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Martini Recipes For Every Kind Of Drinker

Elegant and classy — that’s Martini. In recent years, the martini has become one of the most popular alcoholic beverages. Martinis may seem old fashioned, but with so many versions available, it’s hard to pick one out of all. The Martini is basically a cocktail made exclusively with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.

Let’s discover the world of Martinis!

Dry Martini

Martinis are iconic!!! They are the one drink which is on every bartender’s list. There is no substitute of a classic dry martini.

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Ingredients:
75 ml Gin
15 ml Dry Vermouth
1 dash Orange bitters
Lemon twist to garnish

Recipe:
Pour all the ingredients together into a mixing glass with ice.
Stir until it’s very cold.
Strain the contents into a chilled Martini glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini, olive lovers’ favourite cocktail. There’s nothing about this salty and briny martini which you won’t love.

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Ingredients:
75 ml Gin or Vodka
15 ml Dry Vermouth
15 ml Olive Brine
Use olives for garnishing

Recipe:
Put all the ingredients together into a mixing glass with ice.
Stir them.
Strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with 2 or 3 olives.

50/50 Martini

As the name suggests, this martini cocktail is made with equal proportions of gin and vermouth.

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Recipe source: https://www.liquor.com/recipes/50-50-martini/#gs.l9yyim

Ingredients:
60 ml Vodka
60 ml Vermouth
Lemon twist to garnish

Recipe:
Add vodka and vermouth in a mixing glass filled with ice.
Stir well.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

French Martini

A French Martini is a popular contemporary classic cocktail. It is a delicious mix of fresh pineapple juice, Vodka and Chambord liqueur.

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Recipe source: https://www.artofdrink.com/cocktail/french-martini

Ingredients:
60ml Vodka
15ml Chambord
75ml Pineapple Juice

Recipe:
Add all the ingredients into the shaker half filled with ice.
Shake vigorously for at least 20 -30 seconds, it will give the drink a nice frothy texture and pink colour.
Strain the contents and pour into a martini glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

Reverse Martini

Reverse Martini unlike other martinis have a higher ratio of vermouth to gin. This is again a sophisticated cocktail with remarkably lower content of alcobev than traditional martini.

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Recipe source: https://theginqueen.com/2016/11/reverse-martini/

Ingredients:
60ml Dry Vermouth
30ml Gin
Twist of lemon for garnishing

Recipe:
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice.
Stir well.
Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass.
Garnish with a large lemon twist.

Summer Martini

Summer Martinis are made with the basic composition of gin/vodka and dry vermouth. With summer season officially upon us, this is the best time to play with the fruit or floral flavour variations on these quintessential drinks.

 

Image and recipe source: https://www.liquor.com/recipes/summer-martini/#gs.lbyewq

Ingredients:
90 ml Flavoured Gin
30 ml Dry Vermouth
To garnish: 1 Blackberry and raspberry

Recipe:
Add flavoured gin and dry vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice.
Stir until chilled.
Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with a blackberry and a raspberry on a toothpick or just drop into the glass.

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How To Be A Responsible Host

How To Be A Responsible Host?

Hosting a dinner party or a weekend brunch can be fun and exciting. A lot of planning goes into putting together a perfect gathering where all your guests enjoy not only during the party, but they reach home safe as well. As a host, you want to be remembered for the right reasons!

The stakes get bigger if you serve alcobev because as a host, it is your responsibility to ensure that your guests reach home sound and safe. The chances of injuries from fall, car accidents get bigger, especially if one is in an inebriated state.

Speaking of drinks, think of a scenario when the excitement gets dampened because a guest gets drunk. It may turn out to be a cause of massive inconvenience and awkwardness not only to you but to the others in attendance as well.

To avoid getting into embarrassing and irresponsible drunken soup, here are some key points to keep in mind while hosting a party responsibly and still have fun.

  • Serve food while drinking alcobevs as it slows down the absorption of alcohol in the body. Slow down serving drinks so that it gives a chance to process alcobev in the system.
  • Plan entertaining activities which involve guest participation, it helps in slowing down alcohol absorption in the body.
  • Monitor your guests’ drinks, and avoid serving shots as it may lead to ‘drinking competitions’.
  • Don’t force your guests to drink. Ever heard of ‘Live and let live’? There’s no point in pushing people to drink alcobev.
  • Keep an eye on the minors, ensure that they are served non-alcoholic drinks.

*NOTE: Underage drinking is unlawful and is a terrible idea which must ‘never’ be encouraged or entertained.

  • Avoid a self-service bar and designate a responsible professional bartender instead. People tend to drink more when they fix their own drinks, and the bartender can save the day by refusing drinks to the ones already high.
  • Discourage mixing of drinks, it’s a sure shot recipe of drunken mayhem!
  • It may get slightly awkward to refuse a drink to an intoxicated colleague, friend or a relative, but stick to your guns. They say ‘prevention is better than cure’ for a very good reason!
  • If you notice that your guest has had a drink too many, discourage them from driving back home. As a responsible host, you can Either designate somebody to drive them home or book a cab.
  • *NOTE: Drinking and driving must never be mixed, it can be potentially fatal.
  • Stop the alcobev service one hour before the party ends. It allows your guests the time to sober up.
  • And remember, as responsible hosts, enjoy your drinks if you must but please do not get drunk!

A quick parting valuable note, as you plan your next party, remember that as much as it’s important to have fun, it is equally important to be mindful of the obligations as a host and party safe.

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Your Guide To Whiskey Glasses

Your Guide To Whisky Glasses

Are you confused about the types of whisky glasses and can’t make out a highball glass from tulip-shaped glass or old fashioned glass?
Do not be fazed by the bumpy road because we’re here to ease the creases for you, so that you are better able to understand the difference between the types of glasses best suited for whisky.
 

Whisky is one of the most popular drinks which is appreciated worldwide. But does the glassware matter when drinking whisky? The answer is yes!

Whisky tasting is art, one needs to understand the sensory details to appreciate it. The right kind of glass enhances the drinking experience for connoisseurs.

Moreover, the science and logical reasoning explain that the shape and size of alcobev glassware affect its aroma, flavour and the temperature.  

So without further ado, let’s guide you through a list of whisky glasses… Before we begin, it is imperative to mention here that if one intends to get tipsy, the kind of glass used becomes irrelevant. However, the whisky enthusiasts would share the different sentiments about picking out the right glass to savour whisky, because drinking should be a tasteful experience.

Let’s get going…

Old Fashioned Or  Rock Glass


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It’s a short tumbler glass used to serve neat whisky or on the rocks. The typically wide-brimmed thick bottom glass allows for the mixing of ingredients and has enough room for ample of ice. The serving capacity of the versatile old-fashioned glass usually measures between 180-300 ml.

Shot Glass

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Shot glasses are used for drinking a considerably small amount of neat whisky quickly in one go. There are two types of shot glasses – the shooter glass and cordial glass.

Shooter glass is used for double or layered shots.

Cordial glass is used for consuming strong spirits without ice. The capacity of this glass is 1 or 2 oz. Typically with the stem, they’re more suited to serve guests for a formal appearance.

Tulip Glass

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Perfect for nosing the whisky, a tulip glass is similar to the Spanish Copita glass. The aromas get concentrated in the bowl shape which escapes through the slightly narrowed rim of the glass. Its long stem prevents the polluting smells to come too close while nosing the drink. This glass is most favoured among the connoisseurs & master distillers across the world to appreciate the fine nuances of whisky.

Highball Glass

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The highball glass or tumbler glass is a long narrow shaped tall glass is ideally used to serve whisky cocktails over ice. Its thick base keeps it balanced and helps in avoiding spills.

Snifter Glass

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Snifter glass is typically used for aged brown spirits including whisky. It is designed in such a way that the broad surface area of the glass evaporates the alcobev, and the aroma is trapped by the narrow top allowing the senses to register its characteristics. The rounded bottom lets the drinker cup the glass which warms the alcobev.  Most snifters can hold the capacity of 180–240 ml.

Glencairn Glass

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Glencairn glass was originally designed by Raymond Davidson in Scotland for whisky tasting, and it is the first glass-style which was endorsed by the Scotch Whiskey Association.
The design is inspired by nosing Copitas used across Scottish whisky labs.
Typically the capacity of Glencairn glass is approximately 175 ml, and the tapered mouth lets the drinker savour the complex taste and aroma of whisky. These glasses are used preferably for Irish whiskeys, single malts and bourbons.

Now, that you have a fair knowledge about the fundamentals of whisky glasses, gear up to stock your bar, and get the most of the next whisky you drink.

 

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