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

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 simple syrup at home

Simple syrup as an ingredient comes up in a lot of cocktail recipes. It’s used in Daiquiris, Palomas and Mojitos, or even as a substitute for sugar cubes in an Old Fashioned. It is a very versatile ingredient, acting as an easy-to-use sweetener that doesn’t alter the flavors of a drink in any significant way. It’s essentially pre-disolved sugar, which means it also has the … Continue reading How to make simple syrup at home

Is home brewing legal in Singapore?

The short answer is yes. A licence isn’t even required. However, according to Singapore Customs, the agency governing this aspect of the law in Singapore, there are some rules. It’s perfectly legal to home brew beer (whether lagers, ales, stouts, or any other beer) and to make other fermented beverages in your house, provided the below restrictions are adhered to. They include: You must be … Continue reading Is home brewing legal in Singapore?

Here’s how you layer a cocktail

When attempting to put together a drink like the New York Sour, or shots like the B52, one of the steps will require you to float a liquid in the drink. This means to layer the cocktail or shot with other less dense liquids on top. Layering as a bar technique, once learned and understood, can be applied to create truly impressive, eye-catching, multi-hued drinks. … Continue reading Here’s how you layer a cocktail

10 essential tools you need to start a home bar

There are drink stashes, and then there are home bars. It’s common to keep a few bottles of spirits lying around the house, often in a spare kitchen cabinet or at the bottom of the wardrobe. But then there are those who take it a step further, dedicating a section of their home to all-things booze, often even sporting a back bar shelf and counter … Continue reading 10 essential tools you need to start a home bar

Common household ingredients great for making cocktails with

Building up your home bar stash can feel daunting at times. You not only need to stock up on spirits, but modifiers and mixers too. From vermouths to liqueurs, tonics to bitters, there is always something to add on. Not to mention needing the proper equipment to properly shake, stir or build a cocktail. Yet actually, many common household ingredients can easily be added to … Continue reading Common household ingredients great for making cocktails with

The 3 ways to mix a cocktail – shake, stir or build

Understanding how to mix a drink isn’t difficult once you know there are basically only three methods to do so. Cocktails can be put together either through shaking, stirring or building. Let’s start with the one we are all most familiar with. Shake The typical image of a bartender is one who uses a shaker to mix drinks. The fluid movements combined with the sound … Continue reading The 3 ways to mix a cocktail – shake, stir or build

Soju: What is it and why people love it

Neutral spirits like vodka have less of a fan base than, say, gin or rum. Whiskies in particular have a huge following, being one of the most valuable type of spirit out there, spawning legions of collectors and connoisseurs. How is it then, that the humble soju, also a neutral spirit, has become such a popular alcoholic beverage, especially among the young? To be clear, … Continue reading Soju: What is it and why people love it

Empirical Spirits produces alcohol with no categories, and it works

Off the top of your mind, how many categories of spirits can you name? After naming the obvious ones like whisky, gin and rum, most start slowing down and wonder what is what. Where does soju belong to? Is it it’s own category? What about tequila and mezcals? Are they separate categories even though both are made from agave? Why is brandy its own category? … Continue reading Empirical Spirits produces alcohol with no categories, and it works