Frank's Home Bar Essentials

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5097/5457688380_89dd53ed39.jpgGin

Now against urban myth Gin isn’t all about tears and teacups, once you’ve used it a couple of times you’ll begin to recognise how flavourful this spirit is and how versatile it can be with a wide range of ingredients. For quality Hayman’s London Dry Gin is our go-to. Combining ten premium botanicals to create a crisp and elegant flavour Hayman’s is a premium classic style designed to be used with both the traditional and contemporary gin drinks like the Martini and the Tom Collins

 

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5057/5457688330_530065cc93.jpgTequila

Again running against the running belief, Tequila isn’t just for the hard man or for the blender.  Real tequila is made from a small region in Mexico from 100% Blue Agave, and has a delicious earthy element to it.  Tequila is the base spirit for many of the popular drinks you may want to serve the most well-known being the Margarita. When purchasing a bottle you can’t go wrong with the choice of the home country - Mexico’s top-selling tequila el Jimador (pronounced el-heem-ah-door) is a premium authentic tequila crafted from a natural production process using 100% agave, the result is a smooth and balanced taste that is easy to enjoy - Salud!

 

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5294/5477274661_094fde3b4e.jpgRum

Made from a base of molasses, Rum has an inherent sweetness which is moderated by spice to create one of the most versatile mixing spirits. White rums are either unaged, or aged and then filtered, whereas darker rums are aged in barrels, giving them their characteristic colour.

When it comes to Rum you can’t go past the Carribean, and when it comes to award winning blends you can’t go past Stolen with their Aged White Rum blending centuries of Trinidadian rum history to meet the discerning palate for your perfect Espresso Martini, or the Old Fashioned

 

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5260/5457081993_48143a61d6.jpgCognac

Is a brandy that has been produced in the Cognac region of France and is the result of distilling fermented wine. Good brandy should have a pleasant nose, butterscotch and toasty flavours and be somewhat smooth going down. With more than 50 million bottles a year sold worldwide Hennessy is the must-have for your home bar whether to enjoy with a cigar, combined with Amaretto for a French Connection , or even a Cafe Amor’

 

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5175/5457845546_289c5b1710.jpgVodka 

Made from starch (e.g., wheat, potatoes) and sugar (sugar beet, sugar cane, grapes) Vodka is a neutral spirit and is why it's the base in many popular cocktails like White Russians through to Bloody Marys. Produced in Åhus, Sweden, ABSOLUT is the world’s leading premium vodka, with a reputation of creating exceptional drinks for any occasion.

 

 

From that base of spirits, now we turn to the essential liqueurs, click through to read on...

 
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  • Charlotte says
    Well me and my bestfriend want to be bar tenders in London next year, knowing all the flips and tricks. So for her 19th birthday in a few months we're having a cocktail party, and for the first half of the night we're going to be the bar tenders. Its going to be so much fun but we need all the practise we can get. So winning this Prize pack would be an amazing opportunity to get better at mixing drinks. We are the two most smiley, silly, bubbly girls you can possibly find and we definitly know our alcohol. Our fave, cheap weekend drink is Absolut Vodka, raspberry chordial and lemonade. Our fave shots are Q.F's and we are pro's at making and drinking them. My all time fave drink is strawberry daquiri's and my BFF's is long island iced tea :)

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