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Drinks to Warm You Up This Holiday Season

As the winter months bring more chilly winter days, getting creative and finding new drink recipes is a great way to have fun while staying warm this holiday season! Wither it’s a switch-up on an old classic or you are looking to try something new, there are plenty of drinks that can remind you of the holidays while expanding your drinking pallet and keeping warm. Below are a few ideas for your next round.

Warm Orange Maple Old Fashioned

A drink that earned the name the old fashioned has stood the test of time. An orange maple old fashioned is similar to the beverage, but with a twist. Add boiling water to maple bourbon and combine with muddled sugar and bitters. Complete with a cinnamon stick garnish and an orange peel. This drink is sure to be a holiday hit and warm you up from the inside out!

Holiday Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a classic drink that everyone should try at some point! For a holiday take on the classic bourbon hot toddy, spice things up by adding any type of holiday spiced liquor such as pumpkin or peppermint. Plus, since this drink is tea based it’s perfect to drink morning, afternoon, or night! We recommend asking your bartender what options they have for the holidays so you can try something new and bold, you will not be disappointed.

Cranberry Gin and Tonic

Grab your classic gin and tonic and add a little bit of holiday cheer by adding come cranberry juice and garnishing with a lime, mint, or rosemary. This drink is perfect for someone who would like a cold drink but does not want anything too sugary or sweet. This beverage is the perfect balance of alcohol and festive seasonal berries so you enjoy the holidays in more ways than one.

Final Thoughts

Have fun this season knowing you don’t have to stick with your typical beer or wine. These holiday cocktails are sure to bring festive flavors and help open doors for many more festive drinks this holiday season! Spice things up while staying warm by trying one of the drinks above at your local bar Johnny’s Bar & Grill.

Process of Making Tequila

Tequila is a popular alcohol in North America, but its origins can be traced back to Mexico. It was first made by the Aztec people, who used the blue agave plants that were naturally grown on the land. Agave plants produce a natural liquid and are an important part of tequila. From margaritas to tequila shots, this alcoholic beverage can be used for a variety of bar drinks.

Harvesting

The first step of the tequila-making process is harvesting the beautiful blue agave plant. This task requires manual labor. Mexican farmer workers, as known as “Jimadores”, carefully carve out a special portion of the plant. To get the ripest part, the Jimadores use a knife called a “Coa” to remove the center piece. The center of the agave plant produces the most juice and sugars, which makes for the best tequila.

Cooking

Once the agave is removed, it is shipped over to a facility where they can start cooking the plant. It is cooked and softened to start the juice extraction. In brick ovens or steel autoclaves, the plant is injected with steam at 100 ⁰C to extract a liquid called “cooking honey”. The extraction process takes place over a couple hours until the liquid can finally be removed. Next, it is combined with a solution of sugars. It is important to note – the agave should not be overcooked! If it is overcooked, the tequila may retain a smoky flavor, which is not desirable.

 Fermentation and Distillation

The fermentation process involves yeast, water, and the agave juice. The combination of these three ingredients is called “Mosto”. The fermentation takes place in either wood or stainless steel vats for several days to convert the sugars into alcohol.

After fermentation of the ingredients are finished, a cloudy or milky liquid is produced. Next, the second distillation transforms the milky liquid into clear silver Tequila. Some distilleries go as far as three distillations!

 

Bottling and Aging

After the steps above are completed, the tequila can be bottled for consumption. Tequila can also be aged in wooden barrels for a richer, deeper flavor. Some companies may choose to enhance the flavor with natural colorants and sweeteners to alter the taste. So if you’re drinking Tequila Silver or sometimes called “Tequila Blanco”, it is clear and typically un-aged. With Tequila Reposado, the tequila is rested and aged between 2 months and 11 months.

 Conclusion

From harvesting to bottling, the process of making tequila is something to be appreciated. The time and work involved in making this drink is worth it, especially for creating the perfect tequila-based beverage. So whether you want to drink it straight, or have it mixed in your margarita, choose tequila!

Comment down below your favorite tequila drink!

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