I went to BevMo today and picked up some makings for a few cocktails. Here is a little run-down on what I bought:
Titos Vodka is handmade out of Austin Texas by a guy named Tito, and it’s getting rave reviews. Vodka enthusiasts are saying it is the smoothest vodka they have ever tasted, and at $18.00 a bottle, it wont break your bank.
Aperol is an Italian aperitif (meaning “before a meal”). It’s similar to Campari but sweeter and less bitter. And at 11% APV, it has half the alcohol content.
Cinzano is an italian-brand vermouth. Today I bought a bottle of the original Rosso and a bottle of the Extra Dry. Most people think vermouth is just something you add to a martini, but it can actually be the star of a really wonderful and refreshing cocktail. It’s a great aperitif.
Prosecco is a wonderful Italian sparkling wine. It’s a great cheaper alternative to champagne. Prosecco has a different fermentation process than champagne. Champagne is fermented and aged in the bottle, while Prosecco is fermented in a much shorter time in steel tanks. This process helps keep the freshness and flavor of the grapes.
Cachaca is the main ingredient in a Caipirinha. Many people think that Cachaca is rum—well it isn’t. Rum is usually made from molasses (a sugar cane byproduct), while Cachaca is made from fresh sugar cane juice. According to US law, any alcohol made from sugar cane needs to be classified as a rum. It actually tastes more like tequila to me. It’s a great substitute in margaritas for people who cant handle tequila.