GIN - From the Gutter to the Top Shelf


From the Gutter to the Top of the Shelf


William Faulkner once said, “Civilization begins with distillation.” Unfortunately, that was not the case in Great Britain.

Gin is a divisive drink. It has been for centuries. Responsible for an early booze-fueled crisis in England, the botanical-infused distilled spirit was once seen as scourge on a society. Gin’s reputation as the crack cocaine of its day was cemented with lurid press tales about gin-fuelled degradation and squalor, culminating in William Hogarth’s infamous 1751 engraving “Gin Lane.”


Three hundred years later, it’s become the elegant answer to vodka and, increasingly in the US and Britain, an artisanal concoction. The industry has been undergoing a welcome renaissance. Many of the gins being produced in small batches across the countries bear little resemblance to the stodgy London dry gin your parents drank. While we’ve ...
Friday April 20th, 2018Read More

Rum - Diving Into The Popular Caribbean Treat


Pirates had the right idea. Sorta. Sipping rum makes one want to hang near a tropical body of water. But all that robbing and pillaging would really kill the buzz. Before the pirates got their hands on it, rum was an accidental byproduct of the sugar craze during colonial times. Sugar production created huge amounts of molasses. Soon it was discovered the sticky, sweet substance could be fermented and distilled. Then rum took off. It's long been a traditional drink in the Caribbean, but thanks to its popularity amongst sailors, navy men and pirates, it quickly spread across the world.


The first distillation of rum took place on the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean in the 17th century. Plantation slaves first discovered that molasses, a byproduct of the sugar refining process, could be fermented into alcohol. Later, distillation of these alcoholic byproducts concentrated the alcohol and removed impurities, producing the first true rums. Tradition ...
Wednesday March 21st, 2018Read More

The World of Sour Beer - Origins and the Best Ones


Move over, bitter IPAs and chocolaty stouts. There's a new kid on the craft brewing block, and it's going to knock your salivary glands into action.


Many foods and drinks are acquired tastes. Think back to the first time you tried coffee, gin, bleu cheese, single malt whisky, black licorice, etc.—what did you think? Chances are you didn't enjoy it very much. Maybe you still don't, but over time, many people come to enjoy, even crave, one or more of these challenging tastes. In the beer world, there are a number of styles that cause your face to pucker in a kind of "yuck" sort of way the first time you try them, but with some persistence, you can come to love these types of beer.

Sour beer has an intentionally acidic, tart, or sour taste. The taste of sour beer may be exotic to American palates, but the beer's flavor actually dates back to the early days of brewing, when beer came only in an unpasteurized...
Saturday February 24th, 2018Read More

The Everything Guide to Tequila


Just like Champagne, Tequila has an appellation of origin: if you don’t make it out of blue agave plants from certain regions surrounding Tequila, Mexico (Jalisco, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas), then it cannot be called tequila.
According to Andrés Rodríguez, the international president of the Mexican Academy of Tequila, explains that tequila is not meant to be taken suddenly. You should drink it slowly, to enjoy its aromas and flavors. He also made a list of the best tequila brands, based on the quality of the spirit, so you make the best decision when you have to choose a bottle for a special occasion, and you are not seduced by sophisticated bottles and high prices that do not guarantee the best tequila.

A Brief History Lesson

Tequila was first produced in the 16th century near the city of Tequila, which was not officially established until 1666. A fermented beverage from the agave plant known as pulque was consumed in pre-Columbian ...
Thursday January 18th, 2018Read More

Flavored Vodka - Advantages vs. Disadvantages

Etymology: The name “vodka” is a diminutive form of the Slavic word voda (water), interpreted as little water: root вод- (vod-) [water] + -к- (-k-) (diminutive suffix, among other functions) + -a (ending of feminine gender).1  
The world's first written mention of the drink and of the word "vodka" was in 1405 from Akta Grodzkie recorder of deeds, in the court documents from the Palatinate of Sandomierz in Poland and it went on to become a popular drink there. At the time, the word wódka referred to chemical compounds such as medicines and cosmetics' cleansers, while the popular beverage currently known as vodka was called gorzałka (from the Old Polish verb gorzeć meaning “to burn”), which is also the source of Ukrainian horilka (горілка).2

Unflavored Vodka
According to a legend, around 1430, a monk named Isidore from Chudov Monastery inside the Moscow Kremlin made a recipe of the first Russian vodka. ...
Friday December 15th, 2017Read More