The margarita is a cocktail drink that is made using tequila. There are quite a variety of margarita drinks and mostly all of them differ in the fruits being used. The use of fruits gives the margarita its color and flavor. The watermelon cucumber margarita is another margarita concoction that is gaining popularity all over as it is both refreshing and enjoyable to drink. In fact, the watermelon cucumber margarita makes the perfect drink on any warm day, perfect during summer time or any day for that matter. If you love the traditional lime margarita, you will definitely have your kicks with the watermelon cucumber margarita and this is how to make a margarita drink.
The Vodka Martini
The Vodka Martini is another variation of the widely popular drink martini. However, instead of using gin as the primary alcoholic spirit, it makes use of vodka which is both colorless and odorless, thus enhancing the flavors given to it. The vodka martini is more popular than anyone can imagine as the martini that the popular fictional spy character, James Bond actually orders is a vodka martini. His preference of shaken not stirred is befitting of vodka as vodka does not bruise when shaken like gin does.
The vodka martini is popular around the world as not only James Bond prefers the drink, but also celebrities like the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the singer/actor Frank Sinatra also drank the martini. This further epitomizes that the martini is a unisex drink and is made not only for a particular gender.
The Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule was invented in 1941 by John Martin. This cocktail is very popular as it is uniquely served in copper mugs. The popularity of this drink spread as the drink is quite refreshing thanks to its spicy ginger flavor.
The thing about the Moscow mule is that it helped popularize three items – vodka, ginger beer, and copper mug. Back then, the three were not exactly an easy sell. John Martin had trouble selling his ginger beer and his friend how made copper mugs also had trouble selling them. Vodka was also just introduced stateside back then and was not very popular as it lacked many essences. It was the ingenuity of John Martin that helped him make the three become sellable. Since the Moscow mule needed only vodka, ginger beer, a copper mug, and a little lime wedge, he helped create a very refreshing cocktail drink that many people still enjoy today.
Brandy is a spirit type of alcoholic beverage and is essentially made by distilling wine. The etymology of brandy comes from the Dutch word brandewjin which means ‘burned wine.’ The reason for this is meaning is that the wine goes through a distillation process in order to make the alcoholic spirit that we now know as brandy. Brandies are quite popular all over the world. Most brandies released in the market have 80 proof rating.
There are three brandy versions – grape brandy, pomace brandy, and fruit brandy. The grape type of brandy is made through the distillation of wine. The pomace type of brandy makes use of leftover seeds, pulps, skin, and stems from the making of wine. The fruit type of brandy is made through the adding of fruits to form different flavors.
When making the alcoholic spirit brandy, the distillation part is very important. The use of slow distillation process enables the brandymaker to squeeze out the aromatic flavors and other essential elements from the raw ingredients being distilled. Although the process of making brandy is different with each distilling company, the slower process of distilling is often followed so that they are able to get most of the aroma and flavor from their raw materials.
Fermentation, distillation, aging, and blending are the different processes involved in the making of brandy.
Fermentation – this is the fermenting of the raw ingredients, the process in which sugar is converted by yeast into alcohol.
Distillation – the process in which the juice from the fermentation process gets distilled to release the spirit of the fermented juice.
Aging – once distilled, the distillate gets stored in oak barrels for a span of time, depending on the type or quality of brandy the distiller chooses it to be. The temperature and aging time determines the overall outcome of the brandy.
Blending – this is the production process wherein the final product is blended to taste before being bottled and released to the thirsty public.
There are many types of brandy currently available in the market. Brandy is available in both affordable and crazily expensive prices, with the most expensive belonging to the cognac type of brandy. Cognac is a particular type of brandy that belongs to the more costly ones. There are different distillers to this list and the quality of their products is rated based on how long they have been aged.
Tequila is a spirit type of alcoholic beverage and is essentially made using the plant called blue agave or Agave tequilana that is found in Mexico. Ethnic Mexicans have used the agave plant many centuries even before the Spanish have arrived. They use it not just for food and fabrics, but also in the making of the alcoholic spirit we have all come to know as tequila. The tequila alcoholic spirit is made primarily using the blue gave only.
When making tequila, distillers harvest blue agaves that are around 6-10 years old. When the agaves are harvested, their tough rinds are removed to expose the inner part. These are then chopped down into smaller pieces and are then subjected to steam cooking. Once steamed, they produce a sweet nectar which is then extracted from the fibers. This agave nectar gets fermented to produce alcohol. Once the fermented juice gets to about 5 percent alcohol, the liquid goes into distillation process wherein the liquid gets distilled twice or more to form the alcoholic spirit known as tequila.
There are four classifications of tequila – blanco, joven, reposado, and anejo.
Blanco (Silver) – this type of tequila is possibly the most common type. It comes is clear liquid. The aging of blanco tequila is around 60 days. Poorly-made blancos can give instant brain seizures. Well-made ones give off a peppery finish with the aroma and flavor of agave still present.
Joven (Gold) – this is the type of tequila often released to foreign markets. Joven is basically a blanco but with additives. Joven has a golden-like coloring which is achieved through the adding of caramel additives. The caramel additive helps reduce the harshness of the tequila that you usually find in blancos. The resulting effect of the additive however leads to getting hangovers.
Reposado (Rested) – these are tequilas that are aged for more than 60 days. Finer quality are agend in oak barrels for up to 11 months. Well-made reposados will have a lot of agave flavor but with a much smoother finish. The color of reposado tequilas will have come from their aging in oak barrels. Darker reposados are aged longer than lighter reposados.
Anejo (Aged) – these are tequilas that are aged for 2 to 6 years in wooden barrels. Despite being aged, they still possess the hot finish tequilas are known for, albeit a much smoother finish. Anejo tequilas are like the cognac of brandies.