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What Proof is Vodka?

What Proof is Vodka?

If you’re wondering…what proof is vodka? I’m sure you’ll find the overly common answer…80 proof. Although that’s somewhat correct, it’s not entirely true. Yes, a vast majority of vodka in the U.S. is 80 proof. In fact, U.S. regulations require vodka to be at least 80 proof. However, the spirit can be 100 or even 120 proof. Here I’ll explain the alcohol proofing system and alcohol by volume (ABV).

The Best Bourbon(s) for an Old Fashioned

The Best Bourbon(s) for an Old Fashioned

What’s the best bourbon for an old fashioned? Look no further, we’ve compiled an amazing list of the very best bourbon whiskeys to use in an Old Fashioned.

Aperol Negroni

Aperol Negroni

If you’re hesitant about whether you like the Aperol Negroni at first, don’t be. Let the cocktail sit for a few minutes, so the flavors and aromas settle. Then take a few more sips and wait. Soon you’ll start to taste the various flavors each ingredient adds and respect the drink for what it is. A quick trip to Italy in a blazon-orange glass.

Is Tequila a Stimulant or Depressant?

Is Tequila a Stimulant or Depressant?

Is tequila a stimulant or depressant? Well, the crazy antics that often result from a tequila binge has given it the reputation that it’s not like other spirits, that it’s the “upper” spirit. It seems to give people so much…energy. So is tequila a stimulant or is it a depressant? Here’s the truth.

The Negroni

The Negroni

The Negroni is a classic “spirit-forward” Italian cocktail. The drink’s a popular apéritif: a drink that’s served before a meal to help stimulate an appetite. It’s quite easy to make, you’ll need three basic ingredients: equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth…finish with an orange garnish. 

The French 75

The French 75

The French 75 is the perfect combination of gin, freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and simple syrup…nicely topped with a bubbly layer of champagne. The cocktail’s surprisingly similar to the Tom Collins, except the French 75 replaces club soda with sparkling wine.

Black Russian

Black Russian

The Black Russian cocktail’s sweet and simple. There’s not much to the drink, just a 2:1 ratio of vodka to coffee liqueur – draped over a bed of fresh ice. The cocktail takes me back to simpler times: childishly nestled on the couch watching classic movies with my grandfather…as he slowly sipped away…

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini is a delicious combination of morning and afternoon. Technically, it’s not a martini since it doesn’t contain either gin or vermouth. But it’s respectable enough to keep its name. The Espresso Martini calls for vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur, and crème de cacao.

White Russian

White Russian

You’ll only need three ingredients to make a White Russian cocktail: vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream. The cocktail’s simple, sweet, and potent with ingredients that mingle perfectly in the glass.

Classic Manhattan

Classic Manhattan

The Manhattan was once the most popular cocktail in the world. Since then the cocktail’s dominance has faded, but it’s making a come back. You can use rye, bourbon, or blended whiskey: add sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters – stir – then garnish with a cherry. That’s a Classic Manhattan…perfect.

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule’s one of the easiest and most refreshing cocktails you can make! It’s a deliciously simple drink that’s perfectly suited for any occasion. The Mule offers a sharp ginger taste, dash of lime, and a reliable base of vodka served in a traditional copper mug.

The Original Cuban Mojito

The Original Cuban Mojito

The Original Cuban Mojito’s a highball staple that’ll never go out of style. As legend goes, the birth of the Mojito came in the 16th century when the plundering Englishman, Sir Frances Drake, ventured ashore in Cuba looking for a scurvy remedy for him and his crew. They came upon a local mixture of crude rum born from sugar cane, lime juices, and mint.