Consumers have a new, safe way to, "tie one on" before driving. In support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and its efforts to change America's attitude toward drinking and driving, Stonehenge, Ltd., introduced "The Molecular ExpressionsTM Cocktail Collection I and II" of men's neckwear. These limited-edition ties feature colors and patterns which recreate the molecular structures of alcoholic beverages.
Beer - Flavored with hops and brewed by slow fermentation, beer is the most common and most consumed of all alcohols.
Bloody Mary - The recipes for a Bloody Mary vary from simply vodka and tomato juice to concoctions that are thick enough to eat.
Brandy - Found in foods, on desserts, on the rocks, and straight up, Brandy can be seen used in a wide variety of forms. Short for "brandywine", this alcoholic beverage is distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice.
Champagne - "True" champagne comes only from an area in the old French province of Champagne. The province's rare mix of soil, climate, and grapes combine with a unique fermentation method to give it's champagne its distinctive taste and sparkle.
Gin - Gin is said to have originated in England, being adapted from the Dutch drink Jenever sometime in the 1500s. The best gins are made by redistilling spirits from grain alcohol through a bed of juniper berries, while the cheaper varities are flavored after distillation.
Imported Light Beer - Recently, "light" beers have appeared in the marketplace and are gaining very repidly in popularity. These beers are usually very light or pale in color and have a lower calorie and alcohol content than their regular brand name counterparts.
Kamikaze - Another deadly concoction: Combine 1 ounce of vodka, 1 ounce of Triple Sec, and 1 ounce of lime juice. Combine the ingredients, shake with ice, and strain into a lowball glass.
Lime Daiquiri - This pleasant frozen punch is easy to make: use 1 1/2 ounces of white rum, 2 tablespoons of lime liqueur, and 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Combine the ingredients in a blender with ice on low, and serve in a cocktail glass garnished with a twist of lime and it's peel.
Martini - The gin-vermouth martini is probably the most tweakable drink around. The general formula is two ounces of gin and 1 tablespoon of vermouth combined straight up with an olive or two. Combinations derive around the amount of vermouth added to increase the strength and dryness of the drink.
Mint Julep - This Southern specialty combines mint sprigs with 1 teaspoon of sugar, crushed ice, and 2 to 3 ounces of bourbon. Serve in a chilled glass of your choice.
Rum & Cola - This simple cocktail is composed of an ounce of your favorite rum (or two ounces if it's happy hour) on ice with your favorite cola.
Scotch - Scotch is a whiskey made only in Scotland, where there are numerous distillation companies that produce the different flavors of scotch. There are single malt scotches, vatted malt scotches, and blended scotches that contain a variety of flavors. We are aware of about 60 different cocktails that contain scotch.
Scotch on the Rocks - This is about as simple a cocktail as there is: Add 1 or 2 ounces of scotch to ice in a lowball glass. See. It's simple.
Tequila - Tequila has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early days of the US-Mexico territorial debates. The spirit started it's way to fame as a cult drink in California during the late 1960's and today is widely used both in cocktails and straight up.
Vodka Tonic - About the most simple application for vodka (with the exception of straight up), the Vodka and Tonic combines 1 or 2 ounces of vodka over ice in a highball glass filled with tonic water.
Red Wine - Traditionally served with meat, red wine is now widely consumed with such foods as hamburgers, pizza, pasta, and lamb. Most people believe that the less acidic taste to the darker wines lend them more toward combinations with meats and pastas than with cheese and fish.
White Wine - For ages served only with fish, white wine now tends to be a favorite in such combinations as soft fruits and cheeses, chicken, and even some of the more spicy Asian dishes.
Wine - Found in many different shades and flavors, wine is very widely used. It can be found to be used in the preparation of many extravagant foods and desserts, or simply served slightly chilled along with a fine meal or snack.
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