Monday, March 11, 2013

Stocking the Home Bar -- Part II

Hello All,

    How did the week start? Was it thrilling or still facing the Monday morning blues? Well, the trouble with my web server doesn’t seem to go away. So my day ain’t any thrilling. Anyhow, another quick post today, on how to stock the Home Bar. Before reading the article any further, head on to my previous post here, on what spirits are needed in a Home Bar.

Once you have decided upon the spirits that are a must in your bar, now lets have a look at other essentials that are needed to make the perfect Home Bar. So, today, let us focus on Liqueurs. A Liqueur is basically a sweet spirit used as a flavoring agent  in making cocktails and recipes. Wikipedia puts it this way:

A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage made from distilled alcohol that has been flavored with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers or nuts and bottled with added sugar. Liqueurs are typically quite sweet; they are usually not aged for long but may have resting periods during their production to allow flavors to marry.

What liqueurs to store?

The answer ain’t so simple. For someone like me, who loves chocolate, a chocolate liqueur is a must. Examples include Ashanti Gold, Mozart
Finest Scotch
Black, Royal Mint-Chocolate Liqueur. They will make wonderful cocktails when mixed with Black Dog Reserve / Black Dog Deluxe. (Stay tuned for a few recipes).

For someone who loves his scotch the following liqueurs look good

  • Eblana, which has a flavor of coffee, honey, almond, peanut
  • Glayva, which reminds you of Seville oranges, herbs, and honey
  • Orangerie which goes well which citrus based / spicy scotch.

Other good liqueurs include
  • Rock and rye usually mixed with American Whiskey
  • Bloody Oath and Kajmir for fans of Vodka

What are your favorite liqueurs? I have actually no idea about fruit based liqueurs. Do suggest some of them for me and my readers.  

Wishing you sweet dreams
Abhishek Boniapalli

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