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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Have a Merry Christmas!

 

Wineries of Asia

Think Wine, think France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile or the USA. We’re here to tell you that you can also look closer to home and find first class Wine, waiting to be tasted!
Asian Wine is very popular among Wine lovers for their variety in taste and method of fermentation. The most notable producers of Wine, in Asia are India, China, Japan and Thailand. Let’s take you on a tour to the finest wineries from these countries that are definitely worth a visit.

 

India

  • Sula Vineyards
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    Sula Vineyards is India’s most popular winery. Founded in 1999, Sula Vineyards has now developed into a world class winery with a market share of over 70% in India. The winery is open to visitors, who can enjoy a tour, tastings, courses, and fun events including the immensely popular Sulafest that’s held in early February each year. Soliel by La Plage, Goa’s iconic French restaurant, is an added attraction. If you want to extend your stay at Sula, you can rent a room at the cottage called Beyond, to let the scenic beauty of the place calm your senses.

  • Chateau d’Ori
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    Chateau d’Ori had its first harvest in February 2007 and is the second largest winery in the Nashik region after Sula, with 400 acres of vineyards. The winery produces some top quality red Wines and has won a number of awards for them. The state of the art technology employed for the production of the Wines of Chateau d’Ori put it apart from some of the other, lesser known wineries of India.

China

  • Grace Vineyard
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    Grace Vineyard, based in Taiyuan, is one of the largest and best producers of Wine from northwestern China. Named ‘best winery’ 2012 by the Chinese edition of oenophile bible La Revue du Vin de France, the family-owned vineyard in Taigu has only been operational for 15 years. The Wines from the vineyard have won numerous accolades nationally and are expected to carve themselves a niche in the international Wine market soon.

  • Changyu Winery
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    The modern Wine industry in China owes its advent to the Changyu Winery, which was founded in 1892 and has since been awarded numerous awards, among which is the prestigious Grand Prize at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 — for a Brandy, a red Wine and a Vermouth. The winery with its age old Wines and other fermented drinks, has upgraded to more advanced techniques of fermentation and continues to be a haunt for the Wine lovers of China and the rest of the world.

Japan

  • Masuichi-Ichimura Sake Brewery
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    The Masuichi-Ichimura Sake Brewery was founded in 1755. This brewery has been instrumental in reviving traditional craft skills, preserving ancient buildings and forming beautification committees in Obuse. Visit the brewery to learn about the numerous methods of brewing Sake. You can also treat yourself to a tasting tour while you are there!
  • Yamanashi Meijo Brewery
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    The Yamanashi Meijo Brewery is located at the foot of the Japanese Alps, an area that is well known for the sweetness and freshness of its water. The brewery uses slow fermentation techniques, at a low temperature which give their Sakes their subtleness and freshness of spring water. Another reason to visit the brewery is the stunning scenic beauty surrounding its compounds. Head on for a trip to remember.

 

Thailand

  • Chateau de Loei Winery
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    The Chateau de Loei winery was founded in 1995 and is situated at the northern part of Bangkok. Chateau de Loei is one of the first entrepreneurs in the region that has succeeded in building its own brand based on solid, internationally-accepted quality.The winery provides a complete experience to its visitors, which includes Wine tasting, sampling grapes and fresh vegetables from its orchard and farm. Additional facilities include a restaurant, accommodations and a touring route in the vineyard that is open to the public! Take some time out to go visit this beautiful winery on your next trip to busy Bangkok.

  • Khao Yai Winery
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    Khao Yai Winery
    sits atop a hill, surrounded by picturesque valleys, which provides it the perfect climate for harvesting Wine quality grapes. The winery is very visitor friendly and visitors are taken on a guided tour of the vineyard and winery before getting a taste of the sweet and fruity vino. For those willing to stay overnight, the winery provides accommodation and has a restaurant that serves Thai and western cuisines. The best time to visit is around March, when the place is dry and cool.

 

Don’t forget to schedule some time to see these wineries for a memorable time on your next trip around the continent. Until then, take a look at our delectable selection of wines here and sate your cravings 🙂

9 reasons #Octoberfest is the time to shop

Festivals in India are always over the top, loud, colourful and happy. Shopping for new clothes, shoes, jewellery and home ware is a big part of the traditions. Gifting too.

We love that we can pamper you with retail therapy this October making it a really unforgettable #Octoberfest.

Here are a few great deals you should indulge in or perhaps even indulge a loved one.

  1. Godiva Chocolate

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Silky-textured chocolates are a definite winner when it comes to gifting and might we add, a better alternative to the box of ‘mithai’ you had in mind. Browse through our collection ranging from $6 to $42 and pre-order here: http://goo.gl/xx0Roh

  1. Elizabeth Arden EDT, shower gel & body lotion set

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If you combine an exciting fragrance with a shower gel and a body lotion, you have got yourself a day long experience of smelling like a goddess. This matchless trio is a steal at our offer price. Get this heavenly deal for a mere $36 : http://goo.gl/WJiubA

  1. Calvin Klein Miniature

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A set of miniature perfumes for men by Calvin Klein, makes a sensible gifting option or great for all your upcoming end of year travel plans. With a selection of the best fragrances for men, all together in a single pack at an astonishing $54, how can you look away? http://goo.gl/7eYUc2

  1.  Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

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It’s a great time to add colour to your wardrobe with this astonishing set of five lipsticks. These chic lipsticks are your go-to glam quotient not just for festivals but on any given day of the year. Buy five intense lip shades in a flash at a whopping $33! : http://goo.gl/i29qRm

  1. L’Oreal Hydrafresh Spa Experience Pouch

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This mini kit contains a Hydrafresh Gel Foam, Hydrafresh Mask-in lotion, Hydrafresh Deep Boosting Essence, Hydrafresh Supreme Emulsion and Hydrafresh Mask. All this with a special pouch at just $43. Ideal, much? : http://goo.gl/m1tWct

  1. Russell Desire Food Slicer

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This has to be one of the top most things on the list of things women really want. Festival food needs lots of prep and this kitchen gadget is designed to make the whole process of cooking easier. Make the right choice this Dasara for just $55. Now, this is a quite the deal: http://goo.gl/c1VOMj

  1. Sony Headset Canal

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What better gift to give than the sound of music? A sturdy and reliable pair of earphones with unrivalled sound quality at a price that is going to make your jaw drop! Get it here now, at a steal for $17! : http://goo.gl/nMtCwo

  1. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

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If you are going to be hosting friends during the upcoming vacations, then be the perfect host with the right drinks in your home bar. Just spend $74 for a couple of bottles from the Jack Daniel’s portfolio, and you will even get a free selfie stick to capture the good times. Peek through our collection starting from $35: http://goo.gl/RzfGLO

  1. Jacob’s Creek Wines

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A very thoughtful and reasonably priced gift for any occasion have got to be the various Wines from the Jacob’s Creek selection. Whether it’s a glass of the sparkling rose or classic Chardonnay, there’s a bottle for every mood. At a very affordable price range of $11 to $19, Jacob’s Creek should be your choice this festive season and this Australian wine is definitely one for the wine cabinet at home too. Take a look at our selection: http://goo.gl/FOoBKJ

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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.