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Drinking Etiquette Around The World

Alcohol also finds a place in celebrations & traditions around the world and drinking is an enjoyable part in the lives of many people. The ones who enjoy drinks & love to travel would agree that no holiday is complete without high spirits. It gives them the opportunity to explore the local cuisine & drinks.

However, as you go about planning your next vacation to a different country, it is important to revisit few a basics here. Remember to be mindful of the local laws and customs. Also, know your limits when you go out drinking in foreign lands, you wouldn’t want to be caught in a messy situation that ruins your trip.

To make things easier, with this article we intend to bring you a list of drinking to-do’s as you plan your next sojourn around the world.

Denmark & Germany

The drinking culture is quite strong in Germany and the people sure do love their beer. A common thing between the Germans & the Danish is the way they toast while drinking. They like to maintain eye contact while toasting, it is symbolic of ‘trust’, and the person is considered untrustworthy if they fail to abide by it.

Czech Republic

The Czechs, like the Danish & Germans, make eye contact while toasting, it is considered rude if you don’t look people in the eye while clinking your glass. Also, make a mental note not to cross your arms as you clink.

France

The French are polite & they like to take it slow! You never fill your glass of wine more than halfway, pour a little and take it slow, don’t gulp it down like a shot!

Russia

The Russians consider it rude if you put your glass of vodka shot down without finishing it, it has to be downed in one go. Remember not to leave your glass on the table once you’re done, place it on the floor instead.

Hungary

Clinking glasses when drinking beer is a big no-no in Hungarian culture. The aversion is rooted in the revolution against the Habsburgs dating back to 1849 when the Austrian soldiers drank beer & clinked glasses while the Hungarian martyrs were hanged.

Spain

When in Spain, ‘always’ toast like the Spanish, and we’ll tell you why. So it goes like this, the Spaniards believe that you experience seven years of bad sex if you toast with a glass of water!

Japan 

In a social gathering in the Japanese culture, the elders are served first, and people ensure that no one’s glass is empty. Pouring a drink for yourself is considered outright rude, and as a part of extended camaraderie, people pour a glass of drink for each other.

And…Here’s a quick parting tip for you, when in doubt, always take the lead of the local. It not only helps you in enjoying the customs of the place you’re visiting but, it also helps you in making friends with the locals. Besides it is advantageous to learn to toast like the natives, it might earn you additional brownie points with your new friends!

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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Stocking Up Your Bar For That Amazing Party?

It’s that time of the year when the festivities from the previous year follow the way to a new year. While it is fun to host a party, it can be a rather daunting task too, especially if you do not have a plan of action in place. Do you find yourself to be in that worrisome state of being disorganised and not knowing where to begin?
You needn’t sweat over it because we, the good samaritans, are here, to share some useful tips with you so you can throw that amazing party.

The List

Remember, everything begins with a list! Jot down all the details such as the date of the party, time, place, guests, etc.
As you prepare a guest list, it is important to keep in mind the choice of drinks & food which your guests would prefer to have. You wouldn’t want to run out of alcohol or food in the middle of a party, especially since you’re the host!

Booze

Once you’ve decided on the food menu, make a list of the kinds of alcohol you would need to buy and their quantity.

The next question popping in your head must be ‘how many drinks per guest and how frequently should you serve’. The safe advice here would be to serve two drinks in the first hour & subsequently moving on to one per hour after that. (Please note that this is a piece of general advice and not an immutable rule!)

Here’s your checklist

-Beer

-Whisky

-Tequila

-Vodka

-Gin

-Wine (Red/White)

Decide whether you would want to serve cocktails too and if so, list them.

Mixers

Here go the magic words, make a list!

-Soda water

-Tonic water

-Bottled water

-Juices (Fresh or bottled)

Another important point which must not be overlooked, would there be teetotallers? If yes, keep a list of non-alcoholic beverages (including mocktails) you’d be serving.

Drink Garnishes

The standard-

-Lemon

-Lime

-Oranges

-Olives

-Cherries

-Cranberries

-Pineapples

-Celery

-Fresh herbs

Let’s Chill!

Stock up on ample amount of ice (approximately 1 pound per person) and keep ice bucket handy with half-ice & half-cold water. If your budget allows, you could also get creative with different & fancy ice-tray shapes.

What’s In A Glass?

Keep the alcohol glassware ready. Again, if it’s an informal get-together or you’re on a budget, feel free to skip the fancy glassware and keep it simple.

Bar Equipment

Here you get a chance to practice & show off your great bartending skills! For a budget party, no fancy stuff is required, and even the most basic ones would solve the purpose.

Additional Tips

Here’s another tip you might want to inscribe on your mind –

Full bars require a bigger budget and a huge variety of liquors.  If you’re planning a party on a budget, it is advisable to keep lesser booze variety and to restrict the number of cocktails served. As an example, create only two signature cocktails instead of many, eg, vodka martini & cosmopolitan. Another great example is Punch’, which is a great money saving option too. You could also use create smart mixes to save few bucks.

Food

Please do not forget to order food!

Additionally, you must never drink on an empty stomach. Remember to eat while you drink as it slows down the absorption of alcohol.

Music

No party is complete without the right kind of beats to dance to!

 

Quick Cocktail Recipes

Vodka Martini

 Ingredients

  • 3 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce dry vermouth
  • Olives
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish & serve.

Cosmopolitan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/4 fluid ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 fluid ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 fluid ounce cranberry juice
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish & serve.

EndNote: We told you that have you covered on this one, and here’s wishing you many more amazing parties!

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Classic Brandy Cocktails

As we’ve stepped into a new year, the misty cold seems to be the flavour of this season. Another flavour to watch out for this season is the taste of ever-faithful and delicious brandy. And although there isn’t a wrong season to pick out a good old brandy, it becomes a perfectly enjoyable alcoholic drink even more so in winters.

For the novices, the word ‘brandy’ is derived from the Dutch word brandewijn, which translates to burnt wine. Brandy is the distilled alcoholic drink made from wine or a fermented fruit mash. The rich-fruity tasting alcoholic beverage is often drunk up straight, it is also mixed as an ingredient in cocktails.

In this article, we bring you a list of cocktails made with boldly boozy brandy.

Brandy Alexander

 

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 This sweet & creamy cocktail is a popular choice as an after-dinner cocktail. Originally made with gin as ‘Alexander’, this cocktail got rechristened as ‘Brandy Alexander’ in 1922.

Ingredients

 1 oz. Cognac or Brandy

1 oz. Crème de Cacao

Splash half & half cream optional

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

Directions

 Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister. Thoroughly blend ingredients and pour into a chilled house speciality glass. Garnish with a dusting of grated nutmeg.

 

Champs-Elysees

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Recipe Source: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/11/champs-elysees-cocktails-recipe.html

This classic cocktail gives you a taste of fine Parisian elegance. The recipe first appeared in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac
  • 1/2 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

 

Club Cocktail Brandy

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Recipe Source: https://www.thespruceeats.com/club-cocktail-recipe-759423

The recipe of this tropical cocktail first appeared in ‘Just Cocktails’ by W.C. Whitfield’s in 1939. The tropical taste of pineapple with brandy is a thing that makes this cocktail stand out.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce pineapple juice
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • Garnish: lemon peel
  • Garnish: strawberry

Directions

 Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  • Shake well.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon peel and strawberry.

 

Wisconsin Brandy Old-Fashioned

  

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Nothing beats brandy prepared the old-fashioned Wisconsin way! Do you know a special thing about it? Well, it was first showcased at the Chicago’s Columbian Exhibition ages ago in 1893.

Ingredients 

  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 orange slice (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 Maraschino cherries or brandied cherries (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 oz brandy
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Sprite, 7-up, Squirt, sour mix, or seltzer (as desired to top off the drink)

Directions 

  • Place the sugar, bitters, orange slice, and cherries in an Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add a splash of water. Muddle*, being careful to avoid the orange rind, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the brandy and a couple of ice cubes. Stir.
  • Top the drink off with your choice of soda, sour mix, or seltzer.
  • Garnish with a skewered orange slice and cherry, if desired.

 

French 125

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Recipe Source: https://www.nightclub.com/operations/classic-brandy-cocktails-perfect-for-winter-nights

Trust the French to do things utterly stylishly & deliciously, this cocktail stands as a proof of it.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Cognac
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 4-6 oz. chilled brut Champagne

Directions

  • Pour Cognac, lemon juice and simple syrup into an iced mixing glass.
  • Shake vigorously and strain contents into a chilled Champagne flute.
  • Fill with chilled brut Champagne and garnish with a lemon twist spiral.

 

Before the winters slowly yet gradually fade away and the doors of Spring are sprung open, try out these amazing cocktails in this beautiful weather. Cocktail lovers, it’s time to bring out your finest brandy because the winters are here to stay, well, at least for a while!

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