Home brewing basics for beginners

So you’ve decided to start brewing beer at home. Congratulations, you’re now entering a world known for its great community, breadth and depth as a hobby, and of course, delicious delayed gratification in the form of homemade beer. Home brewing can be as easy or as advanced as you want, and that’s part of the joy and allure of it. Plus, no matter where you’re … Continue reading Home brewing basics for beginners

Screw Dry January, kombucha is the remedy for abstinence that works for me

Before any of the no drink challenges and dry month trends (like Dry January, aka Drynuary) arrives in this part of the world (I live in Singapore), I’d just like to denounce the entire movement categorically. Like any challenge happening on Tik Tok or any month-long declarations to follow a strict regime, going dry without alcohol as a movement is no more than following a … Continue reading Screw Dry January, kombucha is the remedy for abstinence that works for me

How to make a Tequila Sunrise

As tacky as it is delicious, the Tequila Sunrise is one of those drinks that get plenty of orders at the beach bar, especially as soon as one person orders it. And who can blame them, with a drink so eye-catching? Mimicking a sunrise hue over the sea, the gradient orange and red colors of the drink is what gives this cocktail its visual allure. … Continue reading How to make a Tequila Sunrise

Haidilao beer is what happens when a hotpot company makes beer

Is Haidilao beer any good? That was the answer we sought when we tried their range of three beers – an Amber Lager, Weissebeer and Dark Lager – that are served at the famed Chinese hotpot restaurant chain’s outlets, but now available in canned retail format for drinking at home as well. They’re all brewed in China by German company Urbrau. While we certainly wouldn’t … Continue reading Haidilao beer is what happens when a hotpot company makes beer

How to make a Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is probably the most adulterated cocktail out there. Hate it or love it, it’s one drink that stands out thanks to its bright red hue, massive celery garnish, and reputation for being a hangover cure. Drink more to recover from over-drinking, makes sense, right? Whatever your leanings are, below you’ll find a simple Bloody Mary recipe to get things started. Once you … Continue reading How to make a Bloody Mary

The Orientalist Gunpowder Gin is an explosion of flavors

Self-proclaimed as the first truly pan-Asian craft spirits company, The Orientalist Spirits prides itself in producing alcohol with strong Asian characteristics. They tend to disassociate their products from typical Western ideals, and in the process, create something new, something that is meant to encapsulate what Asia might taste like in a bottle. To that end, one of their flagship products, the Orientalist Gunpowder Gin, has … Continue reading The Orientalist Gunpowder Gin is an explosion of flavors

The 5 basic spirits you need to start a home bar

What are the most essential spirits you need to start a home bar with? The world of alcohol being so wide and vast, that is certainly a daunting question for those just starting out. Looking at the myriad of options out there can easily confuse and paralyze your purchasing decisions. From gins to rums, whiskies to vodkas, it seems like there are just too many … Continue reading The 5 basic spirits you need to start a home bar

How to make a Paloma

The refreshingly delicious Paloma is a favorite in Mexico, and for good reason. It’s a beautiful union of grapefruit and tequila flavors, and many actually prefer the Paloma to the more well-known Margarita when looking for a tequila-based cocktail. We know we do. Here’s how to make a classic Paloma, with a few added suggestions if you’re looking to change things up with fresh ingredients. … Continue reading How to make a Paloma

How to make a Daiquiri

We love the Daiquiri for being a rum-based delight that doesn’t fall under the category of being a punch or tiki cocktail. One of the first rum concoctions ever made, today’s Daiquiri standard is one made famous by prolific writer and tippler Ernest Hemingway. Though easy to make, the best Daiquiri balances acidity and sweetness well, while allowing rum’s inherent agricultural characteristics to work its … Continue reading How to make a Daiquiri