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Blue wine is a thing- and people are hugely confused
Remember that time when you became an adult and felt like you should stop pretending to enjoy fizzy alcopops that dominated your youth? Though, some people apparently had a rough time letting go. A brand new breed of wine is about to arrive in the US, and it’s blue. Upon this news, savvy alcopoppers are all noting that this drink looks remarkably like WKD. A Spanish-based winemaker has launched Gik Live in order to defy the traditional constraints of alcohol production. So far, it has sold in 25 countries, which includes the UK. However, none of the brand’s founders have had any ex..
People who finish the Cardiff Half Marathon 2017 will receive alcohol
If you’ve signed up to the Cardiff Half Marathon, you could be rewarded with a free glass of fizz or a pint of beer. The race is set to go ahead on October 1st, and the individuals that finish will be able to celebrate in style, thanks to Brains who are working with the marathon organisers. According to reports, this year 25,000 runners have booked their places in Cardiff, and the finishers can have a free drink at one of 13 pubs following the course. A free pint of beer or a refreshing glass of Prosecco is on offer. All runners have to do is show off their finishers medals for a drin..
The bluffer’s guide to wine: pretending you are a sommelier
According to published figures, the UK is the sixth biggest wine consumer in the world. Back in 2013, we packed away approximately 53.3 million nine-litre cases of white wine, and 55.2 million red. So yes, we do drink a lot of wine although most of us probably know very little about it. Here’s a bluffer’s guide to get stuck in and let people think you know all about the UK’s favourite tipple. Like it It may sound basic, but the basics are pretty important. If you aren’t keen on it then it doesn’t matter how many gold medals its won, you probably still won’t like it. Therefore, stick to ..
Should we be drinking wine at breakfast?
For many people, the rich aroma of freshly fried bacon is what mornings smells like, whilst the fruity smells of wine are a sign that evening has arrived. However, what would happen if we got rid of coffee beans and replace it for a glass of merlot at 8am? Whilst this may sound outrageous, countries such as France and Spain are known for glugging an alcoholic beverage in the morning. Just imagine being someone who can drink responsibly, even in the morning, and say: “yes, I will have just one glass with my poached eggs this morning”. So, considering that we’ve fully adopted European coffee ..
Top tips for making top-notch cocktails at home
We’ve all imbibed our fair share of drinks at trendy cocktail bars, though after a while it becomes obvious that is isn’t all about fancy spirits or the enthusiasm with which you shake the cocktail shaker. Often, it is the little things which make a difference, certain things which can take our own cocktails from good to restaurant-worthy. Many of the tips below have less to do with the actual creation of the cocktail, and more to do with re-creating that special feeling of sipping a restaurant inspired tipple in our living room. Here’s some tips on how to make top-notch cocktails at home. ..
Everything you need to know about alcohol units
With many of us enjoying some alcoholic beverages over the summer, it’s questionable whether we really know what a unit of alcohol is. An alcohol unit is defined as 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. Due to alcohol coming in numerous strengths and sizes, units are the only way to accurately measure the strength of a drink and its affects on our bodies. According to the Drinkaware website, “it takes an average adult around an hour to process one unit of alcohol so that there’s none left in their bloodstream, although it varies from person to person.” So basically, a 284ml half pint of beer wh..
Research unveils that alcohol consumption improves memory
Many of us have woken up of a morning with a fuzzy head and a slim recollection of the night before. So, it may in fact surprise you that drinking alcohol can improve your memory. According to a study that’s been carried out by the University of Exeter, people who drink alcohol after studying information have an overall better chance of remembering what they’ve learnt. Over the course of the study, researched asked 88 people to complete a work-learning task where the participants had to drink as much as much as they wanted afterwards. The study was split into two groups. The other gro..
Ordering Wine: 3 Colossal Mistakes You’re Making at Restaurants
There’s a massive stigma around choosing wine when you go to dine at restaurants, but we think that there really shouldn’t be. At the end of the day, with some common sense, it can actually be super easy to pick a beautiful wine to accompany your food. We don’t need to be wine experts to know what nice wine is; all we need to know is to not be afraid. Below, we’ve put together the three most frequently made wine related mistakes to avoid whilst dining at restaurants. If you avoid doing these then you are sure to enjoy your restaurant experience a whole lot more. Choosing a wine because it’s..
Does drinking wine cause snoring?
Usually people snore when the oropharynx- the part between the top of the trachea and the back of the mouth- becomes blocked. Although alcohol scientifically relaxes muscles, therefore can allow tissue in the back of the mouth to drop and obstruct the usual breathing techniques. Despite this reasonable explanation, the connection between snoring and the consumption of alcohol hasn’t been looked at or studied in a great amount of depth. Nonetheless, doctors which specialise in sleeping disorders, which include snoring, recommend avoiding alcohol, especially wine, before going to sleep. ..
Australian man checks in beer for flight
An Australian passenger decided to travel light on a flight from Melbourne to Perth. Unconventionally he did this by checking in a can of beer. The man did this by checking in just a single can of Emu Export lager. This was spotted by other passengers while it was making its way around an airport baggage carousel. The passenger, which has only been identified as Dean, said he was shocked that his beer had got through the journey on Saturday. In a statement he said, “One of my mates works at the airport and he and I were wondering what I could check as luggage and get away with – a sin..
Australian man checks in beer for flight
An Australian passenger decided to travel light on a flight from Melbourne to Perth. Unconventionally he did this by checking in a can of beer. The man did this by checking in just a single can of Emu Export lager. This was spotted by other passengers while it was making its way around an airport baggage carousel. The passenger, which has only been identified as Dean, said he was shocked that his beer had got through the journey on Saturday. In a statement he said, “One of my mates works at the airport and he and I were wondering what I could check as luggage and get away with – a sin..
Reason why you should add a pickle to your beer
During a scorching summer’s afternoon, a sip of beer can be just what you need. But refreshing lagers are encouraging consumers to add a new addition to its ingredients- the humble pickle. The peculiar pairing is said to be encouraged by Joe McClure, a pickle producer from Michigan. In a recent interview he stated that, “It complements the lager because of the slight vinegar and salt notes that get picked up,” "Pickles are the perfect snack: cucumbers soaked in evil," he adds. The pickled flavours which are said to go well with beer are those that are covered in garlic and chilli. ..
British Summertime Increases Drinks Sales
It looks to us at Drinks Shop that British Summertime has decided to show its warm face. Working, or doing anything in general, makes our mood a whole lot brighter when we are surrounded by sunshine. In our industry, summertime is just a small portion of the year where we very much look forward to selling drinks in the beautifully warm weather. Let’s face it, a refreshing cocktail or a chilled beer is so much more welcomed on a sunny day isn’t it? There’s absolutely nothing better than relaxing in your garden after a long day at work with a glass of alcohol from Drinks Shop. We all know ..
Top 3 health benefits of drinking beer
Of course, you probably have beer to thank for helping you find your partner, spurring on some of your greatest stories, and unveiling your hideous dance moves, but it turns out there are a lot of other awesome, scientifically proven reasons to swig a good beer. Beer could safeguard your heart, boost your immunity, protect your bones, and much much more. So, ready, set, and drink up. Beer Benefit 1: Protect your heart Wine is usually the alcoholic beverage that gets tonnes of credit according to cutting back your cardiovascular disease risk. However, beer may be just as healthy. Re..
3 Insanely fun drinking games you’ve never heard of
Just in case you need more reason to have a tipple with your friends tonight, we’ve put together some of the most insanely fun drinking games that you’ve never (probably never) heard of. Here at Drinks Shop we are huge fans of drinking games, and what better way to have a laugh and do some bonding? These games can be played during a hen/stag do, a birthday celebration, or just a night out on a Saturday night. Let us know which one is your favourite, we would love to know!   Most Likely   Everyone should sit in a circle, and one player asks a “most likely” que..
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