Enhance Your Cocktail with Fruit, Spices and More!

Variety is the spice of life, and a variety of items, including fruits, spices and so much more can be added to drinks for a more enhanced, balanced flavor. We all know about your typical strawberry garnishing a strawberry daiquiri and coconut or pineapple garnishing a pina colada, but have you ever considered grilling pineapple or lemon for a great …

Different Kinds of Scotch

The first written records of scotch whiskey production were discovered in Scotland in 1495. Since then, Scottish distilleries have perfected whiskey production to an art. The basic difference between single malt and blended scotch is the distillation process. Single malt whiskey is produced in a single distillery, creating what many would consider its infamously enjoyable earthy flavor. This process is …

The Interesting History of Prohibition

The 18th Amendment – what we refer to as Prohibition – banned the manufacture, transport and sale of liquor from 1920-1933. Basically, it was created to diminish alcoholism, family violence and saloon-based political corruption. “Whaaaat?” you say. Oh yes, and this is how it all went down… In the Colonial period, the sale of liquor to Indians was illegal and …

The History of Tequila

Myth: Tequila with a worm is a more premium liquor. Truth: Only mescal is ever sold with a worm, which is by the way, not permitted by the alcohol regulatory agency. Adding a worm is actually a marketing ploy. The truth is that the worm is actually a larvae form of the moth that lives in the agave plant, and …

The Origins of Brandy

Brandy, made by distilling wine, has been enjoyed for many hundreds of years. Cognac, the most well-known variety of brandy, is thought best served at room temperature in a snifter after dinner. Brandy is also commonly used for making sauces and to flavor soups. An additional purpose for brandy is to briefly set certain dishes – such as cherries jubilee …

To the Rich History of Vodka…Nostrovia!

It all began 8,000 years ago in Babylon, Armenia and Georgia (Russia that is!). However, the fermentation process at that time only produced about 14% alcohol content. The first historical record of distillation, which produced a higher alcohol content, was in ancient Greece – in approximately 200AD. Around 700 years later, in the 8th Century…almost the 9th Century, the Persians …

A Toast to American Spirit

Served neat, with water, over ice or mixed with soda, bourbon whiskey isn’t just for that old guy smoking a cigar anymore. There’s a “bourbon boom,” and it is catching among a younger, hipper crowd…and $8 billion in global sales proves it. Bourbon is used in cooking, and it’s the main ingredient in a variety of cocktail favorites, including a …

Wine throughout History

Wine, with countless varieties and flavors to suit any palate or accompany any cuisine, has become a favorite beverage all over the world. While there are no written records of its origin, it is believed that wine has been around since some of the earliest settlements of man. There are some things we do know. The oldest winery known was …

One Man’s Garbage Is Another Man’s Gold

Sugar was first produced by crushing sugarcane, boiling the juices, and then leaving the boiled syrup to cure in clay pots. Liquid (known today as molasses) would seep out of the pots and then sugar would be left behind. At that time – the 17th Century – sugarcane farmers couldn’t give molasses away and disposal actually became a problem until …