Spirits

Classic Liqueurs: Chartreuse

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Nothing plays up a good story and gets people intrigued like a “secret” recipe handed down for centuries by monks living in the mountains. In the foothills of the Alps in Eastern France, Carthusian Monks have been making Chartreuse for hundreds of years. In long white hooded robes, two brothers carry out the mysterious duties of making and distilling the drink for the world… (more…)

Classic Liqueurs: Jagermeister

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When Jagermeister was launched in 1935, never in a million years would anyone have predicted it to become as popular with English speaking North Americans decades later. With over 50 herbs and spices, it is one of the most complex liqueurs and drinks around, being used in everything from cocktails to marinades to Jager bomb shots. (more…)

Classic Liqueurs: Baileys

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From a simple glass on the rocks with dessert, Irish Car Bombs, to summertime blended drinks, Baileys has been the top cream liqueur since its release over 40 years ago. But, like so many other great drinks, its use is not just limited to behind the bar. (more…)

Classic Liqueurs: Kahlua

KAHLUA

The original coffee liqueur, Kahlua has enjoyed a spot on bars and in liquor cabinets the world over for nearly a century now. An absolute “must have” for every bar, this drink has earned the title of classic liqueur, being used in many old school cocktails, recipes, and even chocolates. But, there’s more to this Mexican booze than you think. (more…)

Classic Spirits: Scotch

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Scotch, just like its French counterpart Cognac, has a long history of being an expensive drink for stuffy old men with accents. I’m sure we all like sitting by the fire reading Charles Dickens with a drink but with 5 regions and over 500 years of history, not much has changed for this legendary spirit from Scotland… or has it?   (more…)

Classic Spirits: Gin

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Gin – it certainly isn’t for everyone. Much like the comedy of Jim Carrey, eating cold pizza, or horror movies from the 80s, with Gin you either love it or hate it. This classic spirit has its roots in England and the UK, but today its made all over the world. So, what’s all the fuss about? (more…)

Classic Spirits: Cognac

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For hundreds of years, Cognac has been known as the top drink for rich people all over the world. This world class French spirit has been talked about, rapped about, written about, and drank by all those who can afford it. But, isn’t it just brandy? (more…)

Classic Spirits: Bourbon

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Back in the bad old days of American colonization, hordes of immigrants from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the like piled onto the shores of North America. Being from Northern Europe, too cold for grape growing, they took they whisky heritage with them. Putting their own spin on it, these new Americans created what today is known as Bourbon. (more…)

Classic Spirits: Rum

RUM

There is nothing better than a good pirate story, and everyone knows you can’t have a pirate story without rum in it. For hundreds of years, rum and pirates have been so closely associated it’s hard to imagine one without the other. Made famous in such drinks like the Mojito and Daiquiri, but Rum is so much more… (more…)

Classic Spirits: Vodka

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For years, vodka sat on the bottom shelves of liquor cabinets and store shelves, passed over as anything and everything else was picked over. Fast forward to today, where vodka is one of the hottest spirits around, with every flavour imaginable being thrown into it. There is even a big market for pure, high end versions. But, where does it come from?
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