It’s a Very Sangria Summer

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There is just something about unwinding with a refreshing cocktail in the hot summer months. Whether you are soaking up the sun while enjoying a good book or making a splash in the pool, the best way to cool off is with sangria. Sangria is a light and refreshing cocktail that typically includes a wine base, fresh fruit, and a mix of juices to create a drink so tasty you’ll forget it has alcohol. Sangria can be made with red or white wine. This creative cocktail is great for those who don’t consider themselves wine drinkers. When you’re looking for your next favorite summer cocktail, consider the classic yet versatile sangria.

Sangria History

It is believed that the concept of sangria originated more than 2,000 years ago when the Romans were expanding their reach and planting vineyards along the way. Water wasn’t safe to drink at the time, so it was often fortified with wine, spices, and herbs. The earliest version we are most familiar with was made in England and France in the 1800s. In the United States, sangria was popularized after its formal arrival at the 1965 World’s Fair in New York. Sangria is often associated with Spain but tends to be a more popular drink for tourists than natives.

Selecting Your Wine

The best part about making sangria is that the possibilities are truly endless. You’ll want to start by selecting your wine. A bold, fruity, dry wine is ideal, as is a crisp white wine. Since you can add numerous ingredients to a sangria, you can choose any affordable bottle of wine. Your wine selection should make up the bulk of your sangria.

Add Liquor

Many sangria recipes call for adding a bit of liquor to enhance the flavor. If you are working with red wine, brandy or rum will pair well with the flavor profiles of the wine. If you are working with white wine, a silver rum can work well, as can vodka. You should have one-part liquor to 2-3 parts of wine, depending on how strong you want your sangria to be.

Sweetener

Sangria cocktails tend to be on the sweeter side. This is achieved through the addition of fruit, as well as a sweetener. This could be brown sugar, cane sugar, or simple syrup. All you need to make simple syrup is equal parts sugar and hot water. This simple solution is a great additive to sangria, mojitos, and flavored margaritas. If you want to keep the sugar amount low, you can substitute agave nectar. You can also add citrus soda and other mixers to balance out the liquor and wine.

Fruit

You can’t go wrong when it comes to your fruit selection. Berries such as blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries make a perfect addition to a red wine sangria. Citrus fruit such as oranges and limes, as well as peaches, and grapes work well with white wine. You can even add mint when you want to add another layer of refreshment.

Experiment and Enjoy

There is no wrong way to create a sangria. If you add too much of one ingredient, you can compensate with another. Payless Liquor is a one-stop shop for all your ingredient needs. We can help you create the perfect sangria for your tastes. Stop into our store or use our convenient pickup-order form and we’ll have all you need ready to go.

New Twists on Summer’s Best Drink: Margaritas

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Margaritas are a great summer drink that is approachable to all kinds of drinkers. Margaritas are one of the most commonly ordered summer beverages. They are light, refreshing, and never go out of style. Whether you are looking for the perfect cocktail to serve at your next get-together, or you want to treat yourself after a long day working in the backyard, a margarita is always a great answer. Whether you want to keep it classic or experiment with something new, a margarita is always the perfect option for the long days of summer.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Making a margarita is quite simple. Margaritas are so famous that it is common to find premixed options at your local liquor store. These are great options for quick, on-the-go cocktails, but you have little control over the measurements of alcohol to mixer. If you want to make your own margaritas, ingredients you’ll typically require include:

  • Tequila
  • Triple Sec
  • Limes
  • Margarita salt
  • Ice
  • Margarita mix or your favorite type of sour
  • Optional: fruit purees, jalapenos, flavored salts, and a blender

Classic Margarita

There is nothing wrong with sticking to a great classic. If you want to make your classic margarita at home, follow these few simple steps:

  • First rim your glass with a thin layer of lime juice. Turn your glass upside down and delicately tip in your salt until you get the desired coating. There must be no other water or moisture in the glass. This can ruin your salt, or make it difficult for the salt to stick.
  • Fill with ice
  • Add 1.5 ounces of tequila
  • Add ¾ ounces of triple sec
  • Top with margarita mix
  • You can use a shaker to mix well or build the cocktail in a different glass than the one you have salted.
  • Squeeze in lime and enjoy!

If you prefer your margarita blended instead of on the rocks, you’ll want to top it off with more ice after adding your ingredients before putting it into the mixer. Mix until it blends smoothly. Be sure to remove any limes before blending.

Experiment With Flavor

Flavored margaritas allow for endless possibilities when it comes to new ways to enjoy a classic margarita. Some of the best flavors to try include:

  • Mango
  • Passion fruit
  • Blueberry
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry

There are a variety of different purees available on the market, including all-natural or artificial. All you need to do is follow the classic margarita recipe but add in your puree. How much you add is entirely up to you. It is suggested to start at a ½ ounce and build from there. Just remember to give it a good shake before enjoying it!

Experiment With Heat

Nothing beats a spicy margarita. It creates a next-level cocktail that is sure to impress. You can use jalapeno, or habaneros if you want a kick. You can purchase extracts or use fresh peppers. You’ll follow the same classic recipe, adding your desired level of spice. You can even add your fruit purees as well. A mango-habanero margarita is a burst of flavor your taste buds are sure to love.

Get Your Ingredients Today!

Summer is the perfect time to sip on a margarita. It is sure to be a party favorite and makes for a nice, refreshing beverage to unwind with. Stop into Payless Liquors to pick up your supplies or use our pickup form and we’ll have your order ready for you.

 

 

 

 

 

A Guide to Cachaca

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Summer is the perfect time to experiment with different liquors to create the perfect drink for sipping in the hot sun. When people think of summer refreshments, cocktails made with tequila or rum tend to come to mind. This summer, however, you’ll want to add another refreshing liquor to your stock. This liquor is cachaca. Cachaca is known as the spirit of Brazil and will make a great addition to your home selection.

What Is Cachaca?

Just as tequila is unique to Mexico, cachaca can only be produced in Brazil by law. It is a spicy, sweet, and fruity clear liquor that is distilled from fermented sugarcane juice. There are over 3,000 legal distillers that produce cachaca, but it is also produced across the country by smaller, family-owned distillers. Many historians credit cachaca as Latin America’s first distilled beverage.

When cachaca first started making waves in the U.S., it was easier for marketers to sell it as a Brazilian rum. This ultimately ended up creating more confusion because cachaca’s flavor profile and distilling process are significantly different. It wasn’t until 2013 that the Brazilian and U.S. governments agreed that cachaca would be clearly labeled for what it is, dropping the word rum.

Cachaca vs. Rum

Rum is typically created using sugar by-products such as molasses. Rum is also aged in sherry or bourbon barrels. Rum is known to have a sweeter taste on the tongue, which is why it makes for a great summer cocktail base. Cachaca, on the other hand, is made with freshly-pressed sugar cane juice. Cachaca is either rested in a steel vat and bottled immediately or stored in barrels made with wood native to Brazil such as Brazil nut, zebrawood, Brazilian amburana, balsam, teak, and more. Flavor can vary, depending on the distilling process and if the cachaca was stored in wooden barrels.

Types of Cachaca

Cachaca is classified by color. There are two main types of classification:

  • Also referred to as white, silver, classic, or traditional, this type of cachaca is unaged and rested in a steel vat before bottling. If it is stored in a wooden barrel, the storing process doesn’t affect the color, and it doesn’t exceed one year.
  • This cachaca is yellow in appearance due to the aging process. To fall under this category, the cachaca has to be aged for at least one year.

How to Enjoy Cachaca

There are several different ways to enjoy cachaca. If you are purchasing a top-shelf option, these are best enjoyed neat or on the rocks. It also makes for an excellent shot when you want something simple that can go down smooth. You can also try the caipirinha, which is the country’s national drink. All you need is cachaca, lime, and sugar. If the flavor is too intense, you can add a light layer of soda water or sprite.

Give It a Try

Cachaca is a refreshing, unique liquor that is sure to impress. At Payless Liquors, we are proud to carry this brand. Ask for it by name next time you stop in or use our convenient pickup form.

 

 

 

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Top Poolside Summer Cocktails

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As the temperatures begin to rise, it is about time to hit the store for new floaties, pool snacks – and yes, cocktail ingredients. There are so many different cocktail recipes to try that it can be a bit overwhelming, but in order to have the most relaxing summer possible, skip the hassle and stick with easy-to-make, few ingredient cocktail recipes that will get you spending your summer how you deserve. Check out these fun and easy recipes!

1. Blender-less Frozen Margarita

There is nothing better than sipping your favorite cocktail with your feet dangling in the water, but it is not always easy to keep your drink cold once you are relaxing in the summer rays. This is why some pre-drink prepping can be your best friend on extra sweaty days. If you are looking to enjoy an icy cold drink without the hassle of making a mess in your kitchen and dirtying up a bunch of dishware, try a blender-less frozen margarita.

Ingredients: In order to make this cocktail a reality, all you will need is 2 oz of your favorite tequila, 2 oz of a juice of your juice (strawberry and mango juice work nicely), 1oz lime juice, 1 oz agave syrup, .5 oz of water, and salt.

Recipe:

  • Step One: Use a glass to combine all of the ingredients except the salt. Stir thoroughly.
  • Step Two: Pour the drink into a sealable freezer bag, and ensure that as much air is out of the bag as possible.
  • Step Three: Place the bag in the freezer. Try to make it as flat as possible.
  • Step Four: Leave in the freezer for about 2-3 hours or until slushie. Be careful that the ingredients do not fully freeze otherwise you will not be able to pour the drink out.
  • Step Five: Rim a glass with salt and pour in the ingredients to enjoy a nice slushie beverage.

2. Vodka Spritzer

Not everyone is a fan of wine, but just because wine isn’t your go-to doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious beverage with all the perks of sparkling sangria. A vodka spritzer is an easy and delicious drink perfect for the poolside.

Ingredients: All you will need is your favorite vodka, soda water, cranberry juice, simple syrup, fresh strawberries, and fresh lemons. Try experimenting with different ingredient combinations in order to find the perfect ratio for you. This also allows you to decide how much fun you would like to have.

Recipe:

  • Step One: Pre-wash and chop your strawberries and lemons. You can use however many you desire.
  • Step Two: Pour your fruit into a pitcher.
  • Step Three: Add the vodka, cranberry juice, and simple syrup into the pitcher, and let marinate with the fruit for at least 30 seconds. Don’t let marinate for longer than four hours.
  • Step Four: Add ice to a glass and pour in the mixture. Top with soda water and enjoy.

Pick Up Your Liquor Today

At Payless Liquors, we have a wide variety of liquor to satisfy all of your cocktail fancies. To get your perfect pool day started, use our online order form, or visit our store today.

Best Gifts for Father’s Day

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It’s almost time to celebrate dad, and you may be wondering just how you can let him know how special he is to you. Aside from watching football, grilling some hamburgers, and reminiscing around the bonfire, nothing says I love you like a few packs of beer or a bottle of his favorite liquor, and you’re in luck, we have just the wide range of selection to make his holiday one he will never forget.

Unsure of what he will like? Check out this list of some of our Father’s Day recommendations:

1. Founders Dirty Bastard

Looking to try something a little different with dad? Why not give Founders Dirty Bastard a go. This Michigan-crafted, scotch-style ale has scents of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrel, smoky sweet caramel, and roasted malts. Containing an ABV of 8.5%, you will be amazed at just how smooth this beer really is. This is no beer for the weak, making it perfect for a tough and proud guy like your dad.

2. BrewDog Hardcore IPA

For all the IPA loving dads in the world, BrewDog Hardcore IPA is a perfect Father’s Day beverage to share with dad. This Scottish beer has an ABV of 9.2% and relies heavily on the flavor of the hops and not malts. With a rusty red hue, it looks just as appealing as it tastes. With each sip, prepare to enliven your tastebuds with strong flavors of grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Neither you nor dad will have tasted anything like it, creating an experience to remember and a new shared favorite beverage.

3. Crown Royal Noble Collection

Treat dad like royalty with a spin on your favorite Canadian whiskey. Combined with a Canadian rye, a coffee still whiskey, and a bourbon style whiskey, which creates a deep gold whiskey fit for a king. With each sip, you and dad will be delighted by tastes of tart fruits, sweet caramel, and toasted grains. The flavor will linger, creating an unforgettable experience until the last sip. Dad will feel like a king when you sip this beverage with him on his special day.

4. Tanqueray London Dry Gin

If you have a more traditional dad, then don’t worry. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a refreshing gin and tonic on a hot summer day. Tanqueray London Dry Gin has been a beloved gin for decades and will really let dad know you care about his tastes. When you pick up a bottle of Tanqueray Gin, you are promising dad a day he will remember with one of his favorite people: you.

Celebrate Dad the Right Way

Our dads are some of the most important people in our lives, and they deserve to be treated right this Father’s Day. Don’t let the holiday creep up on you without thinking about what you could do to really make him smile on his special day. Before the holiday passes you by, let Payless Liquors assist you by filling out our online order form or take a trip to our store where you will find a wide variety of all your favorite liquors and beers.

Essentials for Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial weekend is an eventful and special day for many people around the country. Typically, when we think about our ideal Memorial Day, we think about the first day out on the boat, heading out to the pools, barbeques with friends and family – and of course, lots of cold drinks.

In order to be properly prepared for the upcoming holiday, don’t wait till the last minute to decide what you will be drinking. So grab those hotdogs, whip up some hamburgers, and check out our list of recommended beers, liquors, and seltzers in order to make it a Memorial Day you are sure to remember. Bells Oberon

If you are a beer lover looking for the perfect Memorial Day beverage, pick up a pack of Bell’s Oberon. This citrusy wheat ale is a smooth and refreshing beverage that is sure to impress your senses with its rich orange color and its hoppy character. Since this beer is only available seasonally, Memorial Day is the perfect occasion to give this Michigan-made beer a try and fall in love with the taste of summer. Truly Rose and Tropical Variety Pack

Not everyone loves beer, and if you are not a beer lover, you shouldn’t feel excluded from the holiday festivities. Instead, pick up a case of our Truly Rose and Tropical Variety Pack. This pack of Truly combines all the best tastes of summer including mango, pomegranate, pineapple, passion fruit, and of course, rose. Truly makes drinking easy, because there is no finagling with complicated recipes and ingredients or figuring out the correct portion sizes and hoping it tastes good. With Truly, you know that every sip will taste like the beach.

Mermaid Lemonade

Looking for a fun cocktail to get you into the holiday spirit? Look no further than this a Mermaid Lemonade. This tasty rum cocktail is perfect for those who like to avoid a strong taste of alcohol. Presentable and photo-worthy, this drink will be perfect for your Instagram story and is a sure way to impress all of your friends.

Ingredients (Serves four):

  • 1 Cup White Rum of choice
  • ¼ Cup Blue Curacao
  • 2 cups lemonade
  • 2 cups ice
  • Maraschino cherries (as many or as few as you prefer)
  • Lemon Slices

Recipe:

  • Step One: Add approximately ¼ cup of ice to four glasses.
  • Step Two: To each glass, add ½ cup of rum and a small amount of Blue Curacao.
  • Step Three: Add another ¼ cup of ice to each drink.
  • Step Four: If you are feeling extra fancy, use an umbrella skewer and add a lemon slice with cherries to each drink and enjoy.

Visit Us Before Your Holiday

At Payless Liquors, we have all the beer, seltzer, and, liquor variety for every type of drinker. We can help you to make your holiday perfect by ensuring that you get everything you need. Get started with your holiday preparation today by filling out our online order form, or stop by our store in person and allow us to assist you.

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Ultimate Indy 500 Drink Guide

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Since the pandemic, the brickyard has not been open for business, limiting or even canceling the traditional festivities that make the Indy 500 an event that we all know and love. This year, the Indy 500 will return to its former glory, with no crowd limits and all the typical festivities.

Whether you are attending the event in person or watching it from home, it is time to start thinking about what you will be holding as you cheer on your favorite racers. With this list of fun and simple cocktails, you can get into the spirit of the race wherever you may be.

White Lady

If you are a fan of tradition and gin, the white lady is a perfect Indy 500 drink for you. First crafted by Harry McElhone in 1919, the white lady is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. Made with only three simple ingredients: gin, triple sec, and lemon juice, this drink is made for easy sipping on a hot race day.

Recipe:

Step One: Combine two ounces of gin, one ounce of triple sec, and ¾ ounce of lemon juice into a shaker with ice.

Step Two: Shake until extra cold and frothy.

Step Three: Pour into a glass with a lemon twist.

Spiked Milk

Anyone familiar with the Indy 500 knows that it is a tradition that the winner of the race, along with posing for tons of pictures and getting decorated with an elaborate flower wreath, also celebrates by drinking milk. To get into the spirit of the race, try a spiked milk cocktail and prepare to be amazed by its sweet yet refreshing taste.

Recipe: To prepare this drink. You will need to pick up a bottle of Fuzzy’s Premium Vodka. Each drink contains 1.5 ounces of vodka, ¾ of an ounce of Drambuie, 1 ounce of vanilla simple syrup, 1 ounce of cream, and 3 muddled mint leaves.

Step one: Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, minus the mint leaves, and shake.

Step Two: Pour into a small milk jug or any other glass.

Step Three: Add the muddled mint leaves and enjoy.

Sparkling Grapefruit

Not a huge liquor fan? No problem, one of the best-tasting drinks for a hot, summer race day is a sparkling grapefruit cocktail. This drink is light and will keep you refreshed. In addition, the grapefruit juice will give you that much-needed boost of vitamin C to make sure you remain healthy all weekend long.

Recipe:

To craft this race cocktail, you will need ½ grapefruit juice, ½ Aperol spritz, basil leaves, sparkling champagne, and a grapefruit peel.

Step One: Muddle the basil leaves and throw them into a shaker with ice.

Step Two: Add the Aperol and grapefruit juice to the shaker.

Step Three: Shake consistently and add the mixture to a champagne flute. Top off with sparkling champagne and a grapefruit peel.

Plan Your Race Day with Us

At payless liquors, we have a large variety of liquors to help get the festivities started. Visit us in person or fill out our online order form.

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How to Host the Ultimate Beer Tasting Party

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Craft beer changed the beer drinking game and Payless is going to show you how to host the ultimate beer tasting party! Breweries have experienced a huge spark in popularity when it comes to providing beers that break the mold. Trying to select the perfect beer can feel overwhelming given the options available today. One of the best ways to try different beers is to host a beer tasting party for friends. When it comes to having fun with friends, beer tasting is a great reason to get together and try something new without having to commit to an entire six-pack.

What You’ll Need

When it comes to hosting your ultimate beer tasting party, you can keep it simple or go all out. For the basics, you’ll want your different beers. Depending on the size of your group, you’ll want to select at least four to six different beers. You’ll want to make sure you have enough glasses for everyone. Since appearance is a factor, clear glasses are the best option. You should also consider having some snacks. Craft beer often has a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) than domestic beers, and it can sneak up quickly.

Choose Your Theme

Any great party should have a theme. While beer is the main theme, you can still create a specific focus for the entire party. A beer tasting party is perfect for game day, even if it’s not game day! A tailgate party is easy, and fun. You can load the grill with burgers and brats, provide basic snack food, and have fun games, such as cornhole or a game of pickup.

You could also choose to have a more sophisticated party, pairing your beers with a delicious multi-course meal. This can be a more intimate affair of just a few friends. Whatever theme you decide, the most important element is highlighting your beer choices.

Create Your Ranking System

Tasting the beer is just one step — you also want to rank your favorites. There are several different ways that you can rank your beer. You might go with:

  • Aroma
  • Appearance
  • Flavor
  • The way it feels in your mouth
  • Your overall impression

You can use popular apps such as Untapped to make your ranking system easier. This app can search for practically any type of beer around the U.S. You can post your reviews and look at the reviews left by others.

Consider Your Drinking Order

While there is no wrong way to drink beer, there is an approach to take to make sure you don’t overwork your palate. Beer tasting is similar to wine tasting in that it is best to start light and move to heavier options. If you are hosting a beer tasting event, consider starting with something light. This can be ales or lagers. You can then move into ambers or IPAs. You’ll likely want to finish with your heaviest options such as porters or stouts.

Have Fun!

A beer tasting party is a great way to get together with friends and experiment with the wide range of craft beers on the market today. From traditional flavors to fun and daring options, you’ll love the ability to explore different varieties. When it is time to get the party started, Payless Liquors can help. We have a wide range of domestic and craft beers. You can use our convenient pickup form to have all your beers ready for your party.

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Hard Seltzer Cocktails for Spring

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There is no denying that hard seltzers are highly popular, and their popularity shows no sign of slowing down. Hard seltzers are light, refreshing, low in calories, and often contain little to no sugar. Hard seltzers are available in a wide variety of flavors, infusing flavor profiles of fruits, herbs, flowers, soda, and more. White Claw was one of the first seltzer options to really gain momentum, but today, you can find seltzers options from a wide range of companies such as Bud Light, Corona, Truly, and Vizzy. While these seltzers are perfect to be enjoyed alone, they can also be used to create light, refreshing cocktails that are sure to tickle your taste buds.

Must-Try Hard Seltzer Cocktails

When it comes to selecting the perfect seltzer, it depends on your brand of choice. Our list is designed to provide you with base suggestions, but when it comes to your seltzer, don’t be afraid to experiment!

Hard Seltzer Margaritas

Margaritas are one of the best summer beverages to enjoy. They are light, refreshing, and can be enjoyed over ice or blended. You’ll need tequila, limes, triple sec, and your favorite hard seltzer. You can stick to lime flavors to keep it traditional, or you can experiment with other flavors such as mango, watermelon, or raspberry. To make this recipe you’ll use:

· 1.25 oz of tequila

· ¾ oz of triple sec

· ½ oz lime juice

· Top with your favorite hard seltzer

If you want to get the full experience, you can rim your drinking glass with salt. You’ll want a dry glass to avoid water ruining your salt. Simply line the top of the glass with lime juice and delicately dip it into a saucer of salt.

Summer Sangria

Sangrias are a perfect summer drink. To craft this cocktail, you’ll need a bottle of red or white wine, triple sec, apple cider, and your favorite seltzer. Fresh fruit makes a perfect garnish. Sangrias are highly versatile, making them the perfect drink for experimenting. If you are making a large batch, you can use:

· 1 bottle of wine

· 1 cup apple cider

· 1 can of your favorite seltzer

· ½ cup triple sec

· Fresh fruit

Hard Soda Floats

Bud Light has been a leader in experimenting with how far a seltzer can go. Their newest line of hard sodas has experienced immediate popularity. They offer flavors such as orange soda, cherry soda, lime soda, and cola. For a fun, unique beverage, fill a glass with a few scoops of your favorite vanilla ice cream. Pour your hard soda over the top and enjoy!

Have Fun With It

There is no wrong way to enjoy a hard seltzer. Hard seltzers can be used to replace the mixer in several different popular cocktails. With the wide range of flavors available, you’ll be able to experiment with something new all summer. When you’re looking for the perfect ingredients, Payless Liquors can help. We offer a wide range of hard seltzers, wines, liquors, and all the mixes you need to embrace your creative side. Use our convenient pickup order form to have your supplies ready.

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Charcuterie and Wine Pairing Guide

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Charcuterie boards provide an array of tantalizing meats, cheeses, and other snack items to create an amazing treat that pairs perfectly with a wide range of wines. When designing a charcuterie board of your own, there are a few key elements to consider. You’ll want to provide a variety of meats and cheeses that are perfectly complemented by great-tasting wine.

What Is a Charcuterie Board?

Charcuterie is the term used for the meat that is a highlight of these popular boards. Most charcuterie boards come with at least three different meat options, ranging in different spice levels and textures. Cheese is the next most popular item for this platter. It is recommended to include at least three different types of cheeses. With cheese, you also want to provide a variety of textures, fat content, acidity, and saltiness.

Other items that can be found on a charcuterie board include pickled vegetables, bread, crackers, olives, fruit that is either fresh or dry, nuts, and some type of spread, such as honey or mustard. After you know what you want on your board, the next step is the wine selection. It is best to choose wines following your meat and cheese choices. Wines are meant to pair with your food flavors, not overpower them.

Pairing Wine With Your Board

Once you’ve decided on your meats and cheeses, you can consider the best wines to complement your selection. The main focuses when it comes to meat are the texture, fat content, salt, and spice. When selecting a wine, you want to focus on acidity, structure, and the undertones it features.

If your board consists of salty mild meats, which are great for beginner boards, you may choose prosciutto or mortadella. These savory meats pair best with a lighter-bodied white wine such as Pino Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. If you are more of a red drinker, light or medium reds, such as a Pinot Noir or a Merlot, pair perfectly. In general, it is best to go with a wine that has high acidity.

Mild spice meats such as peppered salami pair well with light whites such as a sweet Riesling or fruity reds like Malbec. If you are looking to include bold, spicy meats such as bresaola, you’ll want to pair it with a wine that is equally as bold. For red wine, Syrah is a great option, or you can go with Chardonnay for a white wine.

When it comes to cheese, you’ll want to consider a variety of soft cheeses, semi-soft, fresh cheese, and hard cheese. Each category comes with its unique flavors and textures. You’ll want to consider their acidity, fat content, and saltiness. Soft cheese such as brie or robiola pairs well with sparkling whites and light-bodied whites. Semi-soft cheese like asiago, gruyere, and Havarti pair well with a dry wine such as Chardonnay. Fresh cheeses like burrata, goat cheese, and feta pair with medium-bodied whites and reds such as Pinot Noir. Hard Cheeses like aged cheddar or parmesan pair perfectly with bold reds like Chianti.

Get Creating and Pairing

When it comes to creating your perfect charcuterie board, there is no wrong way to do it. You’ll want to provide variety, creating an array of flavors that your guests are sure to love. Having a few different bottles of wine on hand, ranging from light to bold provides the perfect options for your guests. At Payless Liquors, we have a huge wine selection to create your charcuterie pairings. Use our pickup order form, or stop into the store!

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About Bell’s Brewery

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For more than three decades, Bell’s has been making a variety of one-of-a-kind, artisanal beers, and as a result, Bells’ breweries have become a preeminent Great Lakes Regional and further.

The Brewery was the first in Michigan to sell beer by the glass and open an onsite pub. Bell’s beer is distributed to 43 states, and their two breweries feature an unparalleled beer garden, a space for concerts, and a taproom and are operated with environmental sustainability in mind.

Bell’s takes pride in their beer and breweries and in an equitable, inclusionary workplace that encourages diversity, individualism, and a business environment that nurtures diverse ideas among their 500 plus employees. In short, Bell’s is craft beer on a mission.

Some Historical Perspective

After arriving in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to attend Kalamazoo College, Larry Bell started humbly home-brewing beer in his basement in the early 1980s. In 1983, in Downtown Kalamazoo, Larry opened a homebrew supply shop.

As word spread about his beer, people requested more samples. Larry responded by opening the Kalamazoo Brewing Co, started brewing beer commercially in a 15-gallon soup pot, and his brewing company sold its first beer on September 19, 1985.

A Bell’s Brewery timeline:

· 1985: Bell’s first brew beer was Amber Ale.

· 1900: By installing a 2-barrel brew system, Bell’s increases brewing capacity.

· 1995; Bell’s debuted their Beer Garden. An outdoor space near the Eccentric Café.

· 2000: Comstock Township, Michigan, becomes the home of Bell’s main Brewery.

· 2005: The Comstock Brewery expands.

· 2010: Oarsman Ale and The Oracle were first brewed; Larry Bell takes home the Brewers Association Recognition Award

· 2015: Improvements at the Comstock Brewery: A wastewater treatment facility called “the Cube” comes online. The Quality lab upgrades its technology game to measure water quality and analyze beer DNA.

· 2020: Bell’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthens through implementing multiple initiatives.

Celebrate Spring. Celebrate Oberon Day

On March 21, 2022. Bell’s Brewery released their renowned seasonal wheat beer Bell’s Oberon and celebrated the release of the beer and being one step closer to spring by celebrating Oberon day at their breweries in Michigan.

Next year, celebrate Oberon Day Like They Do at Bell’s Brewery!

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Jameson: A Rich Irish History

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Jameson Whiskey has been a popular Irish Whiskey for a long time. Learn about the who, what, where, when, and how of Jameson Irish Whiskey. We bet that the next time you’re enjoying this smooth Irish whiskey, you’ll appreciate it for more than its smooth taste.

Jameson’s Whiskey: A Long, Proud History in Ireland

In 1786 after stepping off a boat landing in Ireland, John Jameson, a Scotsman, became General Manager of The Steins Family Bow Street Distillery located on Bow Street in Dublin’s Smithfield area. The distillery opened for business in 1780, and by 1805 Jameson wholly owned and then expanded the distillery. In 1810, the whiskey’s name was changed to The John Jameson and Sons Irish Whiskey Company, or for short, Jameson’s Irish Whiskey.

Jameson’s, One of the Biggest Distilleries in the World, Falls on Hard Times

By the 19th century, Jameson’s became Ireland’s biggest distillery and one of the world’s largest. However, hard times fell on the distiller during the 20th century after Ireland’s independence from Britain was declared. Increased tariffs during the trade war with Britain made exporting to one of the distillery’s biggest markets costly. Additionally, Jameson’s largest market, America, was cut off because of prohibition. On the bright side, Scotland’s Whiskey boom surged because of low-cost exports to Canada, which opened the door to smuggling whiskey to America.

Four Factors That Make Irish Whiskey Different

Check out these factors that make Irish whiskey unique.

Its history. While confirmation is impossible, the story is that the distillation process was introduced to Ireland by St. Patrick. Additionally, around 1000 AD, after returning to Ireland from traveling the Mediterranean, monks acquired the knowledge of perfume distillation, and they brought it with them.

It’s popularly assumed that whiskey had its start during the middle ages, either in Ireland or Scotland and the first whiskey distillery allowed in the British Isles was Bushmills in 1608. And by the 1890s, Ireland had over 30 influential distilleries producing Irish whiskey.

The Way It’s Spelled. Near the end of the 19th century, convention dictated that Irish (and Americans) produced “whiskey” while the Scots (and Canadians) manufactured “whisky.” According to John Ayto, author of the Gluttons Dictionary, the spelling distinction was more market-driven than linguistic.

Additionally, whiskey is a derivative of the Irish word meaning “water of life.”

Aging, Alcohol Volume, Grain Mix, and Location. The standards for Irish whiskey are high.

Irish whiskey must:

  • Be aged for three years, at least.
  • Contain minimum alcohol by volume (ABV) of 40%.
  • Grain must be 50% barley, at least, with the remainder being wheat, rye, or regular barley.
  • Must be distilled and aged on the Isle of Ireland, as per the Whiskey Conservancy.

The Specialized Production Process of Irish Whiskey. Here’s a highlighted overview of the extensive process of distilling Irish whiskey.

  • Malting and Fermentation.
  • Washing and Distillation.
  • Aroma (perfume) created by storage barrels.

Also, before entering the barrels to age, Irish whiskey is distilled three times, while Scotch whiskey is distilled only twice before being barreled.

If you’re ready to try some Irish whiskey, consider one (or all) of these four types of Irish whiskeys:

  1. Single Malt Irish Whiskey
  2. Pot Still Irish Whiskey
  3. Grain Irish Whiskey
  4. Blended Irish Whiskey

10 Need to Try Irish Whiskey Cocktails

While the smoothness of Irish whiskey makes it perfect for sipping neat, don’t overlook it as the ideal whiskey for mixing a delicious drink.

Experience the versatility of Irish whiskey by trying these drinks.

  • McGlashan
  • Good Cork
  • Psycho Killer
  • Brotherhood
  • The Nose to Cocktail
  • Irish Blonde
  • Irish Coffee
  • Irish Old Fashioned
  • Dubliner
  • Emerald

You can get the recipes for these Irish Whiskey drinks and more by visiting this article: 20 Irish Whiskey Cocktails to Try Right Now.

Can’t wait to try them? Pre-order and pick up the ingredients from our store!

Sources:

https://www.whiskyflavour.com/blog/what-makes-irish-whiskey-different/

https://www.liquor.com/slideshows/irish-whiskey-cocktails/

 

bitters in your cocktail

Why You Should Add Bitters to Your Cocktails

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No bartender’s utility belt would be complete without bitters. But they seem to be a mystery to most of us, so we’re here to help make the mysterious bitter a more familiar ingredient in your cocktail-making playbook.

The Return of the Bitters!

Bitters have returned thanks to the emergence of craft cocktails over the last decade. These potent and, of course, bitter, liquids are essential to crafting many drinks. What makes them even better is that they may make an upset stomach feel better.

Lately, bitter makers have been on a roll. They’ve been reviving recipes that history has forgotten and creating flavors including Sriracha, fig, and barbecue.

From Where Did Bitters Return?

Before all but disappearing at the turn of the 20th century, bitters hit their high point in the 1800s. Be-fore bitters became familiar to Americans, Europeans used bitters as medicine for a long time. There’s evidence dating to around 7,000 B.C. that someone in China concocted a mix of grapes, rice, honey, and hawthorn berry, which tastes horrid. Strictly speaking, it was a drinkable bitter known as an amaro.

What Are Bitters and How Should I Use Them?

In short, bitters are boozy flavored extracts made by infusing pieces of plants in alcohol. Bitters can get their flavors from barks, berries, flowers, roots, and other plant stuff, and think of using them as you would use salt with food. Because, as salt does with food, bitters help emphasize the flavors of cocktails while including their own taste.

What Is Amari?

In Italian, amaro means bitter, and the plural of amaro is Amari. Furthermore, Amari are used as mixers or drunk out of the bottle. Some Amari you may be familiar with are Branca, Campari, Cynar, Fernet Branca, and Pimm’s No. 1.

How Do I Tell the Difference Between Bitters and Amari?

The difference between bitters and Amari is that Amari are drinkable, and bitters are used as a seasoning. A more straightforward way to tell them apart is that Amari comes in large bottles and is meant to be drunk, while bitters come in small bottles and are used in the same way that salt is used – to enhance and add to the flavors of food.

Bitter Categories

There are a lot of bitters and so many flavors that it’s hard to categorize them, but here’s a general list.

· Aromatic

· Citrus

· Herbal

· Nut

Which Bitters Should I Keep on Hand?

A good starting kit of bitters would include an aromatic, a citrus, and something fun like lavender or chocolate. These could help ensure you have whichever bitter on hand you need to make a perfect cocktail.

Go-to Brands of Bitters

· Angostura

· Fee Brothers

· Peychaud’s

· Regan’s Orange No. 6.

You might want to try other players in the bitters market. Germany produces the Bitter Truth, London’s got Bob’s Bitters, while America’s got Bitterman’s of New Orleans and Bitter Cube hails from Milwaukee.

Do Bitters Ever Go Stale?

It’s a long shot that bitters will go bad before you use them. Simply keep them stashed in the dark of your liquor cabinet, and they should keep for up to five years. On the other hand, Bitterman’s of New Orleans claims five years is the low end of how long they’ll last.

If you’re ready to enjoy bitters, here are some cocktails made with bitters to try at home:

· Pink Gin Pink

· Whiskey and Bitters

· Old Fashioned

· Sazerac

· Martini

· Manhattan

· The Sawyer

Come By Payless Liquors for a Variety of Bitter Options

Order your cocktail ingredients today, and don’t forget the bitters! Pre-order and pick up from our store! Pickup Order form – Payless Liquors (payless-liquors.com)

Why You Should Add Bitters to Your Cocktails

No bartender’s utility belt would be complete without bitters. But they seem to be a mystery to most of us, so we’re here to help make the mysterious bitter a more familiar ingredient in your cocktail-making playbook.

The Return of the Bitters!

Bitters have returned thanks to the emergence of craft cocktails over the last decade. These potent and, of course, bitter, liquids are essential to crafting many drinks. What makes them even better is that they may make an upset stomach feel better.

Lately, bitter makers have been on a roll. They’ve been reviving recipes that history has forgotten and creating flavors including Sriracha, fig, and barbecue.

From Where Did Bitters Return?

Before all but disappearing at the turn of the 20th century, bitters hit their high point in the 1800s. Be-fore bitters became familiar to Americans, Europeans used bitters as medicine for a long time. There’s evidence dating to around 7,000 B.C. that someone in China concocted a mix of grapes, rice, honey, and hawthorn berry, which tastes horrid. Strictly speaking, it was a drinkable bitter known as an amaro.

What Are Bitters and How Should I Use Them?

In short, bitters are boozy flavored extracts made by infusing pieces of plants in alcohol. Bitters can get their flavors from barks, berries, flowers, roots, and other plant stuff, and think of using them as you would use salt with food. Because, as salt does with food, bitters help emphasize the flavors of cock-tails while including their own taste.

What Are Amari?

In Italian, amaro means bitter, and the plural of amaro is Amari. Furthermore, Amari are used as mixers or drunk out of the bottle. Some Amari you may be familiar with are Branca, Campari, Cynar, Fernet Branca, and Pimm’s No. 1.

How Do I Tell the Difference Between Bitters and Amari?

The difference between bitters and Amari is that Amari are drinkable, and bitters are used as a seasoning. A more straightforward way to tell them apart is that Amari comes in large bottles and is meant to be drunk, while bitters come in small bottles and are used in the same way that salt is used – to enhance and add to the flavors of food.

Bitter Categories

There are a lot of bitters and so many flavors that it’s hard to categorize them, but here’s a general list.

· Aromatic

· Citrus

· Herbal

· Nut

Which Bitters Should I Keep on Hand?

A good starting kit of bitters would include an aromatic, a citrus, and something fun like lavender or chocolate. These could help ensure you have whichever bitter on hand you need to make a perfect cocktail.

Go-to Brands of Bitters

· Angostura

· Fee Brothers

· Peychaud’s

· Regan’s Orange No. 6.

You might want to try other players in the bitters market. Germany produces the Bitter Truth, London’s got Bob’s Bitters, while America’s got Bitterman’s of New Orleans and Bitter Cube hails from Milwaukee.

Do Bitters Ever Go Stale?

It’s a long shot that bitters will go bad before you use them. Simply keep them stashed in the dark of your liquor cabinet, and they should keep for up to five years. On the other hand, Bitterman’s of New Orleans claims five years is the low end of how long they’ll last.

If you’re ready to enjoy bitters, here are some cocktails made with bitters to try at home:

· Pink Gin Pink

· Whiskey and Bitters

· Old Fashioned

· Sazerac

· Martini

· Manhattan

· The Sawyer

Come By Payless Liquors for a Variety of Bitter Options

Order your cocktail ingredients today, and don’t forget the bitters! Pre-order and pick up from our store! Pickup Order form – Payless Liquors (payless-liquors.com)