While most people are down to drinking a glass of wine anytime, not all wine drinkers love the sweet-sour taste of wines.
Should the taste deter you from drinking wine? We don’t think it should. As much as wine is a distinct alcohol of repute, you can always switch up the taste to favour your palate.
Here are five (5) simple hacks to change the taste of your wine for the better:
Soda is always welcome
Adding soda to your wine gives it a semi-sangria feeling and makes it taste better. Make sure both the soda and the red wine are of the same quantity, pour on ice and garnish with a slice of lemon.
Pineapple has magic
A glass of white wine rose wine, or sparkling wine can benefit a great deal from the addition of pineapples. Cut your pineapple into triangular chunks and add them to your glass of wine for that extra hint of sweetness.
You can enjoy your glass of white wine with a twist of lemon by adding equal parts lemonade and wine in a glass over ice. Garnish it with a wedge of lemon for the extra citrusy feeling.
Use the Freezer
Have you ever tried freezing your wine? That is a whole new level of enjoying wine. Simply pour your wine into an ice cube tray, add 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and freeze. Once it’s frozen, you have for yourself a beautiful wine-y dessert to tell your friends about. Don’t shy away from garnishing with citrus or another fruit of your choice.
Bring in the blender
Wines generally taste better when they are well aerated. So where you do not own a traditional wine aerator, bring in the blender. Pour your bottle’s content into a blender, and turn it on. let it blend for a minute or two, then serve. Your wine will come out tasting better than before.
A bartender interview, like every other job interview, is generally challenging and a lot goes into acing the tests and giving the right answers thrown at you.
What is even more daunting for bartenders is that you may be required to show off your skills on the spot, as well as ace the questions you will be asked.
While writing a good CV and researching the position will go a long way in acing a bartender interview, just like most interviews, the key is to prepare ahead for the questions that you’ll likely be asked.
For your benefit, here are a few tips on how to get that bartender job you applied for.
Your personality matters
Bars, clubs, lounges, restaurants and everywhere else there is a bar and drinks to be served is a hospitality business – that is one crucial fact about the industry. As such, your employer will only look forward to hiring someone with a likeable personality. You must prove to him that you can be comfortable and cheerful around customers and colleagues as this is important to the nature of the business. As you settle into the chair offered you by your interviewer(s), ensure to look relaxed, positive, composed with a welcoming smile spread across your face.
Look keen for the job
Showing up for an interview without a printed copy of your CV shows a lack of desire for the job. Always bring a copy of your CV, cover letter and letters of recommendation (if required). Also, carry a small jotter and a pen with you to take down notes. This tells your employer that you are keen on the job and eager to learn.
Know your recipe
What kind of bartender will your employer think you are if you do not have a good knowledge of some popular cocktail recipes? A good knowledge of the most common recipe in your area will get you ahead in your interview. You also have to be prepared to make one or two cocktails as your interviewer may want to test your skill and speed in shaking up a cocktail.
As a bartender, one chief responsibility is to determine when a customer has had enough to drink and the ability to handle such situations. No bar, lounge or club wants to be hooked on the story of a customer being involved in an alcohol-related accident after leaving their establishment. So you see, this particular skill is life-saving per say.
To cut someone who has drank enough off, you can either
Appeal to their friends (people are more likely to listen to their friend).
Tell the customer honestly, but nicely, that you think they’ve had enough
Being a public place with booze going around, there is always the tendency for a crisis to occur. Proving to your potential employer that you can get on top such situations without smearing the integrity of the bar will surely get you closer to your job.
On chaotic bar night
Some nights sales are slow, other nights, customers throng in and everything becomes chaotic. Your ability to take multiple orders on a crowded night will put you in good light with your interviewer. So be ready to tell them the best way to take orders without mixing it up, and at the same time getting the drinks ready speedily. Chipping in previous experiences where you excelled in such situations is highly advisable here.
There are a lot more that comes into nailing a bartender interview, but the basic is simply self-presentation and smart answers to questions asked.
Below are some questions that you might likely be asked during a bartender interview:
Tell us about yourself – Always be prepared for this question in all interviews.
What are your strengths and weaknesses – Brag about your strengths, but always make sure your weaknesses do not flaw you totally, but comes with a bit of an advantage.
Tell me about a difficult customer you had to handle and what you did to resolve the situation? – Your ability to handle a crisis is what your interviewer wants to know here.
If you caught another bartender stealing, what would you do? – Bar owners do not want people who steal from them. This is a test of your character and honesty.
If a customer said his drink wasn’t strong enough, what would you do? – Brag about your ability to relate well to customers, even when they have a complaint.
What is the best way to make a Sex on the Beach (or any other cocktail)? – This is a test of your mixologist skills and most especially your attention to hygiene.
Life hacks are those simply creative things we do to make living easy – drinking hacks make drinking way easier and bring life to your party.
Pulling off a hack when you and your friends meet up for a drinkathon can immediately give you the Black Panther title among them.
We have selected five(5) hacks that you can use to step up your drinking experience.
The Disposable Cooler
This hack involves using a waste bag inside a beer or soda case (not a crate) – you can also use a TV case or something of the like. Put some ice into it along with your drinks. Voila! You have yourself a disposable cooler.
Nails & Hammer
So you have a bottle of wine in front of you but there is to wine opener in sight? Two small nails and a hammer can do the job of lifting the cork for you. Simply use your thumb to drive the nails into the cork, then use the end of a hammerhead meant for removing nails to pull out the nail along with the cork.
The Ice Cooler
Some drinks release the best flavours when chilled. So what do you do when you have a drink to chill, but can’t wait 20-25 minutes on a freezer to do the work? Fill a bucket with ice and add just enough water to fill the cracks in that ice. Add salt to the mixture (this lowers the freezing point and let it become super-cold water). Go ahead and rotate your bottle or can of soda, beer, bottled water, or wine for about 2 minutes or more, and your cold drink is ready.
Is your open champagne or sparkling wine running out of fizz? Fear not! Simply add a raisin in your glass and wait a few minutes will save it from going flat.
Wines taste best when you aerate the flavours. No wonder wine glasses are specially shaped to allow the flavours breath and direct them to the nose and palate. To get the best out of your wine (where there is no expensive wine aerator), pour your wine in a blender, blend it for 30 seconds, and settle to savour the best wine tasting experience yet.
It’s International Women’s Day and a lot of Nigerian women will be celebrating with a glass or two of their favourite drink.
In the 80’s and 90’s, our mothers joined our dads to drink beer, especially Guinness stout. But today’s woman is delving into new types of alcohol.
From Baileys to Amarula, Magnum to Strawberry Lips, cream liqueurs is every Nigerian woman’s temptation. There is something between the warmth of the spirit and the sweetness of the cream that resonates with women. You’ll find women having a cream liqueur whether at a wedding, on a date or just relaxing at home.
Be it a still rose wine, a sparkling rose wine or a rose champagne, the pink colour and lovely fruity notes of rose are in sync with the palate of most Nigerian women.
“I am not really particular about brands, but so long it is a rose and it is pink, I am drinking,” said Yewane Rwang-Dung in a recent interview with Spirit Magazine. That is just how much the rose wine has sunk into the DNA of Nigerian women.
Sweet Red Wine
Carlo Rossi Sweet Red and Thomas Barton Merlot are among the favourite choices. Sandeman Port Ruby is also another highly rated wine among Nigerian women. The choice of this has to do with the sweet palate of Nigerian women, and of course, the romantic tendencies that come with red wine.
“Flavoured vodka gives the opportunity to explore with different tastes,” said Funmi, a lady we met at a bar. Flavoured vodka makes for an amazing base for most cocktails, and that is something Nigerian women are certainly in love with.
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.
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.
It’s a Friday night and if you are considering going on a bar crawl this weekend, then maybe you should do a check up on some of your bar etiquette.
Whether you are the type who will approach the bartender to fix you a drink or the one who will lounge out in your seat and wait for the waitress to come take your order, there are some things you will need to get right.
No arguments, most of us have all gotten it wrong at some point, but it’s okay as we may not have had any idea we were doing it all so wrong.
So here are 10 things you might be doing wrong each time you walk into a bar/lounge:
10. Take in the bar scene
Whether you are a regular or a new customer, when you walk into a bar, take a moment or two to take in what is going on. Is the bar crowded? Is it a special night? Is there a silent disco night going on? Where is the best possible place to sit? This will allow you to understand what is going on, and know how best to approach the bartender or waitresses.
9. Getting attended to
When you finally get to the bar or get seated, never court attention by any rude means. If at the bar, wait till the bartender is free if he/she is busy before speaking. If you have taken a seat already, a waitress will surely approach you to take your order, so there is ABSOLUTELY no need to WHISTLE, SNAP YOUR FINGER, WAVE OR YELL ANNOYINGLY.
8. Be Ready to Order
The bar is a busy joint just like every other business place, so it is annoying for either the bartender or the waitress to approach you and it turns out that you don’t have what to order in mind already. Usually, the standard bars will serve you a menu once you are seated, while the waiter waits or comes back after you have made up your mind. In any case where you are waiting for somebody to show up before making an order, be polite enough to tell the waitress once you are approached the first time.
7. Know what to order
Nothing impresses a waitress or bartender more than knowing exactly what you want served you. “Please can you get me a glass of Carlo Rossi White, and the lady will have a Sex on the Beach Cocktail. Kindly squeeze in some fresh lime in the wine if you have, Thank you.” – that will surely get the waitress geared up to serve you better, knowing you know what you want.
However, if you are bit confused, bartenders and waitresses are trained to offer advice in making the right choice off the menu. So rather than say, “Bring whatever you have”, be honest enough to ask for help in making your choice. They will gladly help.
6. Relating with the bartender or waitress
When relating with the bartender or waitress, always remember that they are offering you service so it is best to be nice, even things get mixed up. Smile, maintain eye contact and speak politely. Where there is a mix up in your order, it is normal to be upset, but it is not enough to yell or scream at them. THEY ARE NOT YOUR SLAVES, so don’t go about causing a nuisance to yourself and other customers at the bar.
As a man, it is normal to be attracted to a female bartender or waitress. No crime in that. But some bar policies discourage their workers from exchanging contact details with customers, and you have to respect that. In any case, if she is willing to give you her contact, she will. But if she says no, respect her decision and turn attention to the liquid in the glass.
5. Socializing with other guests
People come to the bar for various reasons – to chill out from work stress, on dates with potential mates or significant others, to have an alone time in public, and to simply get drunk (not that we advise that). If a fellow guest is not open to talk to you, it is best to not to distract them. If they are up for a discussion, flow with them bu never get into any argument even if you both have different opinions over who should start the game or which political party did well.
If you intend to send a drink over to someone, ensure the bartender or waitress asks them first if they are fine with it. If you are sharing a table with them, politely ask if they can join you for your plate of pepper soup or grilled fish.
4. When Drinking…
Ensure that you are served with the right cups – whisky in a whisky glass, and beer in a mug or tall beer glass. Sip, do not gulp – you are not in a high school drinking competition. Never drink beer straight from the bottle. Often times, beer is served in the bottle with an empty glass, which lets you control how much you pour and the head on the beer.
When drinking a cocktail, the only inedible thing you should leave in the glass is the straw: swizzle sticks and tiny papaer umbrellas should be place on the table mat. You are free to eat the garnish if you so desire.
Always go through your bill carefully before paying to avoid any misunderstanding. If you are a bit tipsy, it is best to have your friend or date do a re-check. Whether you are paying with cash or with your credit card, always have either ready so as not to waste any time.
Tipping the waitress or the bartender is not a must, but it is essential that you do. They earn below the minimum wage mostly, and won’t mind a little extra cash to help them enjoy their job as they do it. You are sure to always get a warm smile and better service when next you visit if your tip is a healthy one.
1. Time to go
It is normal to relax a bit before hitting the road once you are done with your drink and food, if you ordered any. However, if the bar is full and other guests are trooping in, it is best to get up and leave. If you are leaving immediately after paying, say “thank you” to the waitress or bartender and goodnight to fellow guests if you were in discussion with them.
If you had a nice time at the bar, always do well to visit again.
Getting an oily body massage is as healthy as it is stress-relieving, but it is not advisable to hit the massage table the morning after drinking.
Massages leave you dehydrated, which is why the masseuse offers a glass of water after a session. Thus getting a massage when the alcohol in your body is already making you thirsty is not a safe bet.
So why is getting a massage after drinking alcohol bad?
According to Dennis Frymire, a therapist at Massage Envy in Chicago, “Massage moves fluids in the body.”
“If you are dehydrated, that is only going to heighten the feeling of dehydration after.”
This means that getting a massage after drinking will only intensify any symptom of being hungover that might surface.
“I will have someone come in, and they will say that they have been drinking the night before and that they are hung over,” he said.
“You may feel great during the massage, but it may heighten your feelings of being hung over after the massage,” Frymire said.
Especially steer clear of something like a deep-tissue massage.
“After you get a deep-tissue massage, there’s always a bit of muscle soreness,” he said. “That’s natural.”
However, if you were intoxicated the night before, the soreness will only feel worse.
So as much as a massage is worth having, do well not to fill your body with booze few hours before it. Just like massages, drinking should be an enjoyable activity. You do not want to walk away with an uncomfortable experience after.
Never forget that moderate drinking will help your body get the best benefits from the liquor you are drinking.
Drinking cognac is a wonderful experience with all the rich, spiced flavours of the eaux-de-vie gracing your palate for that amazing mouthfeel. No wonder it is considered one of the world’s finest alcohol beverages.
Considering that cognac is a premium brandy, respect should be given to the drink especially as regards how it is consumed. However, many of us make the mistake of drinking cognac out of the wrong glass, which does no good for the flavours released when we pour.
For cognac purists, there are only two types of glasses you should drink cognac out of – a ‘Tulip Glass,’ or a ‘Balloon Snifter.’
The Tulip glass is widely heralded as the king of cognac glasses. It is a long, bell-like wine glass which allows the aromas to concentrate on the surface of the cognac.
The design of the tulip creates a maximum surface area for the cognac, and at the same time directs the flavours and bouquet upwards towards the nose. The creates a maximum impact on the senses as the aromas are concentrated, giving you a better drinking experience.
The tulip comes with a long stem that extends up to a wide bowl. The bowl is curved inward then flares slightly at the rim – creating a mental picture of the flower from which the glass derives its name. It is typically used for drinking XO cognacs and other vintage cognacs.
Balloon Glass or Snifter
This also known as the Brandy Ballon or the Brandy Snifter. It is the traditional glass used in drinking all types of brandy, including cognac. The balloon is of two types – the classic (large) balloon and the regular (small) balloon.
The regular balloon is used for non-vintage cognacs while the classic balloon is used for vintage cognacs. The classic balloon has more space to accentuate the deep flavours of the cognac.
The balloon has a short stem and a wide bowl that narrows as it extends to the rim. This accentuates the flavours of the cognac. However, the effects are to a lesser degree than those experienced with the tulip glass.
The Wobble glass is a 21st century re-designed regular snifter. It is a trendy looking glass that comes without a stem. As such, they can’t be put down, forcing you to hold the cognac in your hand and bring it to temperature with the warmth of your palms.
The warmth further releases the intense flavours of the cognac, making it hit the nose pleasantly with every sip.
So which glass is the best?
For Cognac experts and purists, the tulip glass is most prefered. It is believed that the glass catches the aroma perfectly while letting it aerate sufficiently.
The snifter is, however, most popular among the regular cognac drinking crowd. In addition, the snifter has an elegant design that speaks of old-fashioned style and is sync with the elegance of the drink.
The most important thing, though, is to use a glass that will allow the liquor breathe freely, while also directing the aromas upwards to the nose.
With the proliferation mixed drinks and cocktails, it is permitted to use any other type of glass that matches your mixer. You can use tall or short glasses, martini glasses, or rock glasses.
For improvisational purposes, you can always use a regular wine glass with a rim that narrows upwards. Although, for the best cognac tasting experience, we would advise you get a set of tulip glasses or snifters.
The fact that you are a whiskey drinker already says a lot about your personality. However, the choice of the whiskey you drink adds a definitive edge to what people think of you.
Since the 1440’s when whiskey first came into prominence, it has defined the tastes of men and even given the world something extra to judge about.
All whiskeys are tasty and offer different characteristics according to how and where it is made. But the adventurous, fun-loving guy will always choose a different whiskey from the traditional, classy gentleman.
Whiskeys, unlike cognacs, can be made from anywhere in the world. However, our list will only focus on the more popular whiskey variations.
Here is what your whiskey really says about your personality
Scotch is the most popular whisky type in the world. To be called a Scotch, the whisky must be distilled in Scotland from Scottish ingredients. Also, Scotch has to be aged for at least three years in old Bourbon casks. Whisky experts rank the Single Malt Scotch whisky among the best whiskies in the world.
What scotch says about you
When you order a bottle of Scotch whiskey, other guests at the bar or restaurant immediately see a man who is steeped in traditions and loves to come off as classic. The bartender is probably thinking you are one who does not want to be disturbed in his belief in how a man should act. You are likely someone who loves to do mow the lawn to relax or you are just that introverted fellow who still loves to stick to old popular traditions. If that sounds like you, go ahead and order your bottle of Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker today.
Irish whiskeys do not only come with the ‘e’ in spelling, they also come with a lot less peat than their Scottish cousins. The Irish love their whiskey a lot less smoky and a whole lot smoother in the finish.
What Irish whiskey says about you
Ordering a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey or Bushmills Whiskey will get the girl across the bar thinking “this must an easy-going, laid back and charismatic fellow.” However, at the same time, it is possible for you to go from 0 – 100 degrees; from a cool demeanour to a hot-tempered bloke. In all, we are comforted by your cool side, and the fact that you love to be original – a little different from the norm.
The Americans came up with the name bourbon, and it has unmistakeably differentiated their whiskey from both Scotch and Irish. To be named a straight bourbon, it must be made from 51% corn mash, and be aged for at least two years in new oak barrels. Bourbons are great cocktails due to their rich, deep notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla.
What bourbon says about you
Ordering a bourbon immediately tells that you are a lively person. You are proud of your achievements and the standards you have set for yourself are impeccable. While you love to be in your own world, you are not shy of socialising and mixing with others even out of your class. You love to show forth your light like Jim Beam, and you have a side of you that goes off the top like Wild Turkey.
Japanese Whisky is significantly the new kid on the block when it comes to countries that make premium whisky brands. Despite being new, Japanese whisky has a luxurious reputation – in some quarters, there are gossips that Japanese whisky has eclipsed Scotch as the world’s number one whisky.
What Japanese whisky says about you
You are elegant, classy and a person of style. You love the luxurious lifestyle and are adventurous enough to go skydiving. Your taste in life is always new just like the rising sun, and you are not just at home in your own world – you run it. If you were a fruit in a tree, you’d be at the very top. Why? Because you are a rare, enigmatic person, and the bartender will feel lucky to serve you a bottle of Yamazaki or Nikka – it all depends on your order.
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