“I love scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch.”
Feeling the need to switch it up from your go-to sauvy b? Getting bored of the vodka-soda life? Whiskey is here to help you level up your bar game. It’s made in countries across the world and available in a variety of delish types, from Scotch to Bourbon, Tennessee to Irish. (Thirsty yet?) While each classification can be further distilled by grain, cask, and aging process, sometimes you gotta start with the basics, like these six major kinds. Figure out your fave, then order one on the rocks and sip like a pro.
From playful twists on prestigious brands to avant-garde new infusions, these brand new premium spirits have arrived just in time to stir up your summertime cocktail hour.
Aged Scotch whisky brand, Royal Salute, is a aristocratic heritage brand: This “king of whisky” was first created commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, and the signature 21 Year Old Scotch whisky pays homage to the 21 gun salute of her coronation. Yet despite its tie to tradition, Royal Salute isn’t afraid of a bit of modernization and creative innovation. For the first time since the brand’s founding, two new whiskies are being added to the 21 Year Old range, including The Malts Blend.
These light, refreshing cocktails just scream summer.
When it comes to bar planning for your wedding, the choices can seem endless—especially when you’re looking at different spirit options. But for summer weddings, there’s no spirit more refreshing than gin, in our opinion. Consider serving these gin cocktail recipes at your own summertime celebration!
Think of this as your summer wedding trend alert: Gin is becoming more and more popular as a summer cocktail base because it is totally customizable and incredibly thirst-quenching. And as an even bigger bonus, it’s light and low in calories, so it’ll leave your guests feeling refreshed—not too full before dinner is even served.
If you’re looking for the perfect signature drink to capture the flavors and feeling of summertime, these gorgeous gin cocktail recipes are definitely for you. Cheers!
In 2018, the flavored gin subcategory experienced a 78 percent volume sales increase globally, according to IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.
Of course, by definition, all gins can be described as flavored spirits. Typically juniper-forward, the distillate traditionally sees a neutral spirit infused with fistfuls of botanicals to provide a complex, nuanced beverage.
But the emerging subcategory of infused gins reimagines which ingredients can be used to flavor the increasingly popular spirit. Ideal for summer sipping, the category is rich in options, ranging from fruity to floral to herbaceous and earthy to sweet.
From bottles that are ideal for fruit-forward spritzes, to floral infusions perfect for modern twists on classic cocktails, here are six of our favorite flavored gins, tasted and ranked. See the best flavored gins now! Continue at Source: 6 of the Best Flavored Gins, Tasted and Ranked (2019) | VinePair
Irish whiskey is one of the fastest growing categories of brown spirits, with distilleries new and old releasing expressions every year that experiment with cask finishes and mash bills. But these days Irish whiskey still isn’t known as a go-to cocktail component.
When most people think of cocktails featuring Irish whiskey, Irish Coffee and the unfortunately named Irish Car Bomb are usually the only things that come to mind. Continue at Source: The Absolute Best Irish Whiskey Distilleries To Visit In Dublin
A cocktail is only as good as the spirits that are in it. With these, you’ll have the best Boulavardier on the boulevard.
Move over Scotch, Summer ’19 is for drinking Japanese whisky.
In recent years, the global enthusiasm for Japanese whisky has exploded. This is at least partly due to the fact that whisky expert Jim Murray named a Japanese whisky as the best in the world back in 2015 (Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013). But Murray was only confirming what others knew: Japan makes some really exceptional whisky that every fan of the brown stuff ought to learn to appreciate. In fact, these expressions have grown so popular that right now there’s an all-out panic over shortages.
As with various Scotch brands and some bourbons, the shortage talk is probably more smoke than fire. For now at least, you can still find delicious, well-made, reasonably priced Japanese whiskies at your local liquor store. Hold onto your highballs, folks, you’re in for a treat. Continue at Source: The Best Japanese Whiskies You Can Actually Buy In The US
For anyone on team “No Way Rosé,” the Aperol Spritz is the true drink of summer. Ah, summer. School’s out, work’s slow, summer Fridays have kicked in, and the days are blissfully long and warm. It’s never too early for a drink, and it absolutely must be al fresco. While some might have declared summer the official season of rosé, we beg to differ: summertime is the season of the Aperol Spritz. The iconic orange libation has its origins in Padua, a region outside Venice, Italy. Its main ingredient Aperol, the Italian aperitif made with gentian, rhubarb, cinchona, and other ingredients, happens to be celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Back in the ’30s, the Aperol Spritz started becoming popular as an alternative to the classic Venetian mix of white wine and soda. In recent years, the drink—a longtime mainstay in Europe—has caught on with Americans, first because it’s a good drink (not an alcoholic Capri Sun, despite what some might say) and also in part thanks to some aggressive marketing by Campari, Aperol’s parent company. Continue at Source: 10 Best Places to Drink Aperol Spritzes This Summer
Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a drink if you want one. Check out these simple cocktails to help you cut down on calories.
Though cocktails are definitely a source of empty calories, watching your weight shouldn’t mean forgoing drinking in moderation.
Here are a few cocktails that are relatively low in calories. Continue at Source: 10 cocktails that cut down on calories
Most people either hate or love Negronis. Here are some interesting things you didn’t know about the popular gin-based cocktail.
The Negroni is said to have been created about 100 years ago and this simple cocktail has since become a staple drink at many bars around the world.
The classic alcoholic beverage is typically made with Campari (an alcoholic spirit infused with bitter herbs, aromatic plants, and fruit), sweet vermouth (a flavored white wine), and gin. It’s typically garnished with a twist of orange peel. Continue at Source: 7 things you didn’t know about the Negroni