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Looking for a Drinking Game? Try Body Shots

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Doing body shots is a true party turn on. It takes ordinary drinking into a more intense, alcohol-filled party.

The beauty of the game is that it can be played by just two. So if you are the type who does not love wild parties or the hopeless romantic, you can still get turned up playing body shots with your lover at home.

Tequila is the traditional drink used for most body shots, but there is no crime in shooting away with vodka if tequila is not available. You can as well replace salt with lemon or sugar too.

How to play

Get a pair of dice, paper, a pen and, of course, your preferred liquor. Write down six (it can be more than that) body parts and assign numbers to them on a piece of paper. Also, write down how each shot will be taken on a particular, like a lick or a suck.

To play, take turns to roll the dice. One dice determines where on the body the shot will be taken and the second determines how it’ll be taken. Take one the papers to see where you will be taking your shot from, and how to take your shot.

For the beginners

All you will need is a shot glass, a partner, a lime wedge and some coarse salt. Give the lime wedge to your partner, who should hold the rind between his or her teeth with the flesh pointing outward. Sprinkle some salt on the area of your partner’s exposed skin where you will be taking the shot from. Traditionally, it’s either the belly button or the area where the shoulder and neck meet.

Fill your shot glass with liquor and drink it. Quickly lick the salt off your partner’s skin, then grab the lime wedge from your partner’s mouth and suck the juice from it. If you manage not to bump heads or miss the salt, you’ve completed your body shot.

For advanced players

For this variant of the body shot, do away with the shot glass. You will be drinking your liquor straight off your partner’s body. Have your partner lie on a flat surface (traditionally a  bar; you can also use a bed or table if you don’t have a bar at home). Set up the salt and lime wedge as in the first variant, then pour some liquor into a concave part of his/her body. This is traditionally the belly button, but it could also be the small of the back. Drink up the liquor, lick up the salt and grab the lime wedge.

In some instances, the shot glass is placed on an area of the body, and the other player has to drink up using only his mouth – no hands.

Note

Body shots help to break the ice with someone you are just meeting. However, be sure that your partner has totally agreed to play the game, and has not been pressurized.

We are not giving out relationship advice, but for those looking to spice up their sex lives in their relationship, playing body shot with your significant other sets the pace to spark up the romance.

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Top 8 Celebrities Who Own Alcohol Brands

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The drinks industry holds an allure for some celebrities considering it supports their lifestyle in many aspects – whether film stars, music artists or models.

Champagnes and alcoholic cocktails are a regular feature during award nights, while some spirit drinks are part of the creative rituals of most celebrities. While some celebrities are brand ambassadors, others have moved up the ladder to actually become owners of alcohol brands.

For some reasons, certain celebrities are investing in the booze industry and the list has been growing.

Here is a list of 8 celebrities that own alcohol brands:

Sean “Diddy” Combs

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Diddy’s deal with Ciroc back in 2007 resulted in the popularity of the now famous premium vodka brand Ciroc. Diddy secured a 50-50 share in profits, with a veto on which stores were to sell the grape-distilled vodka. From the $100m franchise that Ciroc had become, Diddy went on to create DeLeon Tequila in 2014, still in partnership with Diageo.

Jay-Z

Jay-Z plunge into the drinks industry did not come by accident. The rapper, who doubles as an entrepreneur purchased the premium champagne brand, Armand de Brignac (“Ace of Spades”) from Sovereign Brands back in 2014 for the sole reason of it being his favourite champagne.

Drake

Drake has mesmerised the hip-hop culture over the years. However, the allure of the spirit industry still attracted the Canadian rapper. In 2016, the Drake teamed up with spirit mogul Brent Hocking to launch a fancy, luxury whiskey called Virginia Black Decadent American Whiskey. The whiskey was targeted to exploit the bourbon market with an easy to drink 80-proof booze.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

In 2012, the celebrity couple (now divorced) purchased the French estate of Chateau Miraval. The land came with a vineyard which inspired the couple to launch Miraval Wines, selling its first 6,000 bottles in five hours. That success led to more productions, and while their rosé is the market leader, they also make two whites and a red.

George Clooney

Tequilas were known for their severe hangovers till George Clooney and ex-bar and nightclub owner Rande Gerber teamed up to Casamigos Tequila. The brand went on to become one of the highest selling tequila brands in the world. Spirits giant Diageo were attracted by that success and bought Clooney and Gerber’s tequila for a whopping $1 billion in 2017.

Justin Timberlake

Justin is certainly a lover of singing, dancing, and TEQUILA. In 2014, the native of Memphis, Tennessee partnered with tequila brand Sauza to launch the Sauza 901 – 901 standing for the area code of his hometown. Prior to Sauza 901, Timberlake had launched his own tequila brand in 2009. The tequila which was in partnership with Mexico-based Tequilera Newton distillery was awarded first place at a spirits competition in San Francisco by 2012.

Channing Tatum

Channing was inspired to create his Born and Bred Vodka brand in 2016 while on a vodka taste test with a friend. In partnership with Idaho-based Grand Teton Distillery, Tatum created a $25-a-bottle vodka made from glacial water and Idaho potatoes.

Adam Levine and Sammy Hagar

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar had played around with the idea of mixing tequila and mescal back in 2015. The result of that hybrid was tasty enough to inspire “the world’s first mezquila,” as Levine and Hagar describe their $45-a-bottle Santos Mezquila.

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Bacardi Takes Over Patrón Tequila in $5.1 Billion Deal

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Global spirits producer, Bacardi is set to acquire ultra-premium Tequila brand Patrón in a deal worth $5.1 billion.
The acquisition automatically becomes the most expensive deal involving a spirits brand, eclipsing the Diageo / Casamigos deal by $4.1bn.
Popular for its rum, Bacardi has held a 25 per cent stake in Patrón Spirits International AG for nearly 10 years. The Bermuda-based company now intends to take over full ownership of the brand, with plans for a widespread distribution globally as the market for premium tequila grows rapidly.
The Wall Street Journal reports that both companies are expected to make an official announcement on as early as Monday as regards the transaction.

The Patrón brand was founded in 1989 by Californian entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products.

The brand launched at an outrageous price of $37 a bottle, blazing the trail for the ultra-premium tequila range. Since then, it has grown to become the industry’s leader, with $1.6 billion in sales in the US in 2016, as reported by Euromonitor. Patrón produces over 36 million bottles of Tequila a year.

“We started this business more than a quarter century ago with a singular mission – to create an ultra-premium, luxury Tequila,” DeJoria said.

“Today, with that continued commitment to quality, we produce more than three million cases of distilled spirits annually that are enjoyed around the world,” he added.

“Patrón and Bacardi were both founded on the principles of quality, integrity, and innovation, and driven by a sense of fearlessness – it’s in our DNA,” said Facundo L. Bacardi, chairman of Bacardi Limited.

“It has been a privilege being a partner for a number of years with a remarkable entrepreneur like John Paul DeJoria. His vision, integrity, and courage are responsible for introducing the world to perfect Tequila.

“As we move forward together, we will continue to pursue perfection as the guiding light in everything Patrón stands for,” he added.

Despite the takeover by Bacardi, the Patrón CEO Edward Brown, COO David R. Wilson, and CMO Lee Applbaum, will continue in their roles. DeJoria will serve as an ambassador for Patrón in the role of chairman emeritus.

Bacardi, owners of Grey Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin and Martini sparkling wines, is still controlled by its founding family. Mahesh Madhavan took over as CEO last October to run the company’s daily operations.

The growth of Patrón in the last 27 years has been pivotal in changing the perception of Tequila. The drink was once considered as a cheap drink to do shots with, it is now floated as a sipping spirit for tasteful drinkers.

With music stars like Bruno Mars and P Diddy name-checking Patrón in songs and Tom Cruise famously ordering it post car crash in the club scene in Vanilla Sky, it is a testament of how well the premium offering of the brand has grown respect for tequila.

Today, Patrón is the world’s highest-selling ultra-premium Tequila brand. It accounts for 70% of sales in the category,  beating its nearest competitor in the US by eight-to-one with an annual production of 3 million cases.

Patrón tequila follows the centuries old tahona process in production. The rigorous method sees a stone wheel crush the blue weber agave fibers. The extracted juice is then fermented in pine casks.

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Know your spirit: Tequila vs Rum

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Tequila vs Rum Comparison

When the rains come pouring heavy from the skies, it is the custom of many men to engage a bottle or glass of spirit to stay warm and fight the cold.

Tequila and rum are two among the range of brands to choose from, making the whole drinking experience a lot more fun. Why? Because the time taken to decide on what to drink builds anticipation for the drink, which in turn makes the drink taste even better when served.

However, while we do enjoy the taste of our preferred spirit drink, many do not know the difference between rum and tequila.

So what is the difference between tequila and rum?

What is tequila?

Tequila is a spirit drink from Mexico. It is distilled from the fermented juices taken from the Blue Agave plants. The history of the drink can be traced back to the early 1800’s when the liquor was first produced in the Tequila Region, located in the state of Jalisco.

What is rum?

Rum is distilled from fermented molasses or sugar cane, and it is quite popular in Central and South America. It gets its name from saccharum, the Latin word for sugar. Its history dates back to the 17th century, when rum was first produced in the West Indies.

Production Process

How Rum is made

Rum is made from the tall grass popularly know as sugar cane. Either molasses or sugarcane juice are extracted from the plant, fermented, distilled and aged in oak barrels to make rum

Traditionally, the cane is cut close to the root where the concentration of sugar is highest, before the leafy top is lopped off. The cut cane is promptly transported to the mill where it is crushed in a machine to extract the sugar cane juice from the fibrous pulp. In some cases, the crushed fibre is burnt to provide heat for the distillation column.

Once the juice has been extracted, depending on the region, there are three processes that might follow:

  • The juice is immediately fermented and distilled to make rum. This kind of rum bears the vegetal characteristics of the cane. This practice is popular in the French West Indies (Martinique and Guadalupe).
  • Cook down and concentrate the sugar cane juice into a syrup. The syrup is either fermented and distilled or used as sweetening product. Fermented syrup is sure to bring out most of the characteristics of sugar cane juice, enabling distillation all year round, rather than just at the harvest.
  • The juice is made into molasses and crystallized sugar. The crystallized sugar is sold as a sweetening product, and the molasses can be fermented and distilled into rum. Most rums are distilled from molasses.

Fermentation

Water and yeast are added to the base liquid before the fermentation process begins. This process is referred to as natural fermentation. On the other end of it, the fermentation might involve tightly controlled laboratory-like conditions. Commercial production of rum makes use of both processes for an efficient and predictable rum.

The fermentation process sometimes takes just several hours, but it can also take up to a week or more depending on the desired effect.

Distillation

There is no standard process for the distillation of rum as compared to other spirits like whiskey, cognac and brandy. Distilling rum is quite a simple process nonetheless. The fermented liquor is heated in a sealed vessel to approximately 175 degrees Fahrenheit, evaporating the alcohols from the liquid. The alcohols are then re-condensed and collected, yielding the raw spirit.

The liquid is usually distilled using either pot stills or column stills. Pot stills produce a liquor with more congeners than column still, making the rum more rounded.

Blending and Aging

Rum is traditionally aged in bourbon casks, and the aging period can take up to a year. However, other wooden casks can be used as well as stainless steel tanks. The colour of the rum depends on what it was aged in. While rum aged in oak casks become dark, the ones aged in stainless steel tanks remain colourless.

After the aging process, the rum is blended to ensure a consistent taste. For light rums, there may be a filtration to remove any colour gained during aging. Meanwhile, caramel may be added to darker rums to balance the colour of the final product. Blending is usually the last stage of the rum-making process.

How Tequila is made

Tequila is made from blue agave plants. The piña of the agave plant is harvested manually using an extractor called “Jimador.” It takes about 17 pounds of Agave to produce 1 liter of 100% Agave Tequila, each weighing between 65 and 135 pounds.

Fermentation

To extract the agave juice, the piña hearts split open and steamed in large pressure cookers. The juice that flows out are collected in large steel vats for fermentation. Yeast is added to the juice and it is left to ferment for up to 12 hours or even several days. The duration of the fermentation process depends the amount of water and sugar in the piñas, the type of yeast used and the ambient temperature.

In order to speed up the fermentation process, , inoculum is sometimes added to the batch. The addition of inoculum makes the fermentation take approximately 20 hours to 3 days. Whereas, if inoculum is not added, it could take up to 7 days for proper fermenting to occur. The rate at which the liquid ferments affects the overall taste of the tequila.

Distillation

Tequila undergoes a double distillation process just like whiskey. After fermentation is done, the liquid undergoes the first distillation process also known as “deztrozamiento” or “smashing.” This process takes a couple hours and yields a liquid with an alcohol level of about 20% known as “ordinario.” It is then distilled again till a potent high-proof Tequila emerges from the still with an alcohol level near 55%.  The second distillation is known as “rectification,” and takes three to four hours. Some tequilas are distilled a third time, but this is not a frequent process.  After the second distillation the tequila is considered silver, or “blanco,” tequila.

Aging

French or American white oak barrels that have previously been used to age bourbon are used in aging tequila. Reposados are aged between two months to a year, Añejos are aged between one and three years and Extra Añejos are aged for over three years. All tequilas are colurless after distillation, but the longer the tequila ages, the more coluor and tannins the final product will have. The taste of the final product is also affected by the condition of the barrels (such as their age, previous use and if their interiors have been burnt or toasted).

Difference between Tequila and Rum

In spite of the fact that tequila and rum undergo similar production processes – fermentation, distillation and aging in old bourbon casks – both spirit drinks still have outstanding differences.

Tequila Rum
Tequila can only be produced in the city of Tequila, northwest of Guadalajara, in the central western Mexican state of Jalisco. Rum can be produced wherever sugar cane is grown.
There are three varieties of tequila. Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. Rum is typically classified as light, dark or flavored.
Tequila must be made up of at least 51 percent Agave, if not it is a mescal. Rum is made largely from the bye-product of sugar cane like molasses and sugar cane juice.
Popular in Mexico Popular in Central and South America
Tequila has a wild and dangerous side to it, though can be enjoyed in less formal situations, but never ends well if taken in high quantity. Rum comes with a carnival vibe, less sophistication in a black-tie, after-dinner setting.

 

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7 Secrets You Should Know About Tequila

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In four days we will be celebrating the Tequila Day, and people who love the drink the world over will get the fun out of lime, salt and shots of Tequila.

Tequila is a special drink from Mexico made from agave plants.It takes its name from a small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. It was called mezcal wine  before the coming of Europeans to Mexico.

Many names on labels today were the very first commercial producers of tequila. Jose Antonio Cuervo held the first license for manufacturing tequila, courtesy of the King of Spain. He was friends with Don Cenobio Sauza and Félix López, also producers of tequila, whose businesses continue in some form today.

The drink can be enjoyed straight like a good whisky, or mixed in cocktails. However, while you stretch out to enjoy your tequila on the 24th of July, here are a few secrets about the drink you should know:

What Tequila Really Means

Tequila is not just gotten from the name of a village, it has meaning that is somewhat linked to what it is made from. The name comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word which means “the place where plants are harvested,” or possibly “the place where a lot of work is done.”

Not all agave-based spirits are tequila

All tequilas must be made in the Mexican state of Jalisco and in some municipalities in Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. Any agave-based distilled spirit outside those regions are called “mezcal.”

How is Tequila made?

Tequila is made from the fructose-rich pina (heart) of the agave succulent, which resembles a pineapple. It is then roasted or steamed to release sugars for fermentation.The piñas are cut into similar-sized pieces, by hand, to ensure even baking. After that, they’re tossed into small brick ovens, where they’re slow steamed for 79 hours per oven. To get to the juice, the agave is crushed using two different methods to diversify flavors.

Tequila does NOT contain psychedelic properties

As against the 1950s claim by California residents that tequila contained psychedelic properties, the drink does not. They were merely confusing mezcal (which is what tequila is) with mescaline (which is the psychoactive alkaloid of the peyote plant).

Tequila also gets better with age

Just like wine, whiskey and cognac, tequila also gets better with age. When unopened, a bottled tequila can stay up to three years and still fresh on the palate.

Tequila has no worms

The claim of worms in tequila bottles started in the 1940s. A few brands started claimed that worms in tequila bottles acted as aphrodisiacs and had magical qualities as part of a marketing ploy. As you can guess, tequila does not have a worm in its bottle. The worm, or gusano, is associated with mezcal.

Tequila is equal to blue agave alone

All tequila is mezcal, but not all mezcal is tequila. Tequila can only be made from the blue agave, or agave tequilana, but mezcal can be made from over 30 varieties of agave. However, it does not have to be 100% agave. Many tequilas will advertise themselves as ‘100% Blue Agave,’ but the legal requirement is 51%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Amazing Margarita Cocktails

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The traditional Margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice, often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice. However, we’ve found that there are several ways that Margarita Cocktails can be made and enjoyed. Here are 5 Margarita Cocktail variations for you to try.

1. Fresh Mint Margarita

INGREDIENTS

HOW TO MIX

  • add lime juices and mint leaves to the old fashioned glass
  • crush lime juices, mint leaves with muddler
  • fill up the glass with ice
  • pour tequila, triple sec into the glass
  • stir together
  • garnish with mint leaves

2. Watermelon Margarita

 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • ¾ cups tequila
  • ¼ cups triple sec
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • ice

HOW TO MIX

  • add watermelon, tequila, sugar, lime juice, triple sec to the blender
  • blend together
  • add ice to the blender
  • blend together

3. Pink Margarita

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  • 2 parts tequila
  • ½ parts campari
  • ¾ parts lemon juice
  • ¾ parts honey
  • ice cubes

HOW TO MIX

  • add ice to the shaker
  • add tequila, lemon juice, honey, campari to the shaker
  • shake well
  • strain into the cocktail glass
  • garnish with lime slice and mint leaves

4. Blue Margarita

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  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 parts tequila
  • 1½ parts triple sec
  • 1½ parts lime juice
  • 1½ parts blue curacao
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ice cubes

HOW TO MIX

  • add ice to the shaker
  • add tequila, salt, sugar, lime juice, triple sec, blue curacao to the shaker
  • shake well
  • strain into the cocktail glass
  • garnish with lime wedges

5. Honeydew Margarita

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  • 1½ parts honeydew melon
  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1½ parts triple sec
  • 1 part lime juice
  • ¾ parts sugar syrup
  • ice cubes

HOW TO MIX

  • crush honeydew melon with blender
  • add ice to the shaker
  • add tequila, sugar syrup, lime juice, honeydew melon, triple sec to the shaker
  • shake well
  • strain into the cocktail glass
  • garnish with lime slice
Source – cocktailflow.com

 

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NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY!

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July 24th is National Tequila Day, so grab a lime and the salt to celebrate!

National Tequila day is a day dedicated to celebrating the amazing spirit and comes up on July 24th every year.

Tequila is made from the blue agave plants and has a rich history almost as wonderful as it tastes. Named after the small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico the spirit was known as mezcal wine about the time the conquistadors came to the continent.

Made from the blue agave plant, tequila has a deep and storied history. Named after the small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, the spirit was known as mezcal wine about the time the conquistadors came to the American continent.

Many names on labels today were the very first commercial producers of tequila. Jose Antonio Cuervo held the first license for manufacturing tequila, courtesy of the King of Spain. He was friends with Don Cenobio Sauza and Félix López, also producers of tequila, whose businesses continue in some form today.

Agave (the plant that tequila is made from) grows in a variety of forms.  Blue agave is grown in the highlands region, and is larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste.  Agave grown in the lowland regions have a more herbaceous fragrance and flavour. Like similar legislation for bourbon and cognac, Mexican law states tequila is only tequila if it is produced within Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.  If the same ingredients are distilled anywhere else, it’s not tequila. So if it is produced anywhere else, it’s not tequila.

While most people enjoy tequila cocktails such as the margarita , tequila sunrise and mojito, a good tequila can be savoured like a good whiskey. Tequila is a great drink and can be enjoyed in so many different ways, so make sure you have at least a shot of tequila to celebrate!

 

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13 Things You Never Knew About Tequila

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13 Amazing Tequila Facts.

Because we’re celebrating National Tequila day, here are 13 things you never knew about tequila! 

Tequila is one of the most misunderstood drinks, surrounded by years of myths and legends. We’re here to help you unravel the facts.

1. Tequila is plant based.

Sharp pointed agave plant leaves

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant or agave tequilana,  mainly sourced from around the Mexican city of Tequila in the state of Jalisco. According to WebMD, the core of the plant contains aguamiel or “honey water” which is used for syrup (and tequila) production.

2. Tequila Is Technically A Mezcal.

Mezcal-+-Cocktail

Tequila is technically a Mezcal, but Mezcal is not a tequila. the main difference between the two is the plant. All tequila must be produced using blue agave, whereas a variety of agave plants can be used to make a single mezcal batch.

 

3. The Machete Used To Chop Agave Leaves Is Called A “Coa”.

coa knife

A very unique type of machete is used to chop agave leaves. It is called a Coa and has circular blades.

4. The Men Who Use The Coa Are Called Jimadors.

coa machete

The men who wield the Coa are called Jimadors.

5.  The Agave Heart Is Used To Make Tequila.

agave heart

Tequila is made by removing the heart or piña, of the agave plant, which can weigh anywhere from 80 to 200 pounds when harvested. This heart is stripped of its leaves and then cooked to remove the sap, which is fermented and distilled.

6. Tequila Does NOT Contain Psychedelic Properties.

Hypnotic Nerd Eyes

In the 1950s, tequila experienced a surge in popularity after California residents mistakenly believed it to contain psychedelic properties. However, they were merely confusing mezcal (which is what tequila is) with mescaline (which is the psychoactive alkaloid of the peyote plant).

7. Tequila can be turned into the diamonds.

A diamond worker examining a piece of diamond.

Tequila is treasure! Physicists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico figured out a way to make artificial diamonds out of tequila. The synthetic diamonds are too small to be turned into jewellery, but they can be used for an array of electronic and industrial purposes.

8.  Tequila Aficionados Usually Don’t Do Shots.

shot glasses

Tequila aficionados usually sip tequila from a special tequila glass or brandy snifter. That way, the agave flavors and aromas can be properly enjoyed.

9. An Unopened Bottle Of Tequila Can Last For Years.

Take a Shot

Once you open a bottle, you should consume within one or two months before oxidization and evaporation lower the quality of the tequila and destroys the agave profile. So, you want to drink up within 3 to 6 months, at which point it becomes more like a bourbon.

10. Some Tequila Is Still Made Using Ancient Techniques.

tequila ancient

Some premium tequilas, use the “Tahona” process in which a 2-ton volcanic stone wheel slowly crushes the shredded, cooked agave. The agave juice and fibers are then placed in pine wood casks for fermentation. During the next step, distillation, the fermented “mosto” (or basic liquid) is distilled once with the agave fiber, then again without. Then it is fine filtered and balanced to produce tequila.

11. To Be Called Tequila, It Must Be Produced In Mexico.

tequila mexico

Just as true champagne must hail from France, true tequila must come from Mexico, mainly in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. The states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas are also acceptable.

12. Real Tequila Doesn’t Have A Worm In It.

gusano rojo liquor

Having a worm crawling around the bottom of a bottle of tequila actually originated with tequila’s “lower-quality” cousin, mezcal , largely as a marketing ploy. The gusano is the larvae of a type of moth that lives on the agave plant.

13. There Are Different Kinds of Tequila

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According to Tequila.net, the main types of tequila are split into two categories: 100% Blue Agave, and Tequila Mixto (Mixed). These, in turn, are then divided into five types of Tequila: Tequila Silver – Blanco – Plata – White – Platinum; Tequila Gold – Joven – Oro; Tequila Reposado; Tequila Añejo (extra aged); and Tequila Extra Añejo (extra, extra aged).

 

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Valentines’ Cocktails

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Nigerian Valentines’ Day Cocktail Recipe #1: The Agave Kiss

Valentine’s day cocktails!

As Valentines’ Day is fast approaching, we at Drinks.ng thought we would share a few romantic cocktail recipes with you!!!

Today’s favourite is the Agave Kiss

As Tequila is rarely included in creamy cocktails the Agave kiss is therefore unique in form and taste; mixed with chocolate, raspberry liqueurs and double cream shaken together to create a dreamy kiss!!!

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of Tequila
  • 1 ounce of crème de cacao
  • 1 ounce of double cream
  • ½ ounce of Chambord
  • White chocolate flakes (to be placed around the rim of the glass)
  • Fresh raspberries (to be used as a garnish)

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  2. Shake the ingredients for 15 seconds
  3. Pour the mixture into a frosted cocktail glass which has been rimmed with white chocolate flakes, serve with fresh raspberries

For more cocktail recipes and our comprehensive selection of spirits and liqueurs see our website: Drinks.ng

 

Valentines’ Day Recipe #2: The Axis Kiss

The tangy zest of blackcurrants married with the sweet and distinctive almond flavour of Amaretto, topped up with ‘fizz’; creates the perfect Valentines’ Day Champagne cocktail!

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • A half measure of Amaretto
  • A half measure of Crème de Cassis
  • Chilled Champagne of your choice

Preparation

  1. Pour the Amaretto and Crème de Cassis into a Champagne Flute
  2. Gently top with the Champagne of your choice
  3. Enjoy!!!

#Tip: You can make the cocktail sweeter by adding larger measures of Amaretto or Crème de Cassis

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Valentines’ Day Cocktail #3: Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s secret is a sophisticated Champagne cocktail and my personal favourite; this violet coloured cocktail comprises a luxurious mix of citrus, violets and Champagne- the epitome of romance this Valentine’s day!

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • A half measure of Napoleon Orange Brandy
  • A half measure of violet liqueur
  • Topped up with the Champagne of your choice
  • 1 fresh raspberry

Preparation:

  1. Place a raspberry in the bottom of the Champagne flute
  2. Pour the Napoleon Orange Brandy into a Champagne Flute
  3. Pour the Violet Liqueur into a Champagne flute
  4. Top up with your favourite Champagne
  5. Enjoy

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Valentines’ Cocktail #4: Blushing Geisha

This sensuous cocktail is a heady mix of tropical fruit and floral bouquets making it ideal as Valentines’ Day cocktail with aphrodisiac properties. Ignite your Valentines’ passion with a Blushing Geisha.

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of TY KU Citrus Liqueur
  • I ounce of Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 ounces of Sence Rose Nectar
  • Crushed ice
  • Lime wedge

Preparation:

  • Place some crushed ice into a glass
  • Pour the TY KU citrus Liqueur into a glass
  • Pour the Sence Rose Nectar into the glass
  • Pour the pomegranate juice into the glass
  • Stir the ingredients ensuring that the liquids have mixed together
  • Garnish with a slice of lime
  • Enjoy!!

This cocktail contains very little alcohol and is therefore perfect for those of you who don’t often drink- or simply substitute the TY KU liqueur for some citrus juice to make a virgin cocktail!

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Valentines’ Day Cocktail #5: Amarula & Eve

This yummy desert cocktail comprises a sensuous fusion of Amarula, citrus vodka and exotic fruit juice. The citrus flavours counteract the sweetness of the lychee and cream, igniting your lover’s taste buds and arousing their desire!

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of Amarula
  • ½ ounce of citrus vodka
  • 5 ounces of Lychee juice
  • ¾ ounces ruby red grapefruit juice

Preparation:

  1. Add the Amarula to a frosted Glass
  2. Add the Citrus Vodka to the glass
  3. Add the Lychee juice to the glass
  4. Stir the ingredients well
  5. Add some crushed ice
  6. Garnish with a lychee (where possible)
  7. Enjoy!!!

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Valentines’ Cocktail #6: Bésa mi or the Kiss me

The Bésa mi is the perfect Valentines’ Day Cocktail made with the hedonistic Agavero Tequila blended, with essence of the Blue Agave plant native to Mexico and infused with extracts of the Damiana flower known for its powerful aphrodisiac qualities! Make your Valentines’ day one to remember with a Bésa mi!

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of Agavero Tequila
  • 2 ounces of passion fruit juice
  • 1 measure of Chambord
  • 6 Raspberries
  • 2 lime wedges
  • Ice

Preparation:

  1. Muddle the lime wedges and the raspberries together in a frosted glass
  2. Add the Agavero Tequila to a cocktail shaker
  3. Top with passion fruit juice
  4. Add the Chambord to the mixture
  5. Shake well
  6. Strain and Pour into the glass with the limes and raspberries
  7. Enjoy!

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Valentines’ Day Cocktail #7 The Cherub’s Cup

This celestial cocktail boasts bold citrus flavours blended with Pink Champagne or Rosé Prosecco and infused with the sharpness of juniper berries. A divine cocktail destined to tantalize the taste buds and make your Valentines’ Day sizzle!!!

Preparation Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 1 measure of Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 measures of Citrus Vodka or Hendricks Gin (dependant upon preference)
  • 1 measure of fresh lemon juice
  • Top with Pink Champagne or Sparkling Rosé Prosecco
  • 6 strawberries
  • Ice

Preparation:

  1. Muddle 4 of the strawberries in a frosted glass
  2. Add the Germain Elderflower Liqueur to a cocktail shaker
  3. Add the Citrus Vodka or Hendricks Gin
  4. Add the Lemon juice
  5. Shake the mixture
  6. Drain and pour into the glass containing the muddled strawberries
  7. Top with Pink Champagne or Rosé Prosecco
  8. Add some ice
  9. Slice the remaining 2 strawberries to garnish the cocktail
  10. Enjoy!!

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Valentines’ Day Cocktail #8: The Blushing Lady

The Blushing lady is a delightful flirty blend of tropical fruit flavours juxtaposing the sweet with the sour to create a melange of flavour sensations to delight the palette of your loved one!

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 ounce pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 Lemon Wedge
  • Ice
  • Mint leaves to garnish
  • Coarse sugar to rim the glass

Preparation:

  1. Rub a wedge of lemon around the rim of a martini glass
  2. Dip the edge of the glass into the plate of coarse sugar
  3. Pour the PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur into a cocktail shaker
  4. Pour the Vodka into a cocktail shaker
  5. Pour the pink grapefruit juice into the cocktail shaker
  6. Place the ice in the cocktail shaker
  7. Shake vigorously and strain the mixture into the martini glass
  8. Garnish with mint leaves
  9. Enjoy!!!

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Valentines’ day Cocktail #9: Clementine Crush

A medley of aromatic ginger, zesty orange and bold tropical fruit such as pineapple, lime and passion fruit are fused together in this invigorating cocktail! Liven up your Valentines’ Day with this tangfastic creation!!!

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • ½ tea spoon of fresh chopped ginger
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup (comprised of 2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
  • 1 ¼ ounces of Svedka Clementine Vodka
  • ½ ounce of Cointreau Orange Liqueur
  • 1 ½ ounces of pineapple juice
  • 3 limes
  • ½ ounces of passion fruit juice
  • 1 clementine to garnish
  • Crushed ice

Preparation:

  1. Chop the ginger
  2. Muddle the ginger and the syrup in a frosted glass
  3. Add some crushed ice to the mixture
  4. Add the Svedka Clementine Vodka to a cocktail shaker
  5. Add the Cointreau to the cocktail shaker
  6. Add the pineapple juice to the cocktail shaker
  7. Juice the limes and add the juice to the cocktail shaker
  8. Shake well
  9. Pour into the frosted glass
  10. Garnish with clementine segments
  11. Enjoy!!

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Valentines’ day Cocktail #10: The Valentines’ PAMA Pomegranate Kiss

The warming embrace of White Chocolate liqueur infused with the sensuous flavour of pomegranate renowned for its aphrodisiac and virility properties combine to create a heady experience for you and your loved one.

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail (double to the measures to yield 2 cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce of PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1 ounce White Chocolate Liqueur
  • ½ ounce simple syrup (comprised of 2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
  • Ice
  • Pomegranate seeds (where possible) to garnish

Preparation:

  1. Add the PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur to a cocktail shaker
  2. Add the Vodka to the cocktail shaker
  3. Add the White Chocolate Liqueur to the cocktail shaker
  4. Add the simple syrup to the cocktail shaker
  5. Add the ice to the cocktail shaker
  6. Shake Vigorously
  7. Strain and pour into a frosted glass
  8. Garnish with pomegranate seeds
  9. Enjoy!!!

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