What is the best corkscrew? Surely they are all much of a muchness, right? Wrong. As with most products your choice of corkscrew affects your enjoyment of the owning and drinking experience. A cheap, poor quality corkscrew can break under torsion, with repeated use or you might end up with the cork crumbling and no-one wants to fish cork chunks out of their wine. A good quality corkscrew can make the opening process a joy and can also be a talking point for your guests. [Read more…]
Setting off your home bar is the essential bar table. Whether you serve drinks to your friends from behind it or you use it as a focal point for your get-togethers, a great bar table is a must-buy. In this review article we cover budget-friendly purchases all the way up to the $500 mark – and when we say ‘budget-friendly’ we don’t mean ‘cheap’. We mean good value for money and a selection of good quality, popular tables that we love to recommend. All you have to do for the next few minutes is sit back and see which one captures your heart. [Read more…]
We all want our wines to taste their best when we serve them so it’s vital they are stored well. A good quality built-in wine fridge or wine cooler will do just that and look great in your kitchen! If you love your reds and whites then you need to look for a dual zone cooler so each can be kept at the best temperature. The second option to check out is whether the fridge is a thermoelectric or compressor-cooled model. [Read more…]
Even the most casual of oenophiles or wine drinkers know about serving white wines chilled and reds at room temperatures. The situation is a little more nuanced today with examples like sparkling red Shirazes joining the ranks of the ‘best served chilled’. What if you want to keep your wine in the best condition for longer? [Read more…]
Fancying a cocktail whenever, wherever? Then let’s take a look at our portable picnic cocktail sets so you can make your favorite tipple anywhere. Our guide includes six of the best picnic cocktail sets you can buy today. We’ve chosen great quality, top value packs that see you making delicious cocktails with ease and style wherever you are. [Read more…]
Let’s take a look at some of the best wine racks on the market. We’ll cover a range from the popular wall-mountable wine racks, counter top versions and the standalone types. The wall mounted wine racks are particularly popular because of their convenience and space-saving benefits in the kitchen. From modest capacity to those that can house over 30 bottles we’ll cover the best that are on the market today. [Read more…]
Cocktail sets are a great option to give as a gift or as a present to yourself particularly as an introduction to the hobby. And they needn’t be expensive either – our top ten picks retail from thirty to a hundred bucks. A typical set contains a shaker, tongs, spoon, muddler and jigger although some contain more such as bottle pourers, presentation boxes and worktop organizers. Our choices are popular brands that have a reputation of being good value for money – and this isn’t a euphemism for poor quality! [Read more…]
Whiskies occupy a special place in our hearts. Whether for sipping or for mixing in exciting cocktails we’re often asked about why are there so many different types and if it matters how much you spend on them. In this buyer’s guide to whiskey we’ll try and answer these questions and also tell you more about how different ingredients and production influences the flavor. [Read more…]
Having your sights on a night out at one of the best cocktail bars in the world is more than just ticking something off your bucket list. It’s a chance to tour some of the most eclectic and extraordinary locales on an up market bar crawl! There are so many to choose from locally, state-wide and globally it’s a veritable harvest of rich pickings. Luckily to help us out there are annual awards from critics and the community. So let’s take a look at the most astonishing cocktail bars the world has to offer.
Often used but often overlooked – the humble jigger is the quintessential measure for preparing your favorite cocktail but what do you need to look for in the best jiggers? Coming in double-ended egg-cup shapes they typically have a 1 oz and ½ oz capacity gauge or a 1½ oz and ¾ oz measure. European jiggers are metric and differ in volume and you will still find variations in capacity with jiggers in the States when it comes to measures made in ‘shot’ volumes. The best jiggers will bear multiple measurement markings with useful increments but sometimes these don’t include all the useful volumes such as the a quarter ounce. They are typically stainless steel but other metals, finishes and materials are used and some possess design tweaks or innovations to improve the owning and using experience.