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Brandy & Cognac Drink Recipes

Brandy by definition is any spirit made from distilled grape wine.

Brandy is made all over the world, the most famous coming from the cognac region of France.

Brandies are also made from other fruits such as apples or cherries. 75% of brandy sold in the US comes from California, while 75% is consumed in Wisconsin. Enjoy our collection of brandy, cognac and armagnac recipes. If you have a favorite brandy cocktail recipe that you … Read more

Create a Fog Effect for Your Halloween Punch

Dry ice turns an ordinary party punch into a spooky Halloween brew!

Instructions:

    Start with 2 punch bowls of different sizes. The smaller bowl will hold the actual punch while the larger bowl will hold the smaller bowl and the dry ice.
    With tongs or gloved hands (dry ice can freeze your skin), place chunks of dry ice in the bigger container. Place the smaller bowl on top of the dry ice. There is no … Read more
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National Rum Punch Day

Right on the heels of yesterday’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” September 20th is “National Rum Punch Day.” I did some digging to find the congressional decree and history of this one but came up empty-handed. Still, I like rum and I like punch so who cares? Let’s celebrate!

Helping us to get started, the folks over at Gosling’s Rum sent us the Bermuda Rum Swizzle, a mix of dark rum, gold rum and fruit

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Molecular Mixology: Playing Mad Scientist in Your Mouth

Combining chemistry and cocktails may sound dangerous. However, mixologists are using scientific principles to manipulate the flavor and texture of their creations. Known as molecular mixology, this new style of cocktail-making includes things like powdered rum and coke, martini popsicles, alcoholic cotton candy and whiskey hamburgers.

Simpler concoctions include upscale Jell-O shots and spherical “ice cubes” that are actually frozen cocktails. Inspired by the culinary discipline of molecular gastronomy, cocktail chemists have applied many tricks … Read more

Soda Limon

As we ease into fall, this easy drink from Caravella Limoncello fit the bill. Soda Limon is the perfect cocktail for a lazy fall weekend. An elegant touch when guests want something a little lighter.

Ingredients

1 ½ ounce Caravella
Soda water

Instructions

Add ice and Caravella to a tall glass. Top with soda water.

Courtesy of Caravella Limoncello.

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Cocktails to Toast Mexican Independence Day

September 16th is the day in 1810 when Mexico declared independence from Spain. It is cause for great celebration in town squares all over Mexico. To help you celebrate at home, Kahlúa created some creative new cocktails. Kahlúa is a Mexican original, having been created in the Yucatan in 1936.

    Delicioso: Kahlúa and Red Bull
    Mayan Passion: Kahlúa, tequila and passion fruit Juice
    Yucatan Sling: A twist on the classic

Tequila is, of course, the … Read more

Mixology Monday – Pisco Punch

The theme for Mixology Monday this month is 19th-century cocktails. Living in San Francisco, naturally I was drawn to Pisco Punch. This famous cocktail came to be due to the large amount of Pisco available after the Gold Rush.

What is Pisco? It is a grape brandy from Peru. Just like French brandies, varieties range from rotgut to super premium. The main difference is that Pisco is aged, but not in barrels, rather ceramic or … Read more

Tailgator – The Gas Powered Blender

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It’s football season and that means tailgating and the Tailgator is Tailgating! This 25cc, 2 ¼ HP, gas-powered blender is like nothing else we have seen.

This machine is for some serious drink blending and major tailgating. It is even great for whipping up all kinds of dips, which go great with the margaritas that this blender has made famous.

Each TailGator is assembled by hand in the USA with strict attention to detail.

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TURF: Tailgaters Urging Responsibility and Fun

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The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America have teamed with others in the industry and pro-football hall-of-famer, Joe Thiesmann to create TURF, Tailgaters Urging Responsibility and Fun. The group will hold a number of events promoting responsible tailgating through out the football season. In addition, the group the group is offering tips for responsible and fun tailgating on its website along with some tasty recipes to keep everyone from going hungry.

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