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Have You Tried These Coffee Cocktails Yet?

Are you who can’t begin a day without a good strong hot cuppa coffee, and enjoys few drinks in the evenings too? Does the idea of mixing your two pleasures excite your tastes buds? Just when you thought the world couldn’t get any better, there come coffee cocktails to your rescue! You have come to the right place if you answered in the affirmative, and with this article, we intend to delight the coffee lovers with an ultimate list of coffee cocktails. Whether you throw a party & dish out these drinks to floor your guests, or you simply treat yourself to a good buzz, these recipes are going to make you want to have more than a sip of these delicious cocktails. Read on to find out more…

Irish Coffee

Talk of coffee and alcobev, this list has to begin with the classic Irish coffee, a little bit of roasty coffee and a bit of buzz, served just right for that perfect kick.

Irish Coffee

Image & Recipe Source: https://www.thespruceeats.com/original-irish-coffee-recipe-759311

Ingredients 

  • 4 ounces strong, rich hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 ounce lightly whipped heavy cream

Directions 

  • Pour the sugar into a warm Irish coffee glass, mug, or other heat-proof glass.
  • Add the coffee and stir until dissolved.
  • Add the Irish whiskey and stir again.
  • Float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
  • Do not stir again. Instead, drink the coffee through the cream.

Mochatini

The rich & delicious mocha paired with vodka & liqueur can even curb the dessert craving after a meal, very easily!

Image Source:  http://overtimecook.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/mochatini-cocktail-2.jpg

Recipe Source: https://whoneedsacape.com/2015/03/mochatini/

Ingredients 

  • 3 Ounces Coffee Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Baileys Liqueur
  • 1 Ounce Tia Maria Liqueur
  • 1 Ounce (plus garnish) Chocolate syrup
  • Cream (half and half)

Directions 

  • Fill your martini shaker with ice
  • Add in liqueurs, vodka, and syrup
  • Fill shaker to the top with cream
  • Shake well
  • Prepare martini glass by dripping chocolate on the sides of glass
  • Pour in and enjoy!

Rum Coffee

This one certainly makes for a perfect drink especially in the Caribbeans.

RumCoffee

Image & Recipe Source: https://lovers.coffee/caribbean-coffee-rum-recipe/

Ingredients 

  • Hot coffee or espresso
  • 1-ounce Rum
  • Amaretto
  • 2 tsp Sugar (optional)
  • Double or heavy Whipping cream

Directions

  • To prepare the mixture, pour 1 ounce of rum into a glass, and half an ounce of amaretto liqueur for added booze.
  • Then pour in eight ounces of hot brewed coffee, or you can use espresso if you want a stronger taste of coffee.
  • If you prefer a sweet version of this Caribbean coffee which we prefer too, you can add two tsp of sugar for a bit of sweetness.
  • Finally, for the finishing touches pour on slowly the heavy cream on top of the mixture.
  • Serve and enjoy the coffee drink.

Dark and Stormy Coffee Cocktail

The fancy & the bold dark and stormy with shots of espresso gives you a different high altogether.

Image & Recipe Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/sites/default/files/styles/recipe/public/recipe/recipe-image/2016/12/stormy-and-caffeinated.jpg?itok=kTMwip5I

 Ingredients

  • 25 ml dark rum
  • 25 ml tequila
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer
  • 2 tbsp freshly brewed espresso

Directions 

Fill a highball glass with ice and pour in the rum and tequila. Stir then top with ginger beer. Slowly pour in the espresso.

Turkish Coffee Sour

If you love Turkish coffee, this cocktail recipe is is a must try. The aromas of spices coupled with grounded coffee & spiced rum will tantalize your senses.

Turkish Coffee Sour

Image & Recipe Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/turkish-coffee-sour

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coffee grounds
  • 5 cardamom pods, bruised (plus 2 to garnish)
  • strip of lemon peel
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 20g egg whites
  • 75 ml spiced rum
  • 25 ml lemon juice
  • Angostura bitters (optional) 

Directions

  • Put the coffee grounds in a pan with 250ml water.
  • Add the cardamom pods, lemon peel, cloves and cinnamon stick.
  • Bring to the boil, then strain through a sieve lined with 2 pieces of kitchen paper.
  • Leave to cool.
  • Pour 50ml of the coffee mixture into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  • Add the egg white, spiced rum and lemon juice.
  • Shake hard for 1-2 mins then double strain into 2 coupe or martini glasses.
  • Decorate with another cardamom pod and a few drops of Angostura bitters if you like.

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Wine Serving Tips

So, you have planned your formal anniversary party, or perhaps you’re inviting some guests over for a house-warming but you’re confused about how to serve wine like a perfect host?  Do not worry, here we come to the rescue to ease the creases, and by the time you’re done reading our quick guide-list, you’ll have your fundamentals right about what temperature should wine be served at, what glasses should you use and general wine serving etiquette.

Read on to serve wine like a pro…

Glasses

Like many other alcobevs, picking the right glasses to serve wine to your guests is equally important because it enhances the complex taste & aroma of drinks.

Sparkling wine & champagne is generally served in the long-stemmed slender flute glass. The long stem of the glass enables you to hold the glass without affecting the temperature of the drink, whereas, the slender shape retains the bubbles.

The Champagne saucer is a wide rimmed with shallow bowl and long-stemmed glass which is another option to serve champagne.

The round-shaped bowl of red wine glass enhances the oxidation rate of bolder red wines.

White wines are served in glasses similar to the red wine glass, but with a comparatively smaller rim & bowl. It preserves & enhances the aromas & in maintaining a cooler temperature.

Temperature

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wines are generally served chilled. The aromatic and sweet dry sparkling wines can tolerate low temperatures and can be served as low as 8 °C. Ideally, they should be left in the chiller an hour-two hours before opening.

White Wines

In comparison to red wines, the white wines contain lesser tannins and are high in acidity content. The acidic beverages are best served at low temperatures, ideally, the preferred temperature ranges between 10 to 14 °C.

Oaked white wines are better served warmer.

Red Wines

Red wines and Bordeaux are served refreshing at room temperature, not warm.

They contain tannins and are comparatively less acidic than white wines, so they are served at higher temperature. The wines with fewer tannins are served from 14 to 16 ° C, whereas full-bodied and tannic ones can be served at 18 °C.

Fortified and Sweet Wines

Fortified wines are high in alcohol content and taste sweet. To enhance the characteristic sweetness & complexity of these wines, they should be served at a slightly high temperature, of about 14 to 18 °C. In order to accentuate their freshness, it is best to serve them at low temperature, 10 to 14 °C, and the fortified dry wines can also be served at the temperature below 10 °C.

Additional Tip: Remember these few pointers when you serve wine to your guests:

– Serve the ladies first. In many cultures, it is found rude if women are not served before men.

– It’s always polite to ask your guests if they need a refill before refilling your drink.

–  While serving, it is important not to fill a glass full.

– Keep the essential bar tools handy, such as foil cutters and corkscrews, decanters.

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Local Drinks From Around The World & How To Toast Them Right

In celebrations & festivities, alcobev finds an important role to play in all cultures across the world. And as they rightly say, that you haven’t seen it all, you haven’t experienced a place fully if you haven’t eaten, drank & toasted like the natives.

So today, with this short list, let’s take you around the world sipping and toasting the right way.

Japanese Sake

Sake or Saké is the Japanese rice wine which is made from fermenting rice. Its brewing process is similar to that of beer but it differs in the process of ‘starch to sugar’ conversion, however, its ABV rate remains much higher than beer or wine.

Sake is one of the oldest drinks in the world & depending on the type kind of drink, it can be served either hot or cold.  The fermentation process is important in determining the taste, aroma & quality of the drink.

The Japanese consider pouring your own drink to be rude, as part of drinking etiquette, they look out for each other, ensuring nobody’s glass is left empty & they always serve the elders first.

How you toast there? Simply say ‘Kampei’ or “Cheers”!

Vietnamese Bia Hoi

Bia Hoi is a type of local draught beer, it is made from rice. This light lager is brewed daily & matured over a short period of time & usually consumed the same day it is produced.

How you toast there? Simply say ‘Mot, Hai, Ba, Yo’, which means ‘bottoms up’ or “Cheers”!

Spanish Sangria

Sangria is a traditional Spanish drink and it forms an integral part of their drinking culture. It is a popular wine-based drink which also has fruit juice, soda & it is loaded with seasonal fruits. There is no particular recipe for this beverage & it is often customizable. It is advisable that a dry &  fruity wine works well to make that perfect Sangria.

How to toast like a Spaniard? People there drink to good health with a ‘salud’.

South Korean Makgeolli

Makgeolli is a traditional home-brewed rice wine popular in South Korea. Made in a single fermentation process, Makgeolli usually takes only about 7-8 days to be ready and has the alcohol content of about 6-7%. It is served as an everyday drink and on celebratory events.

As a custom in South Korea, the host offers the toast and the gesture is returned by the guest.

How to toast there? ‘Gonbae’ or “bottoms up” is a great way to toast while in South Korea.

Greek Ouzo

‘Ouzo makes the spirit’, goes old saying in Greece and it stays true because the anise-flavoured aperitif remains one of the most popular drinks. The potent and fiery drink with 40% alcohol content, is customarily served neat, however, some people prefer to add water to their drink.

How to toast like a Greek? Well, the Greeks like to go according to the occasion. ‘Stinygiasou’ which means ‘to your health’, is a common informal way to toast. ‘Eis igian sas’ is reserved for more formal occasions and ‘Kali epitihia’ is said to wish someone good luck & health.

Disclaimer: Excessive alcohol consumption is harmful. Whether it is to celebrate or to unwind, it goes without a doubt that one must be a responsible drinker.

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