Mulled wine and other Christmas wines

Mulled wine is a holiday beverage usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and served hot or warm. You could call it Christmas in a glass. It is really simple to make, so let us show you how.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of dry Red Wine: Definitely nothing expensive, since the mulling spices and citrus will be the dominant flavours.
  • 8 slices of Citrus: Oranges, but feel free to add lemons for color.
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks: You could use the whole sticks or whisk in some ground cinnamon.
  • Other spices: 2-3 Cloves and star anise are the best choice.
  • Sweetener: Add 3-4 spoons of your favorite sweetener to taste – sugar, maple syrup or honey.
  • Extra liqueur: Similar to sangria, it’s also traditional to spike your mulled wine with an extra bit of liqueur, if you’d like.  You can add 1/4 cup brandy or skip this step too.

Combine all your ingredients and simmer in a pot but make sure it does not boil. You must simmer for at least 15 minutes, or up to 3 hours, so that all the delicious flavors can come together.  Then strain out the spices, and serve warm.

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Also, have a look at the Top 50 wines of 2018. Presenting, the Top 3.

  1. Mayacamas Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a graceful return from an iconic Napa winery. Very light oak influence allows the elevated, sun-soaked terroir of Mount Veeder to shine. Acidity is bright, and the wine has tart, juicy black fruits. Herbs and black licorice add nuance, while chewy tannins persist in a lingering finish, which is rich in stony mineral notes.
  2. Hermann J. Wiemer HJW Vineyard Riesling 2016 is made from grapes from the HJW vineyard, whose aged vines benefit from the moderating effects of nearby Seneca Lake. The site’s elevation also provides a cool, prolonged growing season, meaning grapes mature with intensity and finesse and maintain fresh fruit flavors and bracing acidity. This bottle has green apple, white peach, and lemon notes, followed by a lasting, crisp finish. Dry, age-worthy, and absolutely delicious, this is the most stunning Riesling currently being made in America.
  3. Viña Vik’s flagship Millahue blend contains Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from three different vine clones, planted across three plots. Smaller quantities of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, and Carménère complete the wine. The 2013 vintage more than delivers, with dark berry aromas, followed by dried herbs and floral notes. Bright and energetic on the palate, with spicy tannins, this is a polished wine capable of aging. It is South America’s best wine.

Read the entire list here https://vinepair.com/articles/best-wines-2018

 

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12 Days of Christmas

We’ve got something for everyone this Christmas. It’s going to be a jolly good season of gift giving.

Check out your options.

  1. Johnnie Walker for Dad and his buddies.

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2. Swiss Chocolate for your Aunt.

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3. Classic chocolate for your sis.

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4. A wild scent for your brother.

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5. Sexy scent for your man.

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6. Cool new scent for a colleague.

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7. Single malt for the boss.

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8. Perfume for that lady love.

Armani Giorgio Armani Si EDP 50ml

9. A fancy Single Malt for your Uncle.

Glenlivet Founder_s Reserve

10. Hot off the shelves for your hottie.

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme EDT 90ml

11. Something special for mom.

Valentina Pink EDP 50ml

12. A gift for yourself?! Why not…

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Diwali 2018 gifting ideas

This is prime time for gift buying. Show your loved ones that you put thought into your gifts. Show them you care.

What do you do when you’re shopping for gifts for the men and women in your life who have everything and want nothing?

This Diwali 2018, why opt for down town sales when we give you a variety of options to choose from, from the top brands of the world in multiple categories at our duty free shop at Bengaluru International airport. Shop duty free, save big, impress much!

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5 new duty free products you must have

Duty Free shopping is exciting and affordable. It is one of the few places on Earth to get the newest releases on designer brands at prices that won’t break the bank.

 

Here are a selection of five great products that are hot on the shelves and selling out as we type this blog telling you to hurry up and make them yours.

Visit our website to pre order. Go to www.bengalurudutyfree.in

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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 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!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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