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What Are Some Of The Best Drinks In France, Apart From Wine?

French people are passionate about everything, including their food, their art, their culture and of course their drinks.

Historically, the French have been associated with the finer things in life like French fashion, French fragrances and French wine. They have admirers all over the globe.

So here is a list of some of the best drinks the French consume apart from wine:

  1. Benedictine

Benedictine is an herbal liqueur but unlike other herbal liqueurs, it’s not medicinal. It was first developed by Alexandre Le Grand in 19th century. Benedictine is truly a unique drink flavoured with a secret concoction of 27 flowers, berries, herbs and spices. 

  1. Chambord

Chambord Liqueur Royale de France is made with raspberries, blackberries and Madagascan vanilla steeped in cognac. It is produced at a chateau in the Loire Valley of France. It’s a fruity drink which makes a good base for cocktails, especially “Sex on the Beach.”

  1. Grand Marnier

Grand Marnier is an orange scented, Cognac based spirit. It is first produced by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle in 1880. Grand Marnier is a blend of cognac brandy, distilled essence of orange and sugar and have 40 percent ABV. It is popular as a straight up drink, on the rocks or in a cocktail making it the perfect accompaniment for crepes, patisseries, and Christmas cake.

  1. Absinthe

Absinthe also known as “la fée verte” meaning the Green Fairy due to its natural green colour (it may also be colourless) was originally made in Switzerland. It was in 19th century that France started producing the aniseed tasting liqueur. Traditional absinthe is made from grand wormwood, together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs.

  1. Calvados

Calvados is a variety of brandy which is made from apples and sometimes pears also. It is produced predominantly in the Normandy region of France. Specially grown and selected apples from over 200 different varieties are fermented to make apple cider. It is then distilled and aged in oak casks, where they remain for at least two years to be classifies as calvados.

  1. Eaux de Vie

French for ‘water for life’, Eaux de Vie is a clear, colourless fruit brandy, made from fruit other than grapes. Ripe fruit is fermented, distilled twice and quickly bottled to preserve the freshness and aroma of the parent fruit. They are typically not aged in wooden casks, hence they are colourless. Eaux de vie is usually served after a meal. 

  1. Chartreuse

Chartreuse is a popular herbal liqueur made by Carthusian Monks since 1737. It got its name from the monks’ Grande Chartreuse monastery. It is available in green and yellow versions. Both Green Chartreuse and Yellow Chartreuse use a secret blend of 130 herbs, plants and flowers which are only known by two Chartreuse monks and they alone supervise the entire process.

Green Chartreuse (110 proof or 55% ABV) is the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural green colour and Yellow Chartreuse (80 proof or 40% ABV) has a milder and sweeter flavour and aroma than green Chartreuse.

  1. Pastis

Pastis, an anise-flavoured aperitif is found in almost every French house. Typically containing 40–45% ABV and less than 100 g/l sugar, it is generally quite sweet. Paul Ricard commercialized Pastis in 1932. It was a popular replacement for the banned Absinthe, as it had the same flavours.

Pastis means “mixed.” Some believe that refers to the blending of flavours used to create it and some believe that refers to the water you need to add in order to get your flavour to flow out.

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Rum Cocktails You Need To Try At Least Once

Rum is one of the most versatile drinks when it comes to making a cocktail. Have you tried all of the essential Rum drinks? Here is a list of some of the popular and everyone’s favourite Rum cocktails which you should try at least once.

Daiquiri

When we talk about Rum cocktails, the first drink that comes to our mind is Daiquiri. This cocktail is the easiest, and simplest of all the Rum drinks. It’s just a 3 ingredient drink, you need Rum, lime juice, and sugar, and it’s done. This is the one cocktail which you should not only taste but learn to make it too.

Mojito

Once you have tasted and learned the art of making Daiquiri, it’s time for another crowd-pleaser the Mojito. It’s a refreshing drink made with Rum, mint, lime, sugar, and soda. If you like, you can toss any fruit of your choice to make fruit flavoured mojitos.

Pina Colada

It’s a fantastic summertime cocktail which you can enjoy throughout the year. A delight for coconut’s lover, this drink includes light Rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream. You can either blend it or shake it. So sip, relax, and sit back to enjoy it.

Hurricane

This is not your basic cocktail with few ingredients. Rather the list of ingredients in Hurricane is quite extensive. Filled with flavours, this cocktail has both light as well as dark rums in it. Apart from that, it has passion fruit, orange, lime juice, simple syrup, and grenadine. It’s an iconic cocktail with a refreshing and powerful taste and a signature drink of New Orleans. So don’t forget to order your signature Hurricane next time when you are in New Orleans.

Planter’s Punch

The classic planter’s punch is a tall, refreshing drink with lots of fruits in it and which fruit to put in your drink is a matter of an individual’s choice. Some prefer passion fruit, other’s pineapple and some like to have a piece of every fruit. No matter what flavour you decide your planter’s punch is a great summertime drink.

Hot Buttered Rum

As the name suggests Hot Buttered Rum is a perfect cocktail for cold winter months. Rum is known for its ability to warm up the body. To make this cocktail perfectly, all you need is dark rum, vanilla extract, brown sugar, butter, and a combination of winter spices which are easily available in your kitchen. So when the winters hit your town next time enjoy some Hot Buttered Rum to feel warm and cosy.

Dark and Stormy

This cocktail is a must-have for any Rum lover, especially after a long tiring day at work. It’s a tall, refreshing, and easy to pour drink that’s why it’s a number one choice for happy hour. Just a two-ingredient cocktail, with Rum and ginger beer in it and it goes best with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum.

Cable Car

It is one of the great modern classics. To make a cable car cocktail you need spiced rum as the base. Also, you need orange Curacao, fresh lemon sour, and garnished it with a cinnamon-sugared rim. Like any other sour drinks, it has a sweet as well as a sour element to it.

Just go ahead and try all the delicious Rum cocktails.

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Social Drinking vs. Problem Drinking

Social Drinking

Social drinking is when people drink occasionally and responsibly. There are no black outs or getting drunk regularly. Social drinking does not interruptyour routine life.You take care of your home, work, family, health and other responsibilities. It does not put you in any financial or legal trouble. Drinking in moderation is the best way to describe social drinking.

Problem Drinking

Problem drinking is considered when people consume liquor frequently.They usually drink more than what their mind and body can handle. They are not aware of what they do when they drink and always regret later. Problem drinkers experience ill effects on their health and no matter how hard they try to quit drinking, they can’t do it on their own.

The effects of Alcobev

Alcobev can reduce stress, cut back apprehensions, and make social collaborations easy. Be that as it may, excessive drinking can be hazardous on health on so many levels.

  • It can be physically and mentally addictive
  • It can cause impeded memory, coordination, and judgment
  • Damage the significant organs like heart, liver, and nervous system
  • Chances of birth defects, if taken during pregnancy.

Individuals who misuse liquor additionally put themselves as well as other people in danger on the off chance that they drive or operateheavy machinery after drinking excessively.

Liquor misuse and vulnerability can begin at any age. There are absolute no indicators of when it might happen. In any case, where there is a family history of alcohol abuse, one needs to be extra careful.  One may even abstain from consuming alcohol in such situations. Some build up a drinking issue later in life. Sometimes, a drinking issue is triggered by major life changes that cause despondency, disconnection, and rejection.  One needs to ensure that this does not happen.

How to drink safe and responsibly? 

  • Always eat before drinking to slow down alcobev’s absorption and its effects.
  • Avoid drinks on an empty stomach.
  • Don’t drink if you are thirsty. First reduce your thirst before starting to drink liquor and always have a glass of water in between drinks.
  • Drink only at appropriate places and time and know when to stop.
  • Avoid drinking games and never mix liquor with any other drugs or medicines.
  • Don’t drink when you are under stress or upset about anything.
  • Never drink and drive.Always have a sober driver available.
  • Remember : Sober is the new high. Drink to enjoy social occasions, not to get drunk.  Stay #Not Out !

Warning signs to look out that need help!

  • Inability to stop liquor consumption once started to drink.
  • Obsessing about alcohol all the time.
  • Extreme difference in behaviour while drunk and sober.
  • Drinking pattern.
  • Being surrounded by heavy drinkers.
  • Being drunk at most of the occasions.
  • Being in denial that there is a drinking problem
  • Not being able to adhere to the limits set for drinking.
  • Using drinking as the only way to reward oneself.
  • Binge drinking.
  • Having blackout after drinking excessively
  • Not being able to imagine life without drinking.

Don’t let any discomfort, guilt or shame stop you from getting help for the life you deserve.Alcoholism is a treatable medical condition.

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