spent on water purification techniques.

Barley: The base product from which Whisky is made, this is usually imported from far away fields adding to the carbon footprint . It might be a smarter idea for distilleries to grow their own barley on site to control volumes and reduce carbon emissions caused by transporting barley from other locations.

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Wood: The casks made from wood is eventually responsible for giving Whisky the colour, complexity, and aroma. Distilleries must ensure that they are not contributing to deforestation and should consider buying a plot of forest land to closely monitor the supply chain from planting, harvesting, use, and protection of natural resources that go into the making of Whisky.

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The right way to drink Whisky

Across the world, people have been consuming Whisky for hundreds of years in about 2-3 different ways –  with ice, water or neat. There have been endless debates about the right way to consume Scotch. Over the years several Whisky based cocktails were also invented all claiming to be the right way to enjoy this sought after spirit. We are not sure that is the best way to savour such a fine spirit that is such a massive labour of love.

There is only one right way to drink Scotch. Neat.

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This is the right way to bring out the flavours for which you have spent a great deal of money to enjoy. Diluting and mixing only take away from the true essence of this liquid gold.

If however, this unadulterated way is not your favourite way to consume Whisky then we can suggest a splash of water.

On the rocks, a popular phrase usually used when ordering a drink of Whisky is not the most ideal way to consume Single Malts because adding ice will lead to the dulling of the flavour.

In recent times, it has been concluded that the addition of a little water to your Whisky is not a bad thing. Apparently, a chemical reaction occurs between the water and the tightly-wound chains of amino acids in the Whisky. They literally unravel, releasing new flavor compounds and esters (volatile compounds that smell like flowers and fruits).

How much water? We would recommend just a small splash.

Cheers!

 

How to uncork a champagne bottle

Believe it or not, it has been reported that champagne corks kill nearly 24 people each year.

You wouldn’t want your wedding turning into a funeral.

Learn the simple and right way to uncork a bottle of bubbly.

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The bottle of champagne should be properly chilled to around 7-8 degrees Celsius. If it isn’t cold enough, the pressure inside the bottle will cause the cork to release very quickly. And that is when it becomes a safety hazard.

To quickly cool down your champagne bottle (and to keep cold bottles cold), use a mixture of 50% ice and 50% water. This liquid mixture ensures more of the surface area of the bottle is being cooled.

Although all champagnes have a tab to help open the bottle, most of the time the tab fails to make its way around the bottle leaving an ugly mess of excess foil. Cut the foil to create an even, clean line around the bottle so that once the foil is removed, the cork and cage are exposed.

When you remove the bottle from the ice bath, wipe it dry so that it doesn’t slip out of your hands.

Fold a kitchen towel lengthwise and put it over the cage and the cork to create a safety measure that can help prevent the cork from flying off.

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Untwist the cage anti clockwise, putting pressure on the cork to keep it from popping out prematurely.

Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle. Untwist six times and then loosen the cage all the way around the bottle.

Twist the bottle not the cork once the cage is loosened. If you twist the cork, it can break inside the bottle.

Once the bottle starts to loosen from the cork and is able to spin freely, begin to slowly pull the cork away from the bottle.

Do this until the pressure in the bottle begins to push the cork out naturally. Once you feel the cork begin to move on its own, push against the cork gentle to keep it from releasing too quickly.

Listen for a quiet hissing sound. The slower the cork separates itself from the bottle, the gentler the hiss.

Now that the pressure of the bottle is driving the cork out, you can control how quickly the cork separates itself from the bottle.

Once the cork is removed, give the lip of the bottle a quick wipe and serve.

Cheers!