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!

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The Dos and Don’ts of cooking with Alcohol

After a hard week, a favorite leisure time activity that a lot of people see as a great form of relaxation is firing up the grill in their backyard with an ice cold beer or a glass of wine in hand. Whether you partake in drinking alcohol or not, all of us do however, like a bit of spirit tossed into some of our favourite meals. It’s not surprising at all that alcohol is a very commonly used ingredient in a lot of kitchens. It has various uses which make it a versatile ingredient.

In order to get started, one must have a basic understanding of pairing food and alcohol as part of the finished meal. The rule to cooking with alcohol is based on keeping it simple. Cooking with alcohol is also very similar to food pairings with alcohol. Which goes to say darker spirits work with darker meats, sauces and dishes that are heavy on proteins. On the other hand, light coloured spirits belong with lighter and white meats, sauces and low-protein food.

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Another imperative rule of cooking with alcohol is also a safety tip of sorts – avoid the flambé technique if you’re not an expert. Flambé is a style of cooking where a generous amount of any spirit is poured on food and is set ablaze as alcohol has highly flammable properties. This is a big no-no to avoid any kind of home accidents.

Here are some of our favourite recipes, made using different kinds of spirits that you can easily experiment with at home.

Penne A ‘la Vodka

This dish is hearty and quite filling — not to mention the fact that it makes for great leftovers.

Prep: 10 min

Cook: 30 min

Total: 40 min

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Ingredients

  • 500 gms dried penne pasta
  • 500 gms Italian sausage
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 500 gms button mushrooms, sliced
  • 30 gms chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. vodka
  • 4 cups loosely packed spinach leaves
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, brown sausage in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat until cooked through; remove and drain on paper towels.
  3. Melt butter in the same skillet; add onions and salt, and sauté until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, red pepper, and mushrooms; cook until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, cream, vodka, and return the sausage to the pot. Allow the mixture to come to a slow simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes uncovered.
  6. Prior to serving, fold in the pasta, followed by the spinach, and toss until spinach is wilted and incorporated. Serve with grated cheese.

Beer Can Chicken

Often tried, but rarely perfected, this is one of those techniques which marks the real marriage of cooking and alcohol. The beer lends extra flavour and moisture to the chicken throughout the cooking process. To get the best results, use a gas grill over indirect heat. You can go old school and just invert the chicken up on the can.

Prep: 10 min

Cook: 60 – 75 minutes

Total: 1 hour 10 min – 25 min

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 kgs young chicken, washed and rinsed clean
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Creole seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 can beer, open and with a couple sips taken
  • Beer can chicken stainless stand
  • Butcher’s twine

Instructions

  1. Prepare a charcoal smoker or gas grill for indirect heating/smoking over medium heat, about 130-150 degree celsius.
  2. Meanwhile, coat chicken in oil, and evenly rub the Creole seasoning into the chicken, including the cavity. Stuff cavity with garlic and lemon, and place the chicken on top of the beer on the stand. Secure by tying the legs together with butcher’s twine.
  3. Smoke the chicken, rotating on occasion, until the internal temperature reaches 75 degrees celsius.
  4. Tent with foil and allow the bird to rest for 20 minutes prior to cutting and serving.

Blueberry and Peach Bourbon Granola Crisp

This is a simplified version of a classic cobbler, full of fresh peaches and blueberries. You can use this same fruit mixture for traditional cobblers or pies, the crispy granola crunch on top is what it’s all about though (apart from the Bourbon of course) – and is also much easier to prepare.

Prep: 15 min

Cook: 40 min

Total: 55 min

Serves: 6

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Ingredients

Fruit Mixture

  • 3 ripe peaches — pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, washed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. Bourbon
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping

  • 1 cup granola
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp. cold butter, cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degree celcius.
  2. Toss the fruit mixture together into a greased cooking pan until evenly combined.
  3. Next, add the topping ingredients in a mixing bowl, cutting the butter into the dry ingredients until you get a coarse crumble.
  4. Spread the topping over the top of the fruit mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes or until browned and crispy.
  5. Cool slightly before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Any kind of alcohol can be used for cooking as long as you have a recipe in place. Browse through our vast collection of different spirits that can be used as an ingredient in any of your meals: http://bit.ly/1y5bcyo

New Arrivals to make it a #SweetNovember

At Bengaluru Duty Free, we value you – our customers so much so that we take every need and requirement of yours into consideration while stocking up our shelves. We know how exhilarating it is to see new additions into our already existing wide range of products. For our dearest customers, we have an array of exclusive new arrivals that will most certainly brighten up your mood.

  • Single Malt- Various blends with an assortment of the finest spices and interesting flavours that go down smoothly, we bring to you a brand new selection of Single Malts. We have reformed our Single Malt cabinet to accommodate some of your most preferred brands. Bask in our new and improved collection: http://bit.ly/1ryHEac 

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  • Rum  – The sugar cane spirit has been resuscitated with our distinctive array of Rums ranging from Spiced Rums to 12 year old blends. In addition to our old collection, we have introduced some of the biggest names associated with top-quality Rum that will redefine ‘temptation’ for you. Savour till the last sip with our new collection: http://bit.ly/1Ddkz14

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  • Vodka – We present to you, an improved selection of Vodkas, that augment your drinking affair. With unique and rare fruity flavoured Vodka, we can assure you that you will be impressed with our choice of Vodka, which is carefully picked and offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy this exceptional collection: http://bit.ly/1zjagpu

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  • Gin – With a long history of evolution, Gin has come quite far and represents various origins styles, and flavour profiles some of which reflect in our latest collection of Gins. Our aim is to provide you with an extraordinary experience to drink this splendid selection of Gin. Take pleasure in every sip of our collection: http://bit.ly/1S2K3lH

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  • Tequila – The most vibrant drink out of our entire spirit collection, the Tequila is a winner with all of you who like to have not just a good time but a hell of a time! So prepare to be mind-blown with our remarkably striking variety of Tequilas. Have a gala time with our collection: http://bit.ly/1PeT9yg

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  • Cognac – Most certainly a true connoisseur’s ultimate preference, Cognac always hits the spot with its magical flavour. That smoothness you feel as you take a gulp of one of the finest labels of Cognac, is a feeling of grand contentment. Get a whiff of this contentment with our great collection: http://bit.ly/17Yd7u0

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  • Chocolates – Gorge on our wonderful new collection of chocolates that pack a sweet yet refreshing promise in every bite. Don’t miss out on the exciting packaging of these chocolates that carry an incredible taste you just can’t stop relishing. Devour our latest collection: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

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New Arrivals in Bengaluru Duty Free

At Bengaluru Duty Free, we value you – our customers so much so that we take every need and requirement of yours into consideration while stocking up our shelves. We know how exhilarating it is to see new additions into our already existing wide range of products. For our dearest customers, we have an array of exclusive new arrivals that will most certainly brighten up your mood.

  1. Single Malt – Various blends with an assortment of the finest spices and interesting flavours that go down smoothly, we bring to you a brand new selection of Single Malts. We have reformed our Single Malt cabinet to accommodate some of your most preferred brands. Bask in our new and improved collection: http://bit.ly/1ryHEacThe-Singleton-of-Glen-Ord-Liberte-100cls_big201472111462276
  2. Rum  – The sugar cane spirit has been resuscitated with our distinctive array of Rums ranging from Spiced Rums to 12 year old blends. In addition to our old collection, we have introduced some of the biggest names associated with top-quality Rum that will redefine the word ‘temptation’ for you. Savour our new collection: http://bit.ly/1Ddkz14 image01_big2015113175536949
  3. Vodka – We present to you, an improved selection of Vodkas, that augment your drinking affair. With unique and rare fruity flavoured Vodka, we can assure you that you will be impressed with our choice of Vodka, which is carefully picked and offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy this exceptional collection: http://bit.ly/1zjagpuBeluga-Gold-Line_BIG2015115152518125
  4. Gin – With a long history of evolution, Gin has come quite far and represents various origins styles, and flavour profiles some of which reflect in our latest collection of Gins. Our aim is to provide you with an extraordinary experience to drink this splendid selection of Gin. Take pleasure in every sip of our collection: http://bit.ly/1S2K3lHGin Mare_BIG2015102718400758
  5. Tequila – The most vibrant drink out of our entire spirit collection, the Tequila is a winner with all of you who like to have not just a good time but rather a hell of a time! So prepare to be mind-blown with our remarkably striking variety of Tequilas from all around the world. Have a gala time with our collection: http://bit.ly/1PeT9yg Camino-Tequila-Gold-40-75cls_big20141231281244
  6. Cognac – Most certainly a true connoisseur’s ultimate preference, Cognac always hits the spot with its magical flavour. That smoothness you feel as you take a gulp of one of the finest labels of Cognac, is a feeling of grand contentment. Get a taste of this contentment with our fine collection: http://bit.ly/17Yd7u0Leopold, XO Cognac_BIG20151027183714320
  7. Chocolates – Gorge on our wonderful new selection of chocolates that pack a sweet yet delicious promise in every bite. Don’t miss out on the exciting packaging of these chocolates that also carry an incredible taste you just wouldn’t want to stop relishing. Devour our latest collection of scrumptious goodies: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcmLindt_Dark_Pralines_Box_145g-Big2014525215424100

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.

Immerse your raisins in some good dark Rum. Take a sneak peek at our top-notch Rum collection here:  http://goo.gl/timMBq

  • 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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Absolut Karnival Vodka

Welcome the newest and most exotic drink yet from Absolut, Karnival. This is an exquisite passion fruit and orange blossom flavoured limited edition Vodka that captures the true essence of a carnival. Designed by graphic novel creator Rafael Grampa, the colourful and arty bottle shows the beauty of Latin America and the colour and joy of a Brazilian carnival.

The artwork on the bottle is a cast of five exotic and colourful carnival characters on parade. All the characters depict the joy of music and dance in a lively and energetic way, and you can almost hear the exotic music and visualize an actual carnival parade. This stunning visual on the bottle adds drama and personality to the delicious and fruity Vodka.

So sit back, relax and enjoy this rich and smooth Vodka while enjoying a FIFA football match with friends on a lazy evening. Turn any party into a full-blown carnival with this exotic aperitif. The tangy flavours of the passion fruit and orange blossom makes it perfect for mixing refreshing cocktails. The best part about this Brazilian beauty is that it brings out a youthful vibe and party atmosphere any time, anywhere.

Try this delicious cocktail made with Absolut Karnival today. Called the Karnival Mojito.

Karnival Mojito

This is how you create this great mix:

Ingredients

1.5 Parts Absolut Karnival Edition
1 Part Simple Syrup
3/4 Part Fresh Lime Juice
5-6 Mint Leaves
Top with Soda (about 1 oz)

How to conjure it up:

In a mixing glass, gently muddle mint leaves with simple syrup and lime juice. Add Absolut Karnival Edition and ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

Or try another classic, the Parade of Passion.

Parade of Passion

All you need is:

1 Part Absolut Karnival Edition
½ Part Cloudy Apple Juice
Top Pomegranate Juice

Cover it with cubes of ice and stay cool this sizzling football season!

So, call you buddies, mix up the drinks and party the night away! This Absolut Karnival Edition is the magic potion that will give all your parties a new life.

The Absolut Karnival Edition is now available at your favourite duty free destination, Bengaluru Duty Free, operated by Nuance at the Kempegowda International Airport for only $24. Grab your bottle of this colourful Karnival edition and add spunk and cheer to your parties.