Top 5 Gin Brands and Best Gin
Originally named by its creator Franciscus de la Boe (a.k.a. Dr. Sylvius) as Genièvre, the English (the innovators they are) shortened the name to Gin to make ordering faster and also…pronounceable. Now with many more distilleries in the game, gin has found a place in America as low grade liquor. But don’t be fooled, a higher class gin may be cheaper than a regular bottle of rum or vodka, but it still makes for some great cocktails and awesome man drinks. For those times when you’re looking to mix it up, take a look below at the suggested best Gin brands and surprise everyone the next time you’re out with a well ordered drink. A real drinker knows the greats of every liquor…not just Grey Goose and Johnny Walker.
1. Bombay Sapphire
Never over $40, this English gin mixture is widely known as one of the best gin brands and is easily one of the most widely consumed as well. With its smooth kick and its electric blue bottle, it’s as delicious as its bottle is titillating. Adds color to any drink and has a few specialties of its own like the Sapphire Savoy or the Sapphire Negroni. People tend to be weary of jumping in the Gin pool, but if you’re going to stick your toes in, this is the one start to test out.
Staying on the “blue” train, if you want to have an original, you’re going to want to go with Magellan Gin. Naturally blue in color, Magellan can run you upwards of $50, but it will certainly be worth it when you take a taste. Gin quality is based on the quality of water it’s used to distill with, and Magellan uses some of the best spring water and distilled resources a liquor producer can use. Distilled through such crisp, clean water can only produce remarkably smooth liquor. Magellan has also been around since 1519, so if you want a Gin that has experience and you can trust; try looking like you know something no one else does by ordering this drink.
Never heard of it? Not many have. Conservatively priced at $35, if you want to order something that is different, or you want to bring a bottle to the party that will stand out, this is the way to go. G’Vine has two Gins, Flouraison and Nouaison, both having both a fruity and floral scent. Distilled with spring waters and various ripened berries, this will be a Gin every lady will enjoy and men won’t mind adding to their drinks for an extra punch of flavor. This is a perfect drink when you want to turn your regular gin and tonic up a notch.
You can’t really talk Gins without mentioning Plymouth. An easy buy around $25, this stuff was originally made popular by gaining recognition as being “navy strength” at 57% abv and consisting 1000 barrels at a time to the Royal Navy. The originator of the dry martini, this Gin has taste, age (1793), originality and history to propel it to being one of the best in the world. If you are ever unsure of Gins, but you want to look like an original, you cannot go wrong with ordering a martini with Plymouth. James Bond anyone?
5. Leopold Bros.
The one thing that most of the gins (well all) on this list have in common is that they are made somewhere that is not the US. Well here is some American love in the form of a rich and flavorful Gin distilled by the Leopold Bros. Named by Wall Street as the best American Gin, this bottle comes classic, no frills about it. Hand bottled and hand labled, Leopold Bros. work on the platform of “attention to detail” and go the extra step to ensure each barrel is brewed and distilled the way that exact barrel needs to be. That extra effort it something you’ll taste in each drop of this Gin.
Top 10 Absinthe Brands and Best Absinthe
It’s no secret that throughout history absinthe has reached taboo status. This status was evolved from absinthe being known to contain a chemical called Thujone. Thujone was believed to cause various hallucinations and lucid effects on the mind and body. Thujone is was sparked the ban of absinthe in the United States in 1915. It was eventually proved to be misinformation and false.
Authentic Absinthe(Containing Wormwood) is now legal in the United States for purchase and consumption. Picking up a bottle of any liquor can be overwhelming, and the ignorance of knowledge behind absinthe can make this process even more difficult. This article will provide everything you need to know in regards to the best absinthe brands and ways to drink absinthe traditionally.
Just like any other spirit available for purchase, there is plenty of crap available at the store; This alcohol store filler either tastes bad or doesn’t even follow the tradtional absinthe recipe. This article will also attempt to keep you from those absinthe brands that are not of the highest quality. Now on to the good stuff, bring on the green fairy!
Absinthe Rose to popularity in France and Switzerland somewhere around the 18th century. Drinks containing Wormwood have been used for medicine for over a thousand years. Just because a drink contains wormwood, it doesn’t make it Absinthe. Absinthe is much more complex than containing wordwood as an ingredient. Some of these non-absinthe drinks are Vermouth, Pio, Unowka, Aquavits, and Scandinavian besk.
Absinthe is a alcohol spirit that is flavored from wormwood and anise. Absinthe is distilled from fennel, absinthium, and anise. Absinthe is believed to get its name from the french name “grande absinthe” and possibly the absinthium has something to do with it as well.
Absinthe is known to posses an aquired herbal taste. It’s usually a common misconception that absinthe is very bitter. While brands of absinthe are bitter, it’s often not as much as its reputation would suggest it to be. Another popular misconception is that pre-ban absinthe tastes different than the post-ban absinthe. While this may ring true in some cases it’s not always the case either. brands of Absinthe is also known to come in a variety or flavors, packaging, and styles.
The taste of absinthe has been known to be synounomous with the taste of black licorice. This comparison is fair, considering that the majority of licorice brands are flavored with star anise oil. This flavoring is used in high volume in the lower quality brands of absinthe. The high quality brands of absinthe are known to use green anise, which is known to produce a superior flavor and balance.
Absinthe facts & myths
• Absinthe in the U.S. is authentic absinthe
• Thujone is not a recreational drug
• Absinthe doesn’t cause hallucinations & lucid effects
• Stick with clear and naturally colored absinthe brands
• Thujone is not the main absinthe ingredient and should not be marketed as such
• Absinthe brands should always be distilled
• Absinthe is liquor not liqueur. Stay away from absinthe liqueur
• Only imitation absinthe brands are very bitter
• Pre-ban absinthe thujone level was not any higher than today’s authentic brands
• Absinthe is not bottled with sugar
How to drink Absinthe
Brands of Absinthe are known to be very high in alcohol percentage and proof, usually in the 50% to 80% range (100 to 160 proof); Common liquor is generally around 30% (60 proof).
Absinthe is meant to be diluted with three to five parts ice water and served with one part absinthe. You can also mix in absinthe into various cocktails and shooters.
Light absinthe on fire?
Absinthe is very alcoholic and can be very dangerous when lit on fire. The traditional way to drink absinthe is mentioned above and does not include anywhere that mentions lighting it on fire before shooting or drinking. Obviously people are known to light it on fire before shooting it, but that is very dangerous and ruins the taste. If you’re into drinking absinthe for the wow factor or simply to say you have before, then this is obviously where you might attempt something like this in dumb ignorance.
The types of absinthe
Top 10 Absinthe brands in the world
1. L’Ancienne – Quality, replicates the flavors of a pre-ban absinthe.
2. Perroquet – Great wormwood flavor and balance.
3. La Grenouille – High quality absinthe from the Czech Republic.
4. Perroquet Barrel Aged – Aged in oak and delicious.
5. Jade PF 1901 – Recipe is based of a pre-ban absinthe recipe.
6. Sauvage – Excellent absinthe from France.
7. Brevans A.O. Spare – Quality absinthe all around.
8. La Maison Fontaine – Worwood centric blanche.
9. Veuve Verte – A well kept secret among absinthe fans.
10. Berthe de Joux – Strong and herbal.
Best USA Absinthe brands
1. Ridge Verte – America’s best. Reigns from Montana.
2. Pacifique – Darkhorse favorite from the Pac-northwest.
3. Ridge Blanche – Uncolored and quality again from Montana.
4. Jade Nouvelle Orleans – New Orleans. Unique. Amazing.
5. Duplais Blanche – Very light blance absinthe.
6. Walton Waters – Has an outdoor feel to it.
7. Meadow of Love – Very delicate absinthe.
8. Marteau – Spicy and delicious from a society founder.
9. Leopold Brothers Verte – Has a flower attribute to it and quality tasting.
10. La Clandestine – Very popular and for good reason.
Top 10 Underrated Liquor Brands and best liquor
I always find myself overwhelmed with possible drink choices when I go out with friends for a night on the town, and end up taking the easy route with a Simple Whiskey or Rum drink. Pour in a little whiskey, add in a little cola. My night has begun; It gets old after a while.
After years of doing so at an alarming rate, ordering the same set of drinks and shots when i’m out with friends or simply craving a drink. I figured out this just didn’t stop at the type of drink or shot. I also found myself sticking with the same two or three brands of liquor as well. In an attempt to become more sporadic, I began to research various types of alcohol and liquor brands. I quickly found that there was an entirely new world of booze and liquor I had yet to conquer.
Chances are your local bar offers thousands of possible liquor and Alcohol combinations, so where to start? I’ll attempt to get you started with this list of the top ten liquor brands you’re not drinking.
I’m fully aware that some people out there have tried all of these liquor brands and are awesome at everything in life. This top 10 list wasn’t made for you. I made it for the other 99% of the people on earth.
Alcohol Strength: 35% (70 Proof)
Hard to find?: No
I love everything about Barenjager. The taste, the alcohol proof, how fun it is to take shots of. Barenjager is a honey liqueur that packs a strong punch. When you first take a shot of it, it hits you with a strong alcohol taste. Within 3 seconds that taste turns into sweet beautiful honey nectar of the gods. Whenever I have friends coming over to pregame, i’ll grab a bottle at the store; so we can take shots. It’s a lot of fun when taking shots with your friends and watching everyones faces. Women seem to love this stuff as well.
Alcohol Strength: 40% (80 Proof)
Hard to find?: No
Goslings black rum isn’t your typical rum liquor brand. First off it’s black, and offers a unique taste. It feels so much different than every other rum liquor brand i’ve ever tried. I love the taste of goslings black rum and was tempted to make it number one on this liquor brand list. I could see how some might not like it, because it’s so different than convential tasting rum. In my opinion Goslings Black rum tastes best mixed with cola.
Alcohol Strength: 40% (80 Proof)
Hard to find?: Slightly
In keeping the same theme as the liquor brand mentioned before it, Luksusowa Vodka isn’t your typical vodka. It’s a potato vodka that brings amazing quality for the price it costs. I think it tastes better than the vast majority of premium vodka liquor brands and costs half as much. This vodka seems to be a little known vodka that deserves much more credit.
Alcohol Strength: 40% (80 Proof)
Hard to find?: Moderate
This aged tequila is so money. It has a unique taste which is pretty hard for tequila liquor brands. It’s easily one of the most underrated tequila brands in the world. Voodoo Tiki Tequila in my opinion is far better than Patron, Cabo Wabo, etc. The only con with this tequila is that it can sometimes be a little hard to find at your local store.
Alcohol Strength: 28% (56 Proof)
Hard to find?: No
Disaronno has really stepped up their marketing over the last couple of years, but I still don’t see it as a widly popular alcohol brand. Disaronno is a type of Amaretto that has an excellent almond flavor. This liqueur brand goes down well straight on the rocks or mixed. I personally love drinking Disaronno on the rocks. It’s just sweet enough to taste great, but still not be a total chick drink.
Alcohol Strength: 41% (82 Proof)
Hard to find?: Slightly
Sambuca is known to taste strongly like licorice when consumed. This alone makes Sambuca a hate it or love it liquor brand. If you don’t like the taste of licorice, then I would say you wouldn’t like this as well. If you do like the taste of licorice then go snag a bottle and you won’t be let down.
Country: USA (KY)
Alcohol Strength: 40% (80 Proof)
Hard to find?: No
A little known secret is that this gin liquor brand goes through the same process as other top shelf gin brands. This gin is severly underrated and avalable pretty much everywhere. If you like gin, do yourself a favor and get a bottle.
This gin goes through the same process as most top shelf gin. It might be the most underrated gin available in mass.
Country: USA (KY)
Alcohol Strength: 40% (80 Proof)
Hard to find?: No
I think Jim Bean hit a home rum with this liquor brand. Red stag has a great unique taste, but still is able to hold it’s man power. Red stag is a Bourbon that’s infused with black cherry. If you’re a boubon drinker and looking for something different and fun, then this might be your best shot.
Country: Italy (Southern)
Alcohol Strength: Varies
Hard to find?: Moderate
Limoncello is a great tasting lemon liqueur with a great kick. Everytime I visit Italy, I make it a must to pick up some limoncello. There’s a degree of nostalgia whenever I drink limoncello that brings back memories of Italy and great times.
Country: U.S Virgin Islands
Alcohol Strength: 46% (92 Proof)
Hard to find?: No
I have a love affair with this rum. It’s my personal favorite and I have strong bias towards it. For this reason I decided to put it a little lower on the list, I didn’t want my bias taking over. This rum has a nip of caramel and a serious kick at 92 proof. This rum is delcious and strong. It also doesn’t hurt that Sailor Jerry himself was known to be a kick ass tattoo artist and all around guy. The original most interesting man in the world? I say so.
I aimed to make this list simple for people out there to find great brands that aren’t overly mainstream. If you have any other brand suggestions, then send them in or comment below. I’m all about sharing the wealth!
Best Cocktails & best mixed drinks
Stumble into any place that serves alcohol and you’ll commonly find yourself overwhelmed with the possible choices for you to get your crunk on. Many poor souls fall into the repetive cycle of ordering the same mixed drink over and over again.
It gets old drinking that red bull/vodka after the 500th time. This article lists out the recipes for great mixed drinks and cocktails. You no longer have an excuse to order the same drink everytime you go out.
Mixed Drink & Cocktail Recipes
Popeye the sailor
1.3 oz Vodka
0.7 oz Martini Bianco
0.3 oz Blue Curaçao
4.0 oz Orange Juice
1.5 oz Vodka
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Heavy Milk Cream
2 oz Cachaça
2 tbsps Brown Sugar
8 Lime Wedge
1 oz Apricot Brandy
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Simple Syrup
Long Island Iced tea
0.5 oz Tequila
0.5 oz Bacardi
0.5 oz Gin
0.5 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Cointreau
1 dash Orange Juice
2 oz Coke
3 Lime Wedge
2 oz Jamaican Rum
0.5 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Orgeat Syrup
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Orange Liqueur
1 oz Cranberry Juice (Frozen Concentrate)
0.5 oz Lime Juice
2 oz Whisky
1 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz. Liqueur, orange
1 oz. Tequila, gold
1 oz. Tequila, white
1 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Lime Juice
3 oz. Vodka
1 1/2 oz. Pickle Juice
5 oz. Tomato Juice
2 dashes Pepper, white
1 pinch (celery) Salt
1/2 tsp. Horseradish
3 drops Steak Sauce
6 drops Tabasco Sauce
3 drops Worcestershire Sauce
2 oz. Gin
Fill with Carbonated Water/Club Soda
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 whole Cherries/Maraschinos
1 tsp. Sugar, powdered
1 slice Oranges
1 1/2 oz. Tequila, white 1 oz. Curacao, blue 1 oz. Jack Daniel’s 2 1/2 oz. Champagne 2/3 oz. Schnapps, peach 2 oz. Cognac (Hennessy) 2 oz Cuban Rum
1/2 oz. Grenadine
3 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Rum, light
1 oz. Cream of coconut
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 whole Cherries/Maraschinos
1 slice Pineapple
1 Cup Ice
1 oz. Triple Sec
Fill with 7-up
1 1/2 oz. Sour Mix
2 1/2 oz. Orange Juice
Sex on the beach
1 1/3 oz. Vodka
1 1/3 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 1/3 oz. Orange Juice
2 oz. Hpnotiq
1 oz Lime Juice
4 oz 7UP
6 Mint Leaves
2 tsps Brown Sugar
1 oz. Curacao, blue
1 oz. Jack Daniel’s
2 1/2 oz. Champagne
2/3 oz. Schnapps, peach
2 oz. Cognac (Hennessy)
2 oz Cuban Rum
Gin and tonic
1 1/2 oz. Gin
Fill with Tonic Water
1 twist Lime
1 oz. Triple Sec (Cointreau)
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 wedge Lime
Hot buttered rum
2 oz. Rum, dark
4 oz. (boiling) Water
1 whole Cloves
1 tsp. Sugar, brown
1 tsp. Butter
2/3 oz. Liqueur, coffee
1 2/3 oz. Vodka
Alice in wonderland
1 part Amaretto
1 part Grand Marnier
1 part Southern Comfort
1 oz. Rum, white
1 oz. Coconut Milk
3 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 83/100 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Vermouth, dry
1 whole Olive
2 oz. Amaretto
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 slice Oranges
1 oz. Curacao, blue
1 oz. Rum, coconut
Fill with Pineapple Juice
Fill with Sprite
Irish Car Bomb
1/2 oz. Irish Cream (Bailey’s)
1/2 pint Stout (Guinness)
1/2 oz. Whiskey, Irish (Jameson)
1 shot Jägermeister
1/2 can Red Bull
Top 10 Whiskey Brands and Best Whiskey
Whiskey is known to be a spirit of many different reputations. Whiskey has been known to be embraced by the upper class drinkers as a spirit that defines elegance and class. Whiskey has also been known to be categorized as a backwoods country folk kind of liquor. We like to think of whiskey being somewhere right in the middle of both. Either way you look at it, whiskey is in large viewied as a man’s man kind of liquor brand. Whiskey is best known to hail from America (Tennessee/Kentucky) and Scotland, but in reality whiskey is actually produced in several other places in the world as well. Whiskey is produced in different forms, flavorings the world over.
Whiskey is unique in that each whiskey brand tends to carry it’s own reputation instead of whiskey as a whole having one reputation. For example: Jim Bean whiskey clearly doesn’t have the same reputation as Jameson whiskey (they’re also different types of whiskey). Throughout all the different variations, one constant holds true for all whiskey brands. Whiskey goes through a strict aging process and carries a very distinct flavor.
This articke will list out and explain the different whiskey types and the top 10 whiskey brands for each type.
These Whiskey types include:
The process of making whiskey involves whiskey being distilled from a fermented grain mash. Different distillers use different types of grains to create the different types of whiskey. These different types of grains used in whiskey can include wheat, rye, barley, corn, maize, malted barley, and malted rye. After whiskey has been distilled, it goes through an aging process. The whiskey aging process involves the whiskey aging in barrels and casks that are made of trade secret oak and wood. It can be argued that the whiskey aging process is the most important when it comes to quality of whiskey taste and texture.
The process of distilling and again whiskey is strictly regulated, and each form of whiskey falls under a different aging process. These regulations and processes are upheld all around the world. The are several different ways to consume whiskey. The type of whiskey to be consumed will usually dictate how the whiskey is suppoed to be drank. Whiskey has been known to be drank straight, on ice, and also mixed with cola. It’s completely up to the consumer and his/her personal preference.
Types of Whiskey:
What makes American(bourbon) whiskey different from Scotch whiskey?
American whiskey is known to use several different grains such as corn, rye, maize during the fermenting process. American whiskey is also held to a different standard when it comes to aging and cask type (barrel). American whiskey has a reputation of being country and backwoods, and a burley man’s drink.
Scoth whiskey is held to strict standards and is barley based and is only distilled in the country of Scotland. Scotch whiskey also only uses a special kind of cask for aging. Scotch whiskey has the reputation of elegance and class.
We prefer both.
Best whiskey list explained
The list of best whiskies below was made to highlight whiskey brands that wouldn’t be too hard for the average person to find at their local liquor store. We thought it would be pointless to add in rare, and hard to find whiskey brands. The odds are if you’re that much of a whiskey connoisseur then you most likely are a member of some elite whiskey forum, etc. We hope you enjoy these whiskey brands, because we sure do!
Top 10 American Whiskey brands
(Bourbon, Tennesse, etc.)
1. Maker’s Mark Whiskey
Our favorite American Bourbon Whiskey. We feel Maker’s Mark whiskey doesn’t really get the credit it deserves among the main stream public, and might be a bit underrated in regards to bourbon. They also take care of their customers. They are always sending out free stuff for their loyal customer base. If you like the taste of whiskey and for some reason haven’t had the pleasure of trying Marker’s mark, do yourself a favor and purchase a bottle.
2. Four Roses Whiskey
A whiskey that for a long period of time was hard to find in major stores. This might be the most underrated liquor, let alone whiskey in America. Four Roses Whiskey is top quality whiskey, that you might have to do a little searching for. Four Roses has been known to be a Whiskey Drinker’s whiskey.
3. Knob Creek Whiskey
When we feel like benig rough around the edges men, we reach for a bottle of Knob creek whiskey. Knob creek whiskey is known to feature a rich, strong taste, that’s dark in color. The price point is a little higher for Knob creek, but well worth it in the end. Knob creek whiskey is also known to have a very loyal customer base. It could be argued that any of the first three whiskey brands on this list deserve the number 1 spot.
4. Blanton’s Whiskey
We would have rated this whiskey a little higher, but it seems to have strong feelings either for it or against it. We happen to love this whiskey, but the price sparks anger with some. Blanton whiskey is known to have a rich flavor with subtle hints of caramel and vanilla.
5. Woodford Reserve Whiskey
Woodford Reserve Whiskey might be the best whiskey available for the price. This whiskey is quality in taste, and a favorite of thousands of whiskey lovers. Another whiskey with a very loyal customer base. We also love the name.
6. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
The most popular whiskey in the world? Jack Daniel’s popularity is for great reason. This whiskey is rich in tradition and history. You can find bottles of Jack Daniel’s all over the world. When in doubt with your whiskey selection go with Jack Daniel’s.
7. Wild Turkey Whiskey
This whiskey is another very, very popular American whiskey. Wild Turkey is also great quality and just because a brand is super popular, it doesn’t mean that it’s not quality.
8. Old Rip Van Winkle Whiskey
This whiskey is strong. Old Rip packs a punch with a proof at 107. With a proof that high, one would assume that this whiskey would be lacking in taste. That’s not the case with Old Rip. We imagine we’ll be sipping this whiskey when we become wise old men, and telling stories to our grandchildren.
9. Elijah Craig Whiskey
This whiskey is excellent quality for the price you have to pay. For the ratio of quality to price this whiskey can’t be ignored on this best whiskey list. If you’re running low on funds, grab a bottle of Elijah and still enjoy great whiskey.
10. Rebel Yell Whiskey
Great whiskey as not as well known as maybe it should be. We love Rebel yell whiskey.
Fighting Cock Whiskey, Evan Williams Whiskey, Jim Beam, Eagle Rare Whiskey, Bulleit Whiskey
Harder to find – but voted the best whiskey by whiskey Lovers
Parker’s Heritage Collection 10 years old
Top 10 Scotch whisky brands
1. Glenlivet Scotch Whisky
We wanted to be different and edgy, and not make Glenlivet our number 1 on this best scotch list; but we would be lying to ourseleves and everyone else. This is the best known “best Scotch whiskey” and has been around since the early 1800’s. This Scotch has won all of it’s awards on age. Glenlivet is Excellent Scotch whiskey and deserves our number 1 spot.
2. Highland Park Scotch whisky
Highland park has won tons of whiskey awards as well. This scotch has an excellent taste and texture. A strong claim could be made that this deserves the top spot on this scotch whiskey list.
3. Bowmore Scotch Whisky
We just love this whiskey, and maybe a little more than some other Scotch drinkers. It may be a personal preference but we love the taste of this whiskey and how it tastes straight. This Scotch is also great on our wallets.
4. Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky
The most popular scotch whiskey in the world? Depending on the color label, you could argue that Johnnie walker deserves a mention in the top 3 of this list. We took all the color labels into account decided it would be fair to land ol’ Johnnie at number 4.
5. Old Pulteney Scotch Whisky
A thicker scotch that in it’s own right has also won a load of awards based on it’s quality and brand.
6. Black Bull Scotch whisky
A full body Scotch that features a rich flavor. This scotch also features a great name that seems to fit it’s brand of scotch perfectly.
7. Springbank Scotch Whisky
This Scotch whiskey is known to be processed through a unique distillation process that involves brand secrets. This scotch whiskey is dark in color and great on the lips.
8. Talisker Scotch Whisky
A scotch whiskey that seems to be catching on around the world like wildfire. This scotch seems to capture the scottish spirit well with it bold taste and brand attitude.
9. Macallan Scotch Whisky
An excellent scotch that banks on sherry. This scotch has a very loyal customer base and for great reason. We love this Scotch as well.
10. Dalmore Scotch Whisky
Rounding out the best scotch whiskey list with this great scotch whiskey brand. This scotch features a robust texture and flavor.
Best Whiskey brands in the world
There is life for whiskey outside of the USA and Scotland. These are the best brands of whiskey that are made outside of the borders of those two great whiskey making nations.
- Jameson Irish Whiskey – Ireland
- Canadian Club Sherry Cask Whiskey – Canada
- Hibiki 21 years old – Japan
- Michael Collins Single Malt Whiskey – Ireland
- Yamazaki 1984
- Suntory Yamazaki 18 Whiskey – Japan
- Lark Whisky – Australian
- Mackmyra Swedish Single Malt Whisky – Sweden
Top 10 Tequila Brands and Best Tequila
You could find shots of tequila being ordered at almost any bar or club on a weekend night. Tequila shots are common place at almost any nightlife spot, because of how fun it can be to shoot tequila Almost any tequila shot ordered involves limes, salt, and group shots. It’s always priceless to see your buddy’s cringe face. who any other time would be acting like a hard ass. Having the knowledge to order tequila is easy enough, the hard part is knowing what tequila brands are the best to go drink.
These tequila brands below offer a great start next time you’re at the bar and decide you want to roll the dice with tequila.
How to take a tequila shot?
Generally, when tequila is ordered, the bartender will serve the tequila shot with a cut lime slice and salt. The lime and salt is to be used when taking the shot.
- Lick your hand(or body part) and pour salt on it / Shot glass might already have salt on it>
- Take the lime in one hand
- Lick the salt from it’s location
- Shoot the tequila shot
- Bite down and suck on the lime slice.
Eat the worm?
It’s a pretty longstanding myth that tequila contains a worm in the bottle. This is actually false and Mezcal is known to contain the worm and other critters such as scorpions, etc. The reason the worm is added to mezcal is to show that the worm is being preserved by the bottle’s alcohol contents. There are various side myths believe that the worm gives strength to whomever eats it. We have no idea if this is true lol.
Types of tequila brands
- Tequila Blanco – white – silver – The tequila is clear and unaged. Tequila is bottled after the tequila has been distilled.
- Tequila Joven – gold – Similar to the tequila blanco process but various colorings and flavorings are added before the tequila is bottled.This tequila type is also known to include the mixture of blanco tequila with aged tequila.
- Tequila Anejo – Anejo is the next level of tequila aging. Anejo is aged for at least one year, and is usually aged from one to three years.
- Tequila Reposado – Wood aged tequila that has been aged in the wood for over 2 months and aged in the wood no longer than 12 months. The wood used for this aging process is known to differ between various tequila producing companies.
- Tequila extra anejo – This type of tequila was defined in 2005 and requires that the tequila has been aged for at least three years.
- Tequila liqueurs & cream – Tequila that is mixed with various flavorings or various creams.
Top 10 Tequila Brands
1. Casa Noble tequila crystal
Any best tequila brand list must include this amazing tequila brand. This tequila has a reputation for being hard to find, but this is the internet age. Anything can be found and purchased. This tequila is worth the search and our favorite tequila brand.
2. Don Eduardo Anejo or blanco Tequila
This is excellent tequila. This tequila is produced and distilled in Tequila, Mexico and is a tequila brand known for quality. This tequila brand is known for it’s dedication to perfection and having no detecable impurities.
3. Voodo tiki platinum Tequila
We feel this tequila is very underrated and even mentioned it on our most underrated liquors list. This tequila is known for holding true to the classic tequila process and taste. The producers of this tequila believe in not fiddling or messing with the tequila and keeping the process and untouched as possible, we respect that.
4. Hornitos Tequila
This tequila is great for shooting with friends and brings back tons of memories for us. Hornitos is smooth, strong, and tastes great.
5. Cabo Wabo Tequila
A tequila that was originally created and owned by former Van Halen frontman (post David-lee Roth) Sammy Hagar. Sammy sold a lrage stake in the company in 2007 for loads of cash (80 million?). Cabo Wabo is a great quality tequila and has proven it by winning multiple spirit tasting awards. We prefer this tequila to the much more popular Patron Tequila.
6. Patron silver Tequila
The most popular tequila on the planet right now? Patron sure is giving Jose Cuervo a run for its money in the popularity department. What isn’t lost though is that Patron is a quality tequila and very smooth. We would steer clear of this tequila in the nightlife scence, since various establishments are marking up the price on every Patron shot ordered because of the name.
7. Jose Cuervo Black Medallion Tequila
This is the anejo brand of Jose Cuervo, and is a great tequila. Jose might be a little too mainstream for some readers of this list, but this anejo offering is a great deal for the money.
8. 1800 silver Tequila
Anothe quality tequila that has gotten lost in the tequila marketing tactics of late.
9. Don Julio Tequila
This tequila seems to be a little more of an aquired taste and we love it.
10. Herradura Tequila
Not an overly popular tequila, but worth a try. We could see this tequila becoming more popular over time with more people discovering it.
Honorable Mentions: Sauza Gold tequila, 30-30 tequila, 1921 Tequila, Corzo silver Tequila
Best Flavored Tequila brands & Tequila liqueurs
- Mar Azul Banana Tequila
- Patron XO
- Mar Azul Almond Tequila
- 1921 Tequila cream
- Agave Loco Pepper Cured Tequila
- 267 Tequila infusion orange
Top 10 Vodka brands and Best Vodka
Vodka is known all over the world and extremely popular throughout it. Vodka is known to be consumed straight or mixed with various mixers and juices. Vodka over time has become synonymous with Russian culture and lately, Red Bull. We can’t tell you how many times we see Vodka/Red Bulls being ordered when we’re out at night. Vodka is known for being clear and pure, but it also comes in flavored forms as well. With such popularity, there is a strnog demand to know the best vodka brands. We address these demans with this list of Best vodka Brands.
Vodka through the production and distillation process is for the most part, never aged and distilled from various grains. These grains are usually fermented rye mash, wheat mash, potato mash, and corn mash. Vodka is goes through a purification process as well to eliminate any potential impurities within the vodka.
As stated earlier, Vodka is known to either be consumed straight or consumed mixed with various “mixers”. Some popular vodka mixers include:
Top 10 Vodka Brands
1. Finlandia Classic Vodka
Finlandia Vodka was recently voted Best Vodka as multiple spirits vodka challenges. This Vodka is high quality from Finland. The makers of this vodka hold this brand to the highest standard, and it shows.
2. Reyka Vodka
Reyka is a fabulous vodka that is produced in Iceland. This vodka goes through a unique creation process only found in Iceland, involving glacier water, and filtering the vodka through lava rocks.
3. Absolut Vodka
One of the most popular vodka brands in the world. Absolut is popular for a reason, and that reason is it’s excellent quality.
4. Belvedere Vodka
The Vodka version of Patron. Artists love shouting out this polish vodka brand in their records. This is a great vodka brand, and worth every penny.
5. Ciroc Vodka
This vodka brand is famous for a few reasons, and the main reason might be that Diddy owns part of the company. This Vodka is turning into one of our favorites and it’s more then just brand hype. This Vodka is great.
6. Ketel One Vodka
Not many cooler feelings in the world, then drinking Ketel One in Amsterdam. We like to capture that feeling by picking up a bottle in the states every now and then.
7. Grey Goose Vodka
You could argue this is the most popular vodka brand in the world. This vodka is served everywhere and it has a reputation of being a great vodka to mix with any mixer.
8. Rain Organics Vodka
The vodka’s name says it all. This is an organic vodka that dares to be unique in branding and bottling.
9. Stolichnaya Vodka
We like to think if we were internation spies, we would be sipping on Stoli daily. This vodka is our personal favorite because of all the memories attached with it from travelling overseas. This vodka just screams Russian vodka.
10. Svedka Vodka
A Swedish Vodka that is damn good in quality and variety. This is quickly starting to become on of our choice favorites.
Honorable Mentions: Van Gogh Vodka, Three Olives Vodka, Chopin Vodka, 42 below Vodka, Iceberg vodka
Best Flavored Vodka brands
We decided to through in some quick mentions of flavored vodka brands too.
1. Stolichnaya Blueberi Flavored Vodka
2. Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka
3. Svedka Vanilla Vodka
4. Ketel One Oranje Flavored Vodka
5. SKYY Infusions Citrus Flavored Vodka
Best Alcohol Shots to Order and Drink
It’s a bar/club ritual in our group of friends to shoot shots whenever we go out for a night of booze & fun. We caught ourselves always ordering the same shots everytime we went out. We did what we could to fix this problem and started to research the different shot recipes and shots we could order at the bar. After lots of experimenting, we’re proud to bring you this best shots to drink list. We divided the list up into several different categories. These categories depend on what you’re trying to achieve with the shot. (Women, drink, make friend’s puke lol).
Best shots to order a group
Delicous shot that tastes great and always a crowd pleaser.
Main Ingredients: Coconut rum, pineapple juice, melon liqueur, creme de bananes
Soco and lime
This is our favorite group shot. These shots are delicious and strong enough to be worth taking a shot of.
Main Ingredients: Sweetened lime Juice, Southern Comfort
We shower in this s*it! It could be argued that this is the most popular shot in the world.
Main Ingredients: Jagermeister, Energy Drink
This shot is a group shot favorite, but only if they like vodka!
Main Ingredients: Vodka, lime juice, triple sec
3 Wise men
This shot is all whiskey and if you don’t like the taste of whiskey then stay away.
Main Ingredients: Jim Bean, Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker
These are borderline chick shots, but they have vodka in them and taste good.
Main Ingredients: Vodka, Rasberry liqueur, 7-up
Choose any tequila brand, they all work the same(except Aristocrat..more on this later). Tequila shots are always great for groups since they involve salt, lime, and body shots?
Main Ingredients: Tequila
These shots can either be great or taste like pure vodka. It takes a skilled barmaster to serve these shots correctly. If these shots are done right then they always make a great crowd pleaser.
Main Ingredients: Vodka, Lemon juice, sugar
Like the jager bomb, but with cherry vodka. These shots are tasty.
Main Ingredients: Cherry vodka, energy drink
Don’t be fooled by this shot’s name. This shot contains Crow Royal and they pile on after time.
Main Ingredients: Crown Royal, apple schnapps, 7-up, cranberry juice
We never understood the naming behind this shot. It’s not that strong or mind erasing, but it is delicious when it hits the lips.
Main Ingredients: Vodka, Kahlua, tonic/sprite
Ahh the black man’s kryptonite. Crazy story involving these shots when we were in Vegas.
Main Ingredients: Hennessy, Hipnotiq
This might be the people’s favorite and they just don’t know it. Every person we have ever ordered this shot for, loves them.
Main Ingredients: Kahlua, amaretto, irish cream
Our resident booze friend in Alabama claims this alabama slammer recipe is the legit one.
Main Ingredients: Southern Comfort(So-Co), amaretto, cranberry juice
Best shots to order women
She will love these shots. They taste just like chocolate cake.
Main Ingredients: Vodka, Frangelico, Lemon, Sugar
Red headed slut
A staple of cougars everywhere.
Main Ingredients: Peach Schnapps, jagermeister, cranberry Juice
This shot is a little on the sweet side, so don’t go crazy with it.
Main Ingredients: Apple Schnapps, peach schnapps, cranberry Juice
Pineapple upside down cake
We have to admit, we love this shot. It’s a total chick shot, but they’re oh so good.
Main Ingredients: Vanilla flavored vodka, pineapple juice, grenadine
This shot could go in the group shots category as well. This is a very tasty shot, but can become a little much on the stomach after too many.
Main Ingredients: Buttershots Liqueur, irish cream
Surfer on acid
This shot recipe looks like it would be disgusting, but it’s like ranch and pizza.
Main Ingredients: Jagermeister, coconut rum, pineapple juice
Blow Job shot
You have to be careful, some women might take offense to this shot, and some well, will love it.
Main Ingredients: Kahlua, irish cream, whipped cream
Best shots to make your friends puke
A legendary shot, that conjurs cringes of fear when mentioned. We have some rough stories from the four horsemen.
Main Ingredients: Jagermeister, jose Cuervo, bacardi 151, peppermint Liqueur
Look at this shot recipe, seriously. This shot is borderline insanity. Greek liquor mixed with Mexican liquor and hot sauce? How does that even make sense?
Main Ingredients: Sambuca, tequila, hot sauce
These shots are simple, and effective. They will knock you on your ass.
Main Ingredients: Bacardi 151, Wild turkey 101
These shot are notorious for making people puke. This shot once mixed causes the the mix to curdle in the person’s mouth. This shot is makes our stomachs turn just thinking about it.
Main Ingredients: Irish cream, lime juice
The only shot on our list that isn’t mixed. You order this shot straight up. This tequila is rough.
Main Ingredients: Aristocrat Tequila
This shot is disgusting. Everytime we try it we struggle to figure out why we even thought about taking it in the first place.
Main Ingredients: Jagermeister, goldschlager, peppermint schnapps, coconut rum
New Jersey Turnpike
This isn’t really a shot, more-so a torture device. This shot involves draining the liquor from the bar mart into a shot glass, and topped off by the bartender’s squeezed bar towel.
Main Ingredients: The bar mat, and bar rag
Top 10 Rum brands and Best Rum
We have to admit that rum is actually our favorite liquor and we love to pretend we’re pirates while drinking it. We’ve spent loads of time trying all the different brands of rum, and we’re proud to present you with this top 10 rum brands list. Some of these rums are better mixed with cola, etc. We kept the list easy to follow and easy enough for you to find these rum brands at your local liquor shop. So enough talking, on with the list!
Top 10 Rums
1. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum (92 proof)
Sailor Jerry rum is our favorite rum in the world. We love everything about it, the proof, the taste, the color, the texture. Excellent rum.
2. Goslings Black Label Rum (80 proof)
A very unqiue rum not just in color, but also in taste. This rum is high quality and very different that ordinary rum brands.
3. Mount Gay Premium White or Eclipse (86 proof)
This rum brand has the claim to fame of being the oldest rum brand in today. The mount gay top shelf rum has won multiple awards and is great quality rum.
4. Captain Morgan tattoo Rum (70 proof)
Notice a trend here? This rum brand has a very unique taste as well. We love the branding of this rum as well.
5. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum (70 proof)
Can be argued as the most popular rum brand in the world. Captain morgan is known for it’s great taste and quality of rum. This rum is popular for a reason. Great to mix.
6. Kraken Rum (94 proof)
This is a newer rum brand, and still might be hard to find in some areas. We love the proof and taste of this rum.
7. Pusser’s British Navy Dark Rum (84 proof)
Pusser’s is a great rum brand, but we simply prefer sailor jerry for our navy rum of choice.
8. Sunset Very Strong Rum (169 proof)
This rum is very strong, we’re guessing you figured that out by it’s name and proof. This rum brand will knock you off your feet, and deserves a mention for obviuos reasons.
9. Appleton Estate VX Rum (80 proof)
This Jamaican rum brand has a lenghty history and enjoyed by many rum lovers.
10. Bacardi Silver & Gold Rum (80 proof)
The other rum that could be argued as the most popular in the world. Bacardi makes very good rum and has been doing so for a very long time. The ultimate mixing rum.
Honorable Mentions: 10 Cane Rum, Malibu Rum, Myers Dark
Flavored Rum Brands
We didn’t add in any flavored rums, but we like to stick to the Bacardi falvored brands when we’re in the mood for flavored rum.