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Rejoice, This Alcohol Brand Is Promising Hangover-Free Results

If you’ve ever been hungover, then you’ve likely promised yourself or your God that you would never drink again. However, V.E.S Vodka & Gin are promising to end that problem for you — if you drink vodka or gin.

The hangover-free Australian spirits will soon be available nationwide for the first time this fall. The vodka, formerly known as Vitamin Vodka, has been seen in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others for its restorative properties.

V.E.S Founder Darryl Tombleson created these spirits using a combination of all natural, organic ingredients combined with pure water and is based on a 1,000-year-old recipe. His goal was to create spirits that after you drink, you don’t have to worry about waking up with the effects normally associated with consuming alcohol. It’s been acclaimed by 1,000 testers to be hangover-free.

“We crafted V.E.S. Vodka & Gin to be as healthy as possible, for alcohol at least,” said Tombleson via a statement. “There are millions of people worldwide who appreciate what they eat or drink can impact their health. Or their desire to live the next morning.”

V.E.S Vodka & Gin is priced at $99 per bottle, which proves to be rather cheap when you consider the priceless feeling of waking up to absolutely no hangover symptoms after a night of turning up.

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Watch How Gin Is Made

In our early twenties we usually never heard gin used in casual conversation, unless it was followed by “and tonic” in a classic movie that happened to be on television. As we got older, however, we discovered more cocktails made from gin we truly enjoyed. These include martinis, gimlets, negroni, and even the aforementioned gin and tonic.

Have you ever wondered, however, how the spirit is created? How It’s Made took a look at the origins behind the popular beverage to show us just what goes down.

Distillers call upon Juniper berries as the main ingredient in gin and are complimented with spices such as dried angelica plant roots, coriander seeds, lemon peel, and cardamom. The dry ingredients are added to a giant copper still that’s already filled with a spirit distilled from fermented grains.

The highly-alcoholic spirit is diluted a bit with water and re-distilled with the spices for long periods of time. Once they hit the desired alcohol by volume content, the gin is cooled and bottled.

Check out the video to see the step-by-step process on how gin is created.

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New Gin Brand Includes Actual Motorcycle Parts In Their Bottles

Custom motorbike manufacturer Uwe Ehinger pays homage to motorcycle history with the launch of The Archaeologist, a premium dry gin.

For decades, Ehinger has been searching the world for antique motorbikes. This earned him the nickname ‘The Archaeologist.’ ˮEverything I do pays tribute to the things that used to be,” says Ehinger.

The Archaeologist is filled in bottles together with original engine parts of Harley Davidsons Ehinger has discovered around the world: 1939 Flathead camshafts from the Mexican desert, 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile or 1962 Panhead rocker arms from South Korea.

The motorbike parts are specially cleansed and sealed to make it safe for them to be utilized in a drink. Subsequently, they are soldered onto a steel structure and encased by a handcrafted bottle.

The entire look and feel recreates the original packing of the antique engine parts – using authentic materials and historic techniques. Printed on an original Heidelberg Tiegel printing press from 1931, waxed wrapping paper tells the story of each part’s discovery.

The first edition of The Archaeologist will only be served in Ehinger’s garage in Hamburg, Germany. A limited number were also distributed via the website and sold out within hours. Ehinger is taking advance orders for the next series now.

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Watch These Folks Try Alcohol For The First Time

Most of us of drinking age can remember that first experience with alcohol and whether or not we enjoyed the taste. As time went on, we got used to the strong flavor and welcomed the buzz that came with the drink. Sometimes we look back and wonder how we would handle our first alcoholic beverages if we could relive the experience again.

In their latest video, Facts found a trio who have never tried alcohol before to drink a variety of liquored up beverages for the first time. The drinks and cocktails they tried include cider, beer, alcopops (alcoholic soda), gin, and wine.

The panel seemed pretty unanimous about their dislike for nearly all of the alcoholic beverages placed in front of them. Hey, it’s not for everyone and that’s OK.

Check out the video and see if this experience triggers some of your first-time drinking memories.

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Bombay Gin Recalled In Canada For Having Almost Double The Normal Alcohol Content

Hey Canada, if you’ve got some bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin lying around, you may want to pay attention, ’cause your booze is getting recalled.

CBC reports that a recall notice from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario has now spread nationwide after their internal quality assurance team discovered the gin wasn’t diluted correctly.

This means that there was about double the normal alcohol content in each bottle of Bombay Sapphire.

Typically, Bombay Sapphire gin is about 80-proof, or 40% alcohol. The tests in Ontario put that number as high as 77%, or 154-proof. As a point of reference, 70% (or 140-proof) alcohol is strong enough to be used as a sanitizing agent in labs.

Basically, drinking this alcohol is the equivalent of sanitizing your guts. A sensation, we imagine, isn’t all that pleasant.

Only 1.14-litre bottles were affected and any currently in stores have already been taken off the shelf. If your bottle has the code “L16304” printed on the bottom, you should take it back to the point of purchase to get fully refunded.

If you choose not to, however, just remember to drink safely and serve smaller portions of the Bombay Sapphire. The same amount will get you more drunk at a faster rate.

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This UK-Inspired Earl Grey Cocktail Is Perfect For Springtime And Tea Time

The Spring season has finally transitioned from “right around the corner” to “OH SHIIIIIT it’s SPRING! SPRING BREAK 2016 NO REGRETS!! #CanItBeSUMMERyet?!?”

No, it cannot be summer yet. We’re too busy enjoying la primavera to even think about el verano—flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, butterflies are butterflying, and bees are buzzing. You deserve a buzz of your own, too.

Enter: the FOGGY LONDON, a hot tea cocktail that mixes classic Earl Grey tea with gin, vanilla simple syrup, steamed milk, and lavender. The gin will cleanse your soul better than any “spring cleaning” sesh would, while the rest of the ingredients are reminiscent of springtime themes like refreshment and lightness.

And at the end of the day, The Foggy London makes for a solid cocktail without leaving your belly feeling too solid. Enjoy it by yourself, with your mom, or with your mom’s mom during afternoon tea time (depending how tight you are with Granny).

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The Foggy London

6-oz. Earl Grey tea

1-2-oz. Gin

1-oz. Vanilla simple syrup

Steamed or very hot milk

Lavender sprigs

1.   Brew Earl Grey tea with milk and let it steep for 4-8 minutes.

2.   Combine all of the above ingredients with 2 sprigs of lavender and mix well. Garnish with lavender. 

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3 Boozy Hot Toddy Ideas From Around The World

Tea is like denim—classic, universally appreciated, and won’t go out of style anytime soon due to its versatilitea. And, in addition to its various cultural significances and many health benefits, tea is straight-up delicious.

It’s delicious, and fun to experiment with, too. Just by adding a bit of spice here, a pinch of sweetness there—and if you’re 21+, a swig of the good stuff—you can easily create a truly unique drink. Obviously we’re enamored with the idea of a tea cocktail, given our history as self-proclaimed ‘alcohol auteurs,’ so we conceptualized three to share with our fellow tea lovers (call it hospitalitea). We looked to a few of the top tea-drinking countries in the world for inspiration.

To put a twist on the iconic “London Fog,” we combine earl grey with gin, vanilla and lavender to create a drinkable homage to the UK. India sparked an idea of uniting spicy chai with sweet condensed milk and dark rum to yield a Masala Chai Toddy. And you can’t have a conversation about tea without mentioning Japan; known for their use of green teas in both everyday and traditional senses, we paired it with sake, lemon juice, and ginger to build the “Gurīnmashīn.”

However you may take your cup of tea, just be sure that it’s qualitea…and that’s exactly what you’ll get with these toddy recipes.


Masala Chai Toddy

6 oz Lipton Enticing Chai tea

1 oz condensed milk

1 oz dark or Indian rum

Green cardamom pods

Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)

1)   Brew Chai tea with crushed cardamom and let steep for 4-8 minutes.

2)   Add the condensed milk, followed by the dark rum. Mix well.

3)   Using a fine sieve strain the liquid into a glass. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and crushed cardamom.


The Foggy London

6 oz Earl Grey tea

1-2 oz gin

1 oz  vanilla simple syrup

Steamed or very hot milk

Lavender sprigs

1)   Brew Earl Grey tea with milk and let it steep for 4-8 minutes.

2)   Combine all of the above ingredients, with 2 sprigs of lavender, and mix well. Garnish with lavender.

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Gurīnmashīn

6 oz Green tea

1-2 oz sake

½ oz simple syrup

Lemon juice

Ground ginger

Mint sprigs (for garnish)

1)   Brew Green tea with ginger. Let it steep 4-8 minutes.

2)   Add simple syrup, a few teaspoons of lemon juice, and sake.

3)   Combine the above with the tea in a glass, and mix well. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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Created in partnership with Lipton

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Nobody Puts Gin In A Corner

At some point in time, gin became a grandmother’s drink. Except that grandmother was probably a flapper in the 1920s who’d drink bathtub gin and dance the night away with some really cool cats. Even if that’s not the case, grandmas tend to be badass people, so why are we knocking them and gin?

Gin Can Be Lethal And Magical

It’s not as though gin doesn’t pack a punch; in order to even be considered gin worldwide, the liquor needs to be at least 37 percent alcohol. We’re so serious about the stuff in America, that the minimum is set at 40 percent.

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I mean, are there any vodkas out there made from unicorn tears? Nope, just gin. How could you possibly need more proof that this is a magical substance than it blending perfectly with unicorn tears?

Gin’s Got Your Back…And Liver…And Kidneys

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From the extra antioxidant kick it gets from juniper berries to its diuretic ingredients that help your liver and kidneys get rid of bacteria, gin is hard to accuse of malice. You hardly find gin that packs more than 110 calories per shot, no matter how many ingredients they infuse it with.

Very few gins have the poor manners to be completely awful and most good gins are between $30-40. You either taste nothing or flowers, which is definitely the least scary way anyone’s ever explained alcohol to you.

Blame It On The Queen, Gotcha Feelin’ Mean

No, not Beyoncé; she’s still flawless. Gin likely gets its matronly rep from its British roots. Because, obviously, there are only old women in the UK and they all drink tea, sherry, and a bit of gin, if they’re feeling nasty. (If you read that sentence to the tone and image of Queen Elizabeth II, try it again with Dame Helen Mirren; it should keep the nightmares away). While the latter might be a little more accurate, albeit stereotypical, we need to erase this image of old biddies throwing shade at each other over gin and tonics.

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Gin can be young, fun, and even supernatural. It can serve as a base for light summer drinks or take the front seat of a warming winter cocktail with the same ethereal elegance. There’s nothing stopping you from giving gin a chance to sweep you off your feet.

Even if you don’t, at least stop putting vodka in your martinis. James Bond barely gets away with it and even he’s been switching back to gin.