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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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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When liquor meets chocolate

Some of the finer things in life belong together; liquor and chocolate is one such match made in heaven which is always an exciting combination to look forward to. Though, it’s no secret what magic is created when liquor meets chocolate, this absolutely amazing combination requires a special mention. Here we have a list of our favourite recipes for liquor chocolate that are easy to make and use very few ingredients.

  • Whiskey Bar

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Ingredients

  • 500 grams cooking chocolate
  • 200 grams cream
  • 4-5 tablespoons Jack Daniel’s Whiskey (or any Single Malt)
  • 250 grams dark chocolate for coating

Recipe

  • Melt cream in a pan on low flame till tiny bubbles start to form. Then take the cream off the heat and pour in the liquor. Don’t stir the mix too much.
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and mix with the cream-liquor mixture. Cool this for around an hour.
  • Once cooled, make small bars of the creamy chocolate mixture and put them in the fridge for an hour.
  • Dip the frozen bars in dark chocolate and garnish with sprinkles.

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  • Rum ‘n’ Raisin Balls

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Ingredients

  • 500 grams dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons dark Rum
  • 50 gram raisins
  • 250 grams cream

Recipe

  • Soak raisins in Rum overnight.
  • Take cream and heat on low flame (don’t boil).
  • Now pour the cream on chopped chocolate and stir till cream and chocolate blend well and form a creamy texture. The proportion of cream and chocolate should be 1:2 so that balls can be formed easily from the mixture.
  • Add the Rum and raisins into the cream and chocolate mix and combine them well
  • Chill the final mixture in the refrigerator for about half an hour. Once the mixture is set, roll it into tiny balls and take it out of the fridge.

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  • Vodka Surprise

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Ingredients

  • 100 grams raw Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon Vodka
  • Liquor chocolate moulds

Recipe

  • Line the chocolate moulds with tempered chocolate, tap and keep in the fridge for about two hours to set.
  • When set, demould the hollow chocolates and keep aside. Then mix two tablespoons of chocolate and one tablespoon of Vodka and make a paste.
  • Set this mixture and fill the chocolate moulds with the Vodka infused chocolate paste.
  • Store the chocolates in a cool place for an hour, before serving.

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Tequila review: Jose Cuervo 1800 Anejo

CaptureImagine you’re at a party, looking for something more special than the usual Vodkas, Whiskies, Gins, etc., and you experience a shot of the richest and smoothest Tequila you’ve ever had, with a hint of spiciness. Well, don’t be surprised if this turns out to be the famed Jose Cuervo 1800 Anejo, a connoisseur’s Tequila made for those who appreciate the finest Tequila that money can buy.

1800 is a special year in the history of Tequila, as this year marked the first time that Tequila was successfully aged in wood. Containing one of the purest bases, a  100% extract from the blue agave plant native to Jalisco, Mexico, Launched first in 1975 as a premium sipping Tequila, the Tequila is a dark amber in colour with copper highlights and comes in a splendid Inca-esque bottle.

This spirit has a heady fragrance, combining the heady aromas of roasted nuts, dark toffee, toasty coconut, mocha and brown spices. This intense beginning gives way to a full-bodied palate of roasted nutds, chocolate covered dates and figs, perfumed spices and toasty oak notes. The finish comprises spicy, sweet toffee and oak spice. All in all, the taste is very balanced and luxurious.

This spirit has a heady fragrance, combining the heady aromas of roasted nuts, dark toffee, toasty coconut, mocha and brown spices. This intense beginning gives way to a full-bodied palate of roasted nutds, chocolate covered dates and figs, perfumed spices and toasty oak notes. The finish comprises spicy, sweet toffee and oak spice. All in all, the taste is very balanced and luxurious.

Here’s a superb Jose Cuervo 1800 Anejo-based cocktail recipe that will liven up your day. This stunning drink, called the Grand Gold Margarita, will ensure you and your friends have a great time.

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Ingredients

1 bottle Beer
88ml Cointreau
88ml Grand Marnier
177ml Jose Cuervo 1800 Anejo
2 ice cubes
Margarita mix

Directions

Pour the the margarita mix, tequila, cointreau, grand marnier, and beer into a blender. Chill with ice cubes and serve.

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Traditional Christmas drinks from around the world

If you thought Christmas was all about food, food and food think again. Drinks play as important a role as food does during Christmas. This is evident from the large number of traditional Christmas drinks that are popular around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most popular Christmas drinks.

Wassail (United Kingdom)

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The name of the drink, Wassail, is derived from the old British tradition of ‘Wassailing’, which basically involves going from house to house, singing carols, wishing people good health and sharing a hot cuppa of the spiced ale cider. The drink is a part of the British Christmas custom of passing good health and happiness among family and friends.

Here’s how you can make this traditional British Christmas drink.

Ingredients

4 cups Apple Cider or Natural Apple Juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
½ inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 lemons (juice extract)
1.5 fluid ounce Bourbon per person
Sugar as per requirement

Instructions

1. Combine all the non alcoholic ingredients in a saucepan and simmer it for 30 minutes.
2. Measure out Bourbon into individual glasses and pour in the hot spiced cider.

Servings: 4

Glogg (Scandinavia)

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Glogg is a popular warm Christmas drink in Scandinavia. The drink is available as an alcoholic red wine version and also as a non-alcoholic version made of grape juice. Glogg is spiced with cloves, cinnamon and orange and is served hot to beat the winter chill. The drink can be accompanied with a sprinkling of raisins and almonds.

Raise a toast to the festive season by making this drink today, using this simple recipe.

Ingredients

1 1/4 litres Red Wine
¼ litre Brandy
½ tablespoon cardamom
¼ orange peel
½ cinnamon stick
½ cup sugar
½ tablespoon cloves
¼ cup almonds
¼ cup raisins
2 dried figs(optional)

Instructions

1. Heat the Wine, Brandy, nuts, orange peel and spices in a saucepan for 45 minutes. (Do not bring to a
boil, only simmer)
2. Pour all the contents into a strainer to remain with just the liquid.
3. Distribute sugar in glasses and pour the hot Glogg over it.

Servings: 4

Bombardino (Italy)

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One of Italy’s favourite Christmas drinks is the Bombardino, a drink that is made with Brandy and advocaat, a traditional Dutch alcoholic beverage made from eggs, sugar and brandy. The drink is very easy to make; all you need to do is mix the Brandy and advocaat together and heat it to a boiling point. If you prefer a good amount of sweetness to the drink, then you can reduce the amount of Brandy and top the drink off with whipped cream.

Relish this Italian delicacy by making it, following the steps below.

Ingredients

1 cup Brandy
1 cup advocaat
Whipped cream to top

Instructions

1. Pour the Brandy and advocaat into a saucepan and keep it at medium heat. Remove the pan from the
heat as soon as it reaches a boiling point.
2. Pour the mixture into a clear coffee glass and top it off with some whipped cream.

Servings: 4

Cola De Mono (Chile)

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The name of this drink means ‘monkey’s tail’ in Chilean. This Christmas drink from Chile is cold and creamy and is made up of Chilean aguardiente, milk, vanilla bean, coffee, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The aguardiente can also be replaced with alternatives like Rum and Brandy if you like.

This exotic Christmas drink needs to be experienced at least once. Follow this recipe and enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cups milk
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup instant coffee
½ cup aguardiente
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
½ teaspoon cloves (optional)

Instructions

1. Bring milk, sugar and spices to a boil in a saucepan. Once the milk is heated, add coffee and stir.
2. Put the mixture in the fridge to cool.
3. Once cold, add aguardiente. The drink is now ready to serve.

Servings: 4

Coquito (Puerto Rico)

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This rich Puerto Rican Christmas blend is made of spiced Rum, condensed milk, coconut cream, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The best way to enjoy this delicious beverage is by having it cold.

Here’s how you can make this delectable drink right at home:

Ingredients

2 cans coconut cream
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweet condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Rum
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp nutmeg powder

Instructions

1. Set the ingredients in a blender at high speed for five minutes.
2. Refrigerate the mix and serve it chilled.

Servings: 4

Eggnog (United States)

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Eggnog is one of the most popular Christmas drinks in the world. This warm and creamy drink will definitely raise your Christmas spirits and rid you of your winter blues. The drink only takes a few ingredients – milk, eggs and sugar. You can add some Rum or Bourbon to the mix to give it a festive cheer.

Cheer up with this traditional drink. Follow this recipe to make it today.

Ingredients

2 ½ large eggs
1/2 cup sugar (granules)
¾ cup whipped cream
1/4 tbsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups whole milk
½ cup Rum
¼ cup Whiskey
¼ tsp salt

Instructions

1. Beat egg whites and ¼ cup sugar until thick. In a separate bowl beat egg yolks and salt until thick.
Combine both the mixtures together and beat it till you get a thick consistency.
2. Use another bowl to beat cream, ¼ cup sugar and vanilla until it’s thick. Add milk, Rum and Whiskey
to the cream mix and beat continuously.
3. Combine all the mixes together and heat in the microwave/stove for about 2-3 minutes. It is ready to
be served. You can also have it chilled if you like.

Servings: 4

Gluhwein (Germany)

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The warm Christmas drink from Germany, Gluhwein is also known as mulled Wine. This drink mainly consists of red Wine that is spiced with ingredients such as cardamom, ginger, orange and cinnamon. Once all the ingredients are blended, they are heated till boiling point and enjoyed on a chilly Christmas night.

Warm yourself on a cold winter evening with a warm glass of Gluhwein. Follow this recipe to make it.

Ingredients

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 cloves
1 orange (juiced)
1 bottle of Red Wine

Instructions

1. Mix water, Wine, spices, sugar and orange juice in a saucepan. Heat the mix but make sure it doesn’t
boil.
2. Add orange peel and let the mix simmer for 10-15 minutes. The drink is ready to serve.

Servings: 4

Ponche Navideno (Mexico)

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Mexico celebrates its Christmas with some delicious punch. This Christmas punch is usually a mix of ingredients such as raisins, prunes, citrus fruits, sugarcane juice, apples and pears. Alcoholic beverages such as Tequila and Rum can also be added to the mix as per your preference.

Experience the Christmas spirit with a glass of Ponche Navideno. Make this classic drink at home today by following this recipe.

Ingredients

3 cups water
2 tejocotes fruits(optional)
½ tamarind pod
1 ½ guavas, chopped
1 cup sugarcane juice
½ lb prunes chopped
½ green apple, peeled and chopped
½ pear, chopped
1 large orange (juiced)
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ cinnamon stick

Instructions

1. Place water in a large saucepan. Add cinnamon and tejocotes and cook for 15 minutes.
2. Put in the rest of the ingredients into the saucepan and let it simmer for about an hour.
3. The drink is ready. Serve it hot with a generous amount of the ingredients; you may also add some
Rum if you like.

Servings: 4

So this Christmas, accompany all the delicious food with some unique and traditional Christmas drinks. Bengaluru Duty Free has a great liquor collection, which you can browse and pre-order at http://goo.gl/ob1kqe.

Health benefits of brandy

We all have a few odd old traditions that are passed down from our grandparents to our parents and then to us. A time-tested one is that brandy can cure a cold. According to our ancestors, all that was needed was 30ml of the magical spirit called brandy, mixed with lemon and ginger, to cure our sniffles, cough and cold! As wisdom passed down the generations go, this is one of the more quirky ideas that continue to be implemented to this day.

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Brandy is an alcoholic beverage made by distilling wine and is consumed all over the world. Fruit brandy, grape brandy and pomace brandy are some of the most popular flavours of brandy. Depending on the age of the brandy, the colour varies. Brandy is used for the preparation of various cocktails, as well as in sauces for steaks and desserts. Another fascinating fact about this drink is that it has been used as a medicine for a very long time. It has a variety of health benefits if consumed responsibly. Read on to know more reasons why brandy is the perfect spirit.

If you are under the weather, brandy can save the day.

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Brandy can surely help you ease the pain when you’re suffering from a cold or flu. Just a slight sniff of the brandy fumes can clear your sinus, but a making your own brandy concoction can help you feel a whole lot better. Simply add hot water, lemon and a bit of honey to some ginger brandy. Your cold will die out but this age old trick never will!

Brandy can warm up your bone-chilling cold.

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During winter, all one can think about is the cold that makes you shake like a leaf. But worry no more! A glass of warmed brandy can warm you up quickly, leaving you feeling comfortable and relaxed.

Brandy for a healthy heart

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Brandy contains antioxidants that help in lowering bad cholesterol and and restrict the actions of the NF-kappaB gene, which is responsible for inflammation. What is even more interesting is the fact that brandy helps in preventing blood clots, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. Of course, these benefits are apparent when the spirit is consumed very responsibly.

Brandy can keep cancer away

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Due to the presence of antioxidants in the brandy as well as its ellagic acid content, it has been discovered that brandy helps restrict the growth of bladder cancer cells and ovarian cancer cells. Therefore, sipping the right amount of brandy can derive huge benefits for you.

A ‘snowed in’ recipe to warm you up

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Brandy can be enjoyed in many different ways. Here is a brandy cocktail recipe that you can enjoy if you’re going through a cold and treacherous winter. All you need to do is this.

  1. Make a chilly vanilla-based ice cream milkshake
  2. Add 30ml of brandy
  3. Top it with some crème de cacao

This delicious milkshake will surely help you stay inside, stay warm and stay happy.

So the next time you think of having a drink, always remember that brandy can be more than just a drink to help you with a cold. There are a variety of health benefits as well as different ways to enjoy this fantastic spirit. And don’t forget, we have all the best brandies available at our Duty Free Store at irresistible duty free prices. And to make your duty free experience even better, you can pre-order your favourite brandies at http://goo.gl/iPPBpI and pick them up at the store hassle-free. Cheers!