pumpkin beers

Top 10 Pumpkin Beers

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In the fall, pumpkin beers are a go-to choice for many beer drinkers. The sweet and nutty flavors of these beers provide a perfect way to get out of the sunshine and into the cooler weather that is just around the corner. In light of this, we’ve compiled a list of some popular pumpkin beers to help you decide which one will be your new favorite! 

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin is the favorite flavor of all time, and this seasonal release tastes as good as it smells. This beer has a rich body orange color with a liquid caramel nose, reminiscent of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving morning – before anyone had to go back to work. Taste this nostalgia-inducing brew today!

Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin

Made from a pile of pumpkin, some malted barley and the pure spirit of Samuel Adams for true happiness. Allowing you to drink your beer like your ancestors drank theirs (we’re assuming they took their ale in through the nose). Drink it alone or with friends, but be careful because sometimes these things can get worse before better.

Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale

There are few things better than pumpkin pie, except for this. Dogfish Head has combined all of the spice you love about Thanksgiving dinner with a rich brown ale to create something wickedly delicious. It’s brewed not-too-spicy, but crispy with plenty of warmth from molasses and brown sugar flavor—or as we like to think: it’s everything you and your taste buds need together in one perfect drinkable package. So this season say “yes” to fall and enjoy the flavor explosion that is our Pumpkin Ale.

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Get your pumpkin fix with a twist. Shipyard has been around for over 100 years and there’s no denying that the New England brewers have perfected their versions of America’s favorite seasonal beers. But who could ever get tired of pumpkin beer, even if it is nearly October? Don’t try to tempt fate because this one is expertly crafted right down to its 9% ABV so you can enjoy every last drop.

Elysian Punkuccino

We tried Elysian Punkuccino craft beer and we loved it so much. We’ve never tasted anything like this before! It’s got just the right amount of sweetness, mixed with a wonderfully subtle pumpkin spice flavor that makes for an excellent change in pace from regular coffee. Plus, even when you’re drinking it over ice, you don’t have to worry about getting warmed up or feeling sleepy – because at 9% alcohol by volume (ABV), Elysian Punkuccino is one little can of happiness that’s perfect for 3 o’clock in the afternoon!

We hope that this list has helped you decide on your new favorite pumpkin beer! If not, come by our store and we can help you find the perfect one for any occasion. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Fall’s Hard Ciders

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You know that crisp, refreshing feeling you get from drinking a nice hard cider on a cool autumn day? Yeah, it’s about to be your favorite season ever.  In the past year alone, sales of hard ciders have nearly doubled and shows no signs of slowing down. There are so many different flavors and types out there for everyone to enjoy! Check out these tasty fall favorites!

Redd’s Apple Ale

Redd’s Blissful Apple Ale is the perfect combination of refreshing beer and crisp apple flavor. Two things that are great on their own, but together? Whoa. At only five percent alcohol by volume, our traditional brew is less caloric than most other beers too! Redd’s Hard Apple comes in a limited 16oz can 4-Pack for those who don’t need to go home with their drink or an assortment of 12 packs for all your hootenanny needs.

Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider

Angry Orchard’s crisp apple is perfect for any occasion that needs a beverage with just the right balance of sweet and dry. Pair it up with your favorite spicy wing sauce, eat some strudel, or throw on some jorts after an all-nighter…hard cider has never tasted so good!

Stella Artois Cidre

Since the very first step of conversion, this carefully crafted cider has a subtle, sweet fruitiness that is striking. As you take a sip and let it linger on your tongue, you will delight in a dryness that gently takes over until the sweetness starts to come through. There’s no need for any other drinks by the pool because Stella Artois Cidre is just right!

Ace Apple Cider

Ace Apple is made with 100% all natural apples, which are sourced from the heart of our nation’s most fertile apple-growing region. This cider is crisp and refreshing thanks to its 4.2% alcohol content, perfect for pairing with BBQ pork or wasabi crème fraîche when out on the patio in September.

Aspall Organic Cider

This fancy-sounding drink is certainly a one of a kind. Nearly every sip lights up your tastebuds with lively floral flavours, offering rich and delightfully complex dry notes on the finish. Quit wasting time trying to go into that bar brawl tonight when you could be sitting back with this brew instead.

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious hard cider. Whether you’re looking for something light or dark, sweet or dry, fruity or hoppy – there’s an apple-based brew out there that will perfectly complement your season. Why not take this opportunity to explore some of these tasty fall favorites? We have all sorts of flavors and types available at Payless Liquors so you can find what suits you best! Happy hunting!

5 Delicious Fall Cocktails

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It’s time to dust off your shaker and start experimenting with new fall flavors. We’re here to share our top 5 favorite autumn cocktail recipes that are perfect for this season. They’re not just any old pumpkin spice latte or apple cider, but instead they’re boozy, delicious drinks that will warm you up on these cold nights! So grab your favorite liquors and mixers, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen!

Apple Cider Mimosas

Ingredients
1 bottle champagne
1 cup apple cider
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions: On a small plate, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip champagne flutes in water to wet the rims, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture. Fill champagne flutes 1/4 full with apple cider, then top off with champagne.

Campfire Sling

Ingredients
2 oz rye whiskey
.25 oz pure maple syrup (grade A Amber is recommended. For a richer version try grade B)
3 dashes chocolate bitters
Orange twist with scorched orange oil

Instructions: Add all ingredients to an old-fashioned glass with a large piece of ice. Stir thoroughly. Release the oils from the orange zest through a flaming wood pick over the surface of the drink and serve.

Pumpkin White Russian

Ingredients
1 oz pumpkin spice Kahlua
2 oz vodka
1 oz heavy cream

Instructions: Combine Kahlua, vodka, and cream into glass over ice. Stir lightly.

Kentucky Mulled Cider

Ingredients
1.25 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
Hot apple cider to top
Dash of allspice
Cinnamon stick
Lemon slice

Instructions: Add bourbon to a mug. Fill mug with hot apple cider and dash of allspice. Garnish with tall cinnamon stick and lemon slice.

Caramel Apple Mule

Ingredients
1.5 oz Absolut vodka
.5 oz caramel
1 oz apple cider
Ginger beer, to top

Instructions: Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a wooden mug over ice, top with ginger beer. Garnish with apple fan.

Nothing Says Summer Like An Alcohol Infused Popsicle

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I’m sure we all have memories of growing up eating cold, fruity popsicles in the summer heat with our friends. There’s nothing more refreshing than a tasty popsicle paired with a fun day at the lake or pool. What could make it even better? Alcohol, of course!

Have you ever had a margarita infused popsicle? While reminiscing about childhood nostalgia is great and all, we’ll take adult popsicles over the regular kind any day. Although alcohol infused products like sorbets and popsicles aren’t a new fad, they are making a major comeback with the Rancho La Gloria frozen cocktail popsicles. Known for their bottled Margaritas, Palomas and Wine cocktails, Rancho La Gloria’s newest addition is their alcoholic popsicles. The delectable flavors come in:

• Lime

• Strawberry

• Mango

Rancho La Gloria prides itself on its 100% naturally derived blue weber agave in every product. Made in the desert of Mexico, these products are sure to make you feel like you are on vacation.

How are they made?

The process of making alcohol infused popsicles is fairly easy. The steps are simple:

1. Select your favorite kind of juice

2. Select your preferred alcohol and determine how boozy you want them

3. Combine the juice and liquor in popsicle molds or deep ice trays

4. Cover the tray with plastic wrap and push popsicle sticks or toothpicks into every popsicle-to-be—the cling film will hold them in place as the ice freezes.

5. Place them in your freezer for around 4 hours and, voila! They’re ready to enjoy.

You can jazz up your popsicles by adding frozen fruit, like strawberries, raspberries, mango or papaya. Or, for an even more unique popsicle, add in your favorite chewy candy, like gummy bears, Swedish fish, or mochi.

The rise of alcohol infused products like sorbets, popsicles, milkshakes and cupcakes are just a few of the hundred ideas of delicious, boozy infused foods. While cooking with alcohol is a very popular method in the culinary world, much of the alcohol in recipes cook out, nullifying the effects of the liquor, but the flavor remains. When infusing alcohol into cold products, like ice cream or popsicles, the process requires no actual ‘cooking’. This means the alcohol’s effects are not compromised, thus the ABV (Alcohol by volume) levels remain the same as they were in the bottle. Taking this fact into consideration is crucial when determining the ratio of how much liquor to juice, milk, baking recipe etc. you select.

Another component of infusing alcohol into sweet treats is finding the right flavor pair. All alcohol has its own flavor profile with a variety of unique notes specific to the liquor. These notes need to blend well with the flavor of whatever you’re making. For instance, warm drinks utilizing ingredients like vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon pair well with bourbon, fireball, and rum. Sweet treats that are icy, like popsicles, ice cream, and blended smoothies, are better paired with vodka, tequila and whiskey. When selecting a recipe and what alcohol to use in it, remember that the two should balance one another out, enhancing the complimentary flavors, so the alcohol won’t get lost amongst the added sugar and spices.

Spiked food and beverages are not necessarily new to most consumers, but there are always plenty of new ways to experience them. Rancho La Gloria’s new flavored popsicles are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next summer get together. Whether DIY infused popsicles and baked goods pique your interest, or a case of Rancho La Gloria’s popsicle variety pack is more your style, place your order for store pick up today!

All Day IPA

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If the idea of “nursing” a drink sounds less than ideal, Founders Brewing Company has just the beer for you. With All Day IPA, you don’t have to worry about feeling heavy or dull. Instead, the crisp, complex flavors will keep you feeling sharp, while still bringing you a relaxed, happy buzz.

What is an IPA?

IPA stands for “India Pale Ale.” India Pale Ales come in several varieties:

Session – IPAs that are considered “session” are traditionally under 4% ABV (alcohol by volume) and typically made out of a complex array of malts, hops and grains. They generally have a thinner, smoother body, which comes with a lower alcohol content. Because of this fact, session IPAs are generally a drink, and drink, and drink again kind of beer.

]Imperial/Double – Imperial and Double IPAs are practically the same, based on the fact that they both have high levels of hops (a fruit commonly used in brewing beer) concentration. Usually containing over 7% ABV, this beer is like the traditional IPA on steroids.

Dry-Hopped – Dry-Hopped IPAs are made by steeping your hops in your beer as it ferments, instead of introducing them while the beer is boiling. This is what creates the intoxicating aroma that amplifies the sweet hops and fruity flavors of this beer.

Fresh-Hopped – Also known as “harvest ale”, or “wet hop,” Fresh-Hopped IPAs only arrive once a year, around September, with the hop harvest. The brilliantly fresh flavor is distinct and certainly a fan favorite.

Hops, a key ingredient in brewing IPAs and many other beers, is a fruit native to Eurasia. The distinct garlicy, fruity, yeasty flavor makes it such a key component for many brewers in the U.S. The hops grow up large trellising and can get up to 7 to 8 feet tall. The fruit is carefully harvested, then heated, dried, and compressed. This is when hops can be added into the brewing process.

Within these subcategories, there are culturally different IPAs too. Everyone has their own method of brewing and influences on the flavors based on their geography. British IPAs are the classic style, as IPAs originated in England. The historic flavors are typically one-noted, fruity or malty. New England’s style of IPA is unfiltered, which gives it a hazy appearance. East Coast IPAs have a complex piney, malty, hoppy taste. Whereas the flavor profile of a West Coast IPA is distinctly smooth and fruity, with subtle bitter notes. Belgian IPAs, on the other hand, utilize Belgian yeast, which gives them a sweet, bready flavor.

Drinking irresponsibly is never a wise decision. So Founders Brewing company created All Day IPA, for consumers who want to drink throughout their day but not reap the negative consequences of becoming fully inebriated. With rich flavors at a mid-range ABV, this beer is great for a day out golfing—enough to get you tipsy and having a good time while staying alert enough to hit the ball. Getting the ball in the hole, of course, will be up to personal skills and the amount of beers killed. With All Day IPA, quality really isn’t compromised. Each step is carefully curated by brewing experts, to help you enjoy your beer for longer.

With so many culturally unique options available, there is truly something for everyone. Many people try IPAs one time and never again out of distaste for the bitter notes that some mainstream companies produce. However, with such a broad spectrum of options readily available with their own distinct twist, it’s worth giving it a try again. Order a case of Founders All Day IPA from our online shop today!

Seltzers Are Taking The Commercial Drink Industry by Storm

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It seems like a new seltzer makes its way to the local liquor and grocery store every day. With the rise in popularity of carbonated seltzers like White Claw and Truly, the commercial drink industry has taken note of the explosion in success of seltzers, and major brands like Budweiser have released their adaptation of this almost novelty adult beverage.

Why are Hard Seltzers So Popular?

Endorsed by celebrities, glorified during halftime Super Bowl commercials, and praised by millions of loyal fans—hard seltzers have taken the commercial drink industry by storm and the world isn’t looking back. While they’ve been around for a while, the newest wave of enthusiasm in recent years has provided us with so many new delicious seltzers to try from popular brands and indie brewers alike. Some of the great features of this beverage are:

• They come in unique flavors, like cherry, ruby grapefruit, peach, lemon lime, blood orange, strawberry, guava and more.

• Most hard seltzers are gluten free. A majority of liquor and alcohol is fermented with wheat and other gluten products, making hard seltzers a great option for people with high gluten sensitivities.

• It is extremely economical. With some hard seltzers at an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) compared to that of a light beer and others the strength of a bottle of wine, prices can range from a mere 2.99 for a four pack to 16 dollars for a 12 pack.

If you have yet to try these carbonated cans of pure goodness, they typically come in a broad variety of flavors and ABV. Brands like Truly and White Claw typically contain under 5% ABV and offer flavors like cherry lime-ade, blue raspberry, strawberry and more! The surge in popularity could be due to the fact that hard seltzers are advertised as a “healthier” beverage option with most being low in sugar and gluten free. Though this may be the perception, it hasn’t always been the case, since the average person more often consumes 1-3 cans in one sitting.

Massive corporations like Coca-Cola are launching a boozy version of their own product, as well as brands like Topo Chico. Most notably, though—Budweiser has recently launched a limited-time only, retro version of hard seltzers with unique, novelty flavors.

What makes hard seltzers so delicious?

Hard seltzers are produced by fermenting a sugar solution for a given period of time. After fermenting, the solution is then diluted to a more moderate, balanced strength. Flavor is then added to the mixture, either through citrus or malic acid and sugar. Hard seltzers then go through a ‘sugar bath,’ in which they adjust the PH levels, and add the water. As they contain almost 95% water, this process is imperative and usually takes several tries to get it just right. The beverage goes through the lengthy process of boiling and then the last final step, carbonation. Perhaps the best part of these beverages is the refreshing feeling of taking a delicious sip of a fruity, carbonated beverage.

With popularity amongst Millennial and Gen Z consumers, hard seltzers don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. One thing is for certain—the possibilities are endless. Contact us to order your favorite hard seltzer today!

Popov Vodka, The Perfect Summer Liquor

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Communities all over the world are gathering together once more for nightly outings and pool-side parties. While we reunite with our friends and family again, cocktail enthusiasts everywhere are once more debating the most popular mixed drink. Whether your preference is a Bloody Mary by the ocean or an espresso martini at a fancy dinner party—vodka takes the cake as the perfect pairing for any summer celebration.

Vodka Has the Drink for You.

Vodka might seem intimidating at first glance. Typically ranging from 35% ABV (alcohol by volume) all the way to top shelf varieties with 96% ABV, Vodka packs a flavor-filled punch that is sure to beat the summer heat. Wondering what to make? The options are endless! Martinis, Cosmopolitans, Moscow Mules, and Black Russians are just a few of the most popular mixed drinks that utilize Vodka.

Can’t handle bitter notes? Try an Apple Martini with sweet and sour flavors. Perhaps you enjoy a “one and done” strong cocktail? Try a Godmother on the Rocks—with bitters, hints of amaretto, and a subtle sweetness, this drink is the perfect ending to an evening. Before you make any of these drinks, however, remember: with vodka, often, less is more. With most mixed drink recipes only calling for a shot or less, vodka is also an economical choice, when it comes time to choose what to pick up at your local liquor store. But, what types of vodka are out there?

There are three main types of vodka you can purchase:

Plain Vodka

Traditional plain vodka has the highest ABV of the three varieties, at numbers that beat out most other liquor as well. With lower shelf bottles containing anywhere from 60% ABV all the way up to the 95%-96% ABV top tier bottles, plain vodka is a potent specialty liquor. Historically used medicinally as a fast-acting pain reliever, plain vodka really has no taste, depending on what it is made from. Some, like potato vodkas, do have their own unique flavor. With some relating the smell to that of ethanol, its typical uses are with spirits or in fruitier cocktails. Usually requiring a chaser, plain vodka is a powerful, distilled option.

Fruit and Herbal Vodka (Infusions)

Infused vodka goes through the lengthy process of steeping in a variety of herbal and fruity flavors. These whimsical infusions are sure to impress your dinner party guests. Easily done even at home, the process of steeping plain vodka in herbs like mint, lemon balm or orange peels will make the yummiest drink for a summer bonfire.

Flavored Vodkas

Flavored vodkas are a fantastic option to spice up an ordinary evening. The versatility in flavors now opens up an entirely new realm of possibilities in cocktails. With shocking flavors like

salted caramel and birthday cake, flavored vodka is growing in popularity amongst bakers, chefs and home bartending enthusiasts.

Make the Cocktail of Your Summer Dreams—Bliss on the Beach

What you’ll need:

– 1 1/2 ounces of Popov vodka

– 1/2 ounce of creme de cassis liqueur

– 3/4 ounce peach schnapps

– 2 ounces of cranberry juice

– 2 ounces of orange juice

– Maraschino cherry (optional garnish)

– Orange slice (optional garnish)

Popov Vodka is a powerful vodka at a great price and can be found on our shelves at Payless Liquors. Order a bottle online today and try it straight or whip up a delicious cocktail sure to impress your friends and family!

5 Easy to Prepare Cocktails

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Sometimes summer fun can come along with gatherings and group functions that are unexpected. When this happens, you might find yourself scrambling to be a good host. To help you out with these last minute hang-outs, we created a list of some of the easiest cocktails to prepare, especially on short notice. Cheers!

Top 5 Easy Cocktails

1. Gin and Tonic

A gin and tonic is one of the most simple, refreshing cocktails, especially during the summer. You can make this easy, delicious cocktail with just three ingredients: any gin that you prefer (or have on hand), some tonic water, and a splash of fresh lime juice. This drink is great for parties, as it can be made quickly and is a crowd favorite.

Recipe:

-2 oz gin

-3-4 oz tonic water

-Lime wedge

2. Old Fashioned

This classic crowd-pleaser is another simple cocktail that is perfect for sipping during conversation. It only takes three ingredients and a garnish of fresh citrus. Here’s the recipe for a classic old fashioned—don’t forget to add the bitters on top of the sugar cube to help it dilute!

Recipe:

-1 sugar cube

-2-3 dashes of bitters

-2 oz of whiskey (bourbon or rye also work)

-Lemon twist or wedge of preferred citrus

-1 large ice cube

3. Vodka Soda

Quite possibly the easiest cocktail to be created, a vodka soda is exactly what it sounds like—vodka and soda mixed together. This drink is refreshing and flexible, allowing you to use whatever vodka or soda you prefer. A vodka soda is the perfect cocktail to enjoy with friends and family.

Recipe:

-2 oz vodka

-4 oz of any soda, plain or flavored

-lemon wedge for garnish

4. Spiked Lemonade

Another great cocktail that you can easily throw together this summer is a delicious batch of spiked lemonade. Many people either have the ingredients to make lemonade or already have pre-made lemonade during the summer, making this a great option for last minute cocktails. Spiking your lemonade is the perfect way to liven up an already great drink and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Recipe: (makes 4-6 cocktails)

-8 oz vodka

-24 oz lemonade (or to taste)

-fresh lemon slices

5. Martini

Martinis are another classic cocktail that are quick to make and perfect to sip on. They’re flexible too, in that you can use vodka or gin, as well as bitters being optional too. This drink is super simple to shake up and serve to your guests.

Recipe:

-2 oz gin (or vodka)

-1 oz vermouth

-dash of bitters (optional)

Making Easy Cocktails at Home

Whether you prefer a gin and tonic or a simple martini, there are a multitude of different, easy cocktails out there for you to throw together on a fun, summer night.

At Payless Liquors, we love a simple cocktail to share with friends. From vodka to whiskey, vermouth to gin, we offer a wide selection of liquors to help you make your favorite cocktails at any time. Check out our website to see all of our different options.

The Top 4 IPAs of 2021

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Recently, the popularity of IPAs has grown immensely. Known for their high content of hops, IPAs often have a more bitter taste to them than your average lager, for example. IPAs can come in a variety of different flavors and styles. These styles of IPAs are characterized by regions, which is why you might see terms such as New England styles or West Coast IPAs. Every IPA is craft    with an individual formula of hops, malts, grains, and fruits, to create the special flavors that we all know and love.

Ultimately, every IPA is unique in its flavor. That’s why we decided to compile a list of the top IPAs of 2021.

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head are brewers that love their IPAs, as they have produced multiple delicious, different varieties. This beer in particular, the 60 minute IPA, has an ABV of about 6%. It is an outstandingly bold, crisp beer that reviewers say carries an ‘explosion’ of flavor and crispness. Because of this, Dogfish Head and their 60 minute IPA are at the top of our list.

Stone IPA

This well-respected IPA is popular across the country—and for good reason. With its high hops content, piney flavors, and notes of citrus, this IPA is full of delicious flavors. The Stone IPA contains subtle hints of malt to balance out its flavors, creating a beer that almost anyone would want to drink after a long day in the sun. This IPA also rings in with a higher alcohol percentage of 6.9%.

Founders All Day IPA

Founders All Day IPA made it onto our list of top IPAs this year for a few reasons. Not only is this beer pretty easy to find, but it won’t break your bank either. This IPA is full of citrus notes and goes perfectly with long summer days with friends. With an alcohol percentage of about 5%, the All Day IPA makes for a great, light beer to drink without feeling too weighed down if you want a few.

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

Named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is one of the most popular IPAs across the country. Full of hops, citrus, malts, and delicate hints of fruit, this IPA is delicious no matter the time of year. It’s also a great start for people that are just diving into the world of IPAs. This beer pairs great with summer barbeques and days out on the lake, and its ABV rings in at 7%, meaning that you’re in for a good time.

Finding Your Favorite New IPA

IPAs show off the skills of the breweries that create them by combining ingredients like malts, hops, barley, and more to create unique beers with complex flavor profiles. As IPAs become more and more popular, more and more new styles are being worked on by breweries everywhere.

Whether you’re interested in trying a new IPA or you want to stock up on an old favorite, you can find what you’re looking for at Payless Liquors. With our vast collection of IPAs and many other styles, you’re bound to find something new to love. Check out our full beer selection over on our website!

Top 5 Red Wines to Help You Undwind

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For many of us around the world, there is nothing quite like relaxing with a fine glass of red wine at the end of a long day.

Wine can play a much larger role in aiding in relaxation than many people tend to give it credit for. There are multiple ways to unwind with wine and use it as a form of self-care or delicious nightcap. In fact, there are even certain wines that can help you relax more than others. To help you with your journey on the destress express, we put together a list of some of the best red wines to settle down with after a hard day.

5 Best Red Wines to Help You Relax

  1. Altos Las Hormingas Malbec Reserve

One reason we started off the list with this lovely Malbec is because Malbecs contain more antioxidants than any other red wine. Antioxidants are crucial in helping your body function properly as well as fortifying your ability to combat stress, making antioxidant-rich Malbecs the perfect option for your night of relaxation. Argentina is known for their fine wines made from Malbec grapes, giving their flavor profiles a unique, rich taste with hints of berries. Altos Las Hormingas Malbec Reserve is an amazing Argentinian red wine that can help you unwind.

  1. Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir is a consistent top choice for wine lovers across the country and a great option for anyone seeking a delicious red wine with lots of benefits.  Pinot Noirs are packed full of the plant-based compound resveratrol, which not only has recently been found to help with anxiety and depression, but also in reducing stress levels. Resveratrol can be found in the skin of many different kinds of grapes. When you drink this wine, you will feel your endorphins flowing, accompanied by the subtle hint of cherries and cinnamon.

  1. Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This Cabernet Sauvignon is a consistently delicious red wine that is also great for helping people unwind. Cabernet Sauvignons are high in polyphenols and resveratrol, making them a good choice for people who want to relax with their wine. The Silver Oak Alexander Valley cab is known for its bold flavors and complexity.’

  1. Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino

As we mentioned before, Malbecs are full of antioxidants and other health benefits, and it could be argued that nowhere does them better than Argentina. This Argentinian Malbec is top-rated by almost everyone who tries it. It consists of floral spices with hints of smoke and blueberry and is the perfect option to destress any night.

  1. Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir

Rounding out our list of red wines to help you unwind is another delicious Pinot Noir. Coming from high-quality vineyards that practice low-impact farming methods, these high-quality grapes are farmed with the utmost care, creating a full-bodied red with notes of blackberry and oak.

Finding Your Favorite Red Wine to Unwind

Here at Payless Liquors, we understand more than anyone how much a fine glass of wine can help you relax. That’s why we offer a multitude of red wines from all over the world, so you can find the perfect pair for you. From Pinot Noirs to Malbecs, we have you covered.

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History of the Piña Colada

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The piña colada is one of the most loved summer drinks across the world. But not many people know where the piña colada actually originated from or how it was created in the first place. What are the roots of this sweet, tropical drink? Surprisingly, this cocktail might be a lot older than most people might think. Here’s a little dive into the mysterious origins of the piña colada.

The Early Roots of the Piña Colada

Tales of this cocktail can be traced all the way back to the early 1800s, where a well-known Puerto Rican pirate by the name of Roberto Cofresí (El Pirata Cofresí) was said to have created the earliest form of the piña colada by mixing white rum, pineapple, and coconut milk together. But when Cofresí died around 1825, the drink seemed to die out with him.

The Origination of the Modern Piña Colada

It wasn’t until the early 1950s that a similar version of Roberto Cofresí’s pineapple cocktail was created again. The modern piña colada that most of us know and love actually originates from San Juan, Puerto Rico. This version arose much after the pirate Roberto Cofresí had already passed away. Though a few local bartenders at this time all claim to be the original creators of the piña colada (and there is no way to fully disprove any of their stories), the most frequently-credited creator of the modern version of this drink is Ramón “Monchito” Marrero, who claims he first made the cocktail in 1952.  Marrero worked for the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar and was often trying to create new drinks.

The English translation of the Spanish term “piña colada” literally means “strained pineapple.” The cocktail that Ramón Marrero created back at the Hilton’s bar consisted of a mix of coconut cream, pineapple juice, and Puerto Rican rum. This ultimately turned out to be one of the most loved mixed drinks around town and immediately gained popularity.

After its creation in the 1950s, the cocktail took off all around Puerto Rico. In fact, in 1978—just after around 20 years of its existence—Puerto Rico decided to make the piña colada the country’s national drink. From then on, the piña colada has been a staple summer drink in bars across the world.

Classic Piña Colada Recipe pina colada

Now after learning about the history of this sweet drink, there is no better way than to celebrate by making your own. Here is a classic, basic piña colada recipe:

  • 4 oz coconut cream
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 4 oz rum
  • 2/3 cup ice

Making the Perfect Piña Colada

Ultimately, there is no cocktail that tastes quite like the piña colada. Here at Payless Liquors, we know how important it is to use the best ingredients for your cocktails. That’s why we offer a wide range of liquor, beer, and wine, so that our customers can make the drinks of their dreams.

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mint cocktails

The Power of Mint in 6 Summertime Cocktails

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While mint can technically be available year-round, it is much more accessible in the summer. Mint pairs perfectly with many summertime cocktails because it is so light and refreshing. When many think of mint cocktails, they automatically go to mojitos. While there’s no denying that the mojito is an amazing summer drink, it is just one of many that incorporate the use of mint. If you are looking to branch out with your mint-infused cocktail choices this summer, know that there are plenty to try. Here are our choices for the most fun summer drinks that feature mint beyond the mojitos.

 

Mint Julep

This is a classic that should never be underestimated or forgotten. And you shouldn’t limit it to the Kentucky Derby, either. We like to use bourbon, mint, and simple syrup with a dash of bitters—and, of course, a garnish of fresh mint.

 

Whiskey Smash

Revive an old 1880s mint favorite this summer. A distant cousin to the Mint Julep is the Whiskey Smash—a similar concoction with a citrus twist. Start with whiskey and add lemon, fresh mint, and a bit of your favorite sweetener. Serve over crushed ice. What we love about the Whiskey Smash is that you can use it with your favorite summer fruits and herbs as they come into harvest. Try blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, basil, and more. You can also swap out the whiskey for vodka or bourbon if you want to experiment a bit further.

South Side

To prepare for a summertime South Side cocktail, grab your cocktail shaker and add some ice. Chill your favorite martini glass as you prep. Pour gin, fresh lime, simple syrup, and fresh mint into the shaker. Vigorously shake before straining into the martini glass. Float more fresh mint on top for the perfect South Side.

 

Jalapeño Mint Margarita

What’s better than a margarita in the summer? A spicy, mint margarita in the summer, of course. The Jalapeño Mint Margarita adds a kicked-ed notch to a refreshing summertime favorite. Start with jalapeño-infused tequila and add fresh mint, fresh lime, agave nectar, and ice. Be sure to use pink Himalayan salt to rim your margarita glass.

 

Maid in Scotland

The Maid in Scotland is perfect if you’re looking for something crisp this season. Choose a 12-year single malt scotch and add lime juice, simple syrup, cucumber slices, and mint leaves. Don’t forget to shake.

 

Grasshopper

This blended minty favorite doubles as a dessert and only requires three ingredients plus ice: creme de menthe, white creme de cacao, and heavy cream. It’s simple and delicious. We love it as an adult summer treat—perfect for hanging out on a warm summer night on the deck, porch, or patio after a barbeque.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to mint in your summertime cocktails. Grab some fresh mint and experiment using your own creativity, or try our suggestions from the list above. Be sure to stop in at Payless Liquors and check out what we have in stock, or use our convenient pre-order and curbside pick-up options.

 

Sources:

https://www.liquor.com/mint-cocktails-5176117

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/g26858018/mint-cocktails/

https://www.saveur.com/mint-julep-cocktails-recipes/

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5 Brunch Cocktails for Summer of 2021

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Brunch is always a fun time, but that is especially true in the summer months, where you can venture around and enjoy the sunshine outdoors. When people think of brunch, the typical cocktail selections usually consist of bloody marys or mimosas. While these are solid brunch choices, there are so many other options out there to try, too. Don’t overlook the brunch must-haves on this list. These awesome cocktails are sure to impress your guests and get the party started.

75 Redux

This is a great brunch take on the French 75, which substitutes cognac for gin. Combine cognac with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. All you need to do is then shake it and strain it into a champagne flute. Top with a healthy pour of your favorite extra dry champagne and a lemon peel garnish.

Seelbach

Bourbon and orange will pack the right punch to get your brunch soiree off to a strong start. The Seelbach is much stiffer than your standard champagne cocktail. You start with curaçao and bourbon in a champagne flute. Then add bitters and top with sparkling wine.

Sangria Lemonade

There are plenty of ways to booze up lemonade, but we like using light rum and a dry, oaky chardonnay. Start with a simple homemade lemonade to impress your brunch guests (consider keeping some of it aside for non-drinkers and anyone underage; it’s a great non-alcoholic brunch beverage offering). Upgrade the rest of the lemonade to a sangria lemonade, adding fresh raspberries, sliced oranges, and granny smith apples. Be sure to chill it in the fridge for at least an hour before you serve for best results.

Raspberry Mimosas

No list of brunch cocktails would be complete without a spin on the classic mimosa. We love a good raspberry mimosa in the summer. Feel free to use blackberries, cherries, or blueberries as a substitution. The berries are fresh and you can get them local, so they’re a perfect addition to brunch. Make your own raspberry sorbet if you want to get fancy, or buy it in-store. Many recipes call for sparkling Moscato, but we prefer using a brut or extra dry champagne to balance out the sweetness of the Chambord.

To create a raspberry mimosa, drop a scoop of the sorbet into the champagne glass (with a sugar rim) and top with Chambord. Add your sparkly of choice and top with fresh berries.

Champagne Mules

This one is like a Moscow Mule but with a mimosa twist. Instead of ginger beer, this recipe calls for champagne. Combine vodka, champagne, fresh lime, and a splash of ginger liquor for a perfect brunch addition. Don’t forget the fresh lime and mint for the garnish.

We hope that something on our list of brunch favorites piqued your interest. Always remember that when you serve stronger drinks like these at brunch, you should include appetizers, too. Stop into stock up on everything you need for hosting your next brunch. Your guests will love something a little different!

Sources:

https://www.foodandwine.com/drinks/5-brunch-cocktails-beat-hell-out-mimosa

https://www.delish.com/cooking/g55/brunch-cocktail-recipes/

https://www.supercall.com/entertaining/brunch-drinks-mimosa-alternatives