Alcoholic drinks

Mulled wine in winter


Winter is not all about chilling cold but it is also about the drinks and there is nothing more beautiful than a few glasses of mulled wine. In fact, wine lovers wait for the winter to slip the steaming mug of spiced wine.

It is really so wonderful when you are sitting in a bar and bartender keeps refilling your wine glass and you don’t allow the steam to evaporate. Indeed, winter can make your warm wine get colder soon.

It has wonderful aroma and prefect blend of wine, spice and brandy. First sniff and then sip.

It is very easy to prepare at home too, all you need is the following

Makes about 12 servings

2 unwaxed oranges
1 lemon, peel only
150g caster sugar
5 cloves, plus extra for garnish
5 cardamom pods, bruised
1 cinnamon stick
A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 bottles of fruity, unoaked red wine
150ml ginger wine


Your mulled wine is full of aroma of wine mixed with the spice like clove, Star anise, Cinnamon. In fact you can use all spices like Cardamom, bay leaves, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla etc.

It is really wonderful to top up your glass with any citrus fruit slice like orange or lemon. It will definitely enhance not just the look but the fun too.

Nutmeg: It is a common spice found in mulled wine, it cleans our kidneys and liver by removing the toxins that may be stored there from the ingestions of natural organic toxins, food, alcohol, drugs, and pollution.

Cinnamon: It is similar to nutmeg. It is one of the main ingredients of mulled wine. It contains antioxidants that have a useful anti-inflammatory effect on our bodies. These properties can help to lessen swelling and restore normal tissue function.


  • Drinking red wine in moderation can also reduce one’s risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone density. Study says that those who drank between 1 and 3 glasses a day had greater bone density than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers.

It is easy to prepare and if you like you can do at your home too, all you need to do is:

  1. Take 1 cup of orange juice, sugar and spices then add enough wine and heat gently until the sugar gets dissolved, stirring occasionally. It will take nearly 5 – 8 minutes and soon you will get thick syrup.
  2. Add the rest of the wine, along with the ginger wine. Gently heat through and serve with orange segments as a garnish.

Here your drink is ready and enjoy your winter and just sip one after another and forget everything

Cheers ladies, 2 beers a week cut heart attack risk

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Ladies, drinking beer could be actually good for your health.  According to a new swedish study, if you drink two glasses of beer, it can reduce the risk of a heart attack by about 30 percent copared to women who never drink or drink a lot.

Researches at the Gothenburg university followed more than 1500 women for a period of 50 years. They picked up a group of middle aged women and from a period between 1968 and 2000.

The women in the research had to answer several questions about their drinking habits, like how much they drink and what kind of drinks they choose – eg beer, wine, spirits…and then about their health and physical symptoms they have been experiencing.

The answers to the first question varied from daily, to no drink in the past ten years. As for their health, the researches found that furing the 32 years period 185 women suffered from a heart attack, 162 experienced  a stroke, 160 developed diabetes and  345 women had a cancer.

Afer analysing the study, the researches concluded that drinking two glasses of beer significantly reduces the risk of heart attack.

One of the researches says: „ We checked the results against other risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and all of this confirms our findings and makes it more substantial.“

However, the study was not able to conclude if moderate drinking of wine has similar effect, so they are definitely planning some follow-up studies.

There is also bad news for women who drink spirits more often than once or twice a month as drinking spirits is connected with about 50 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and also the risk of dying of cancer is similarly higher.

The findings of the study, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, is supported by other similar researches in other countries, for example in Spain. This health benefit of drinking beer is most probably thanks to vitamins, folic acid and calcium that is present in the grains from which is beer made.

Dominique Hange, author of the published study, says, that even though the study confirmed health benefits of drinking beer, there is still a lot to find out about the healt benefits of alcohol in general. So there surely will be more research, especially in regards of wine.

So let´s see what they will find out and in the mean while, cheers to healthy heart.

Tequila and its benefits

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Tequila is an alcoholic drink made from a plant called blue agave, discovered in 18th century. This plant grows in the Mexican state Jalisco – mainly around city called Tequila, and some surrounding areas. The agaves harvested in highlands are sweeter in comparison to the ones from lowlands. Tequila is distilled from juice which is taken from the heart of plant which is first peeled, roasted and then crushed.


Tequila is sorted into 4 main categories, depending on how long its aged: blanco for less than 2 months; reposado between 2 and 12 months; anejo between 1 and 3 years; extra-anejo for more than 3 years.

There are various ways of drinking Tequila. In Mexico it is usually served neat – just tequila shot, in other countries are shots served with salt and slice of lemon. There are also a lot of cocktails made with tequila. Here are few of them:

Bloody Maria – tequila, horseradish, Tabasco sauce, tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper

Frostbite – tequila, blue Curacao, white crème de cacao, cream

Long Island Iced Tea – tequila, cola, gin, rum, triple sec, sour mix, vodka

Margarita – tequila, lemon or lime juice, triple sec

Benefits of Tequila

  1. Lowers blood sugar – tequila contains sugar called agavina, which when consumed increases the production of Insulin
  2. It can help with treating common cold
  3. Helps with digestion
  4. Drinking tequila before sleep aids you to sleep better and peacefully
  5. Helps with weight loss – due to sugar called agavina drinking Tequila in moderation can help you to lose weight
  6. Can help to avoid creation of kidney stones
  7. It serves as a drug delivery system – tequila protects drugs from acid in stomach and helps them reach intestines. As a result the drugs are more effective.
  8. Helps relieve pain – it helps to dilate the blood vessels which leads to a better blood flow. It can also help relieve tension and mild headache.
  9. Can help with detoxication of your body
  10. Helps improve your mood by increasing the amount of endorphins in the brain



Wine and Indian Market

There is Japanese proverb, “Wine is lunatic water.” And this water is now brimming the Indian glasses. India has now become a big market on wine both as a consumer and producer. India has started producing wine and the wine lovers now have got the taste-bud for it. There are several cities like Pune, Nashik, Sangli in Maharashtra, Nandi Hills near Bangalore, and Goa which are producing wine. Maharashtra produces two third of the domestic wine and Goa produces more than 3 lakh liters of wine each year. Now state government is also supporting the wine industry by reducing excise duty.


In India we now have some brand names in wine such as: Sula, Frateli, Krsma, Revillo etc. They are now becoming international brands and they are growing some international grape varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Grillo, Viognier in whites, Shiraz, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Sangiovese and merlot.

Now Indian hard liquor drinkers are coming to wine too. More and more restaurants are opening and big international brand chains are also opening their outlets in India. Now India is becoming a bigger market in terms of hospitality industry.

It is evident that most Indian men preferred to drink hard liquor such as whiskey but now Indian men and women both are enjoying the rich taste of wine. Wine is a great drink and it has a long history and has medicinal and health benefits.

Study says that Wine drinkers are mostly the high profile people and the rich people – estimated nearly 20 million people – which is nearly 2 percent of Indian Population.  These consumers are supposed to have a greater exposure to foreign food through travel and through willingness to try new products.

At present serving wine at dinner is becoming very popular in Delhi and Mumbai. Expensive and imported wines are consumed on special occasions. Red wine is the most popular wine. According to the study, there is a 45 percentage of consumption of red wine, 40 percent of white wine, 10-15 percent of Sparkling wine and 1-5 percent of rose.

It is found that there are four major states Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi and Goa that have a consumption of nearly 75 percent and states like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bangal have small percentages of consumption.

There is good news that 50 percent of wine is sold through restaurants, bars, hotels and pubs only. People working in corporates, media houses and other such places can easily be seen in these places as dusk begins.

India is now also importing wine from the countries such as France, Australia, Italy, Singapore, UK, USA, UAE, Germany, South Africa, Chile, Spain, New Zealand, Argentina, etc. Million liters of wine are imported every year from these countries.

Always remember another Japanese proverb while sipping wine: Friends and Wine, the older the better.

21 Amazing Benefits Of Red Wine For Skin, Hair And Health

Wine is more than just a drink; it’s a lifestyle. Basically if we talk about Red Wine we can see that it is a type of wine made from dark – colored (black) grape variety. The color of red wine is derived from a vast assortment of grapes, ranging from red, deep purple and even blue grapes. The skin of the grapes is kept in close contact with the grape juice during the fermentation process, allowing the dispersion of both color and tannins. There are around 50 red wine varieties in the wine market. Common red wine varieties include cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry, boysenberry, raisin, coffee, fig, currant, mocha, violet and even tobacco. Each of these differs in characteristics such as the grape variety, color, flavor, mouth feel and ageing potential.




Red Wine Benefits

For our better understanding, I have categorized the benefits of red wine for health, skin and hair.

           Red Wine Health Benefits:

  1. Can protect your heart:
    Red wine contains strong antioxidants that prevent the accumulation of fat in the arteries which in turn prevents heart strokes and heart attacks. This is the prime benefit of red wine.
  2. Peaceful sleep:
    Red wine can give you peaceful sleep due to the presence of a substance called melatonin. Melatonin can stimulate your body clock and keeps you healthy. So consume a moderate amount of red wine – 50 to 100 ml before bedtime for a peaceful sleep.
  3. Lowers cholesterol:
    French people are the largest consumers of red wine and they consume it regularly as a part of their diet. They also consume cheese and other foods that have high saturated fat and their body metabolic rate is always healthy. This is because Red wine lowers the cholesterol content and avoids the accumulation of saturated fat.
  4. Prevents cold:
    Red wine can prevent cold. Researchers have proved that it can prevent nose block that is caused by cold and can help you breathe easy.
  5. Healthy glowing skin:
    Red wine has antioxidants that protect your skin and prevent it from ageing. That’s why some parlors are now providing red wine facials.
  6. Reduces mortality:
    Human life is limited and anything that helps to make it longer can be wonderful and red wine is the one of the thing. Red wine is said to increase the life span to a certain extent when consumed regularly in moderate amounts. This is one of the most amazing red wine health benefits.
  7. Can prevent cancer:
    Red wine contains a component called guercetin that can prevents lung cancer. It can also lower the risk of breast cancer and reduces the growth of cancerous cells due to the presence of resveratrol.
  8. Can regulate blood sugar levels:
    The substance called resveratrol has various health benefits and it can also stimulate insulin secretion from the pancreas which in turn reduces the glucose level in the blood. So consuming red wine can prevent diabetic type 2 in animals and human.
  9. Stronger teeth:
    Red wine contains polyphenol that helps to strengthen the gums and prevents gum inflammation. Further it can also prevent the teeth from decaying by hardening the enamel.
  10. Anti-inflammatory property and healthy brain:
    The antioxidant called resveratrol has anti-inflammatory properties which can protect the body from various diseases caused by inflammation. Apart from this, it also boosts the brain by providing brain – health, memory power and preventing diseases like dementia.

    Red Wine Skin Benefits:
    From the ancient time Red wine is considered to be one of the healthiest drinks and was used for medicinal purposes. Mostly French people drink red wine almost daily to stay fit and healthy. Apart from offering health benefits, red wine works wonders for the skin too. Some of these include:
  11. Wine facials:
     Nowadays the facial from red wine is gaining immense popularity. It gives a refreshing glow to the skin while removing tan and blemishes. The anti-ageing properties of a wine facial make it even more beneficial. Its therapeutic property de-stress and rejuvenates the skin.
  12. Exfoliate:
    The scrub and exfoliant made of red wine too are the latest additions to beauty therapy. Use of red wine eliminates the dead skin cells and will improve blood circulation to give you healthy skin.
  13. Fight Acne
    Wines also contain natural AHAs, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying red wine on the face fights acne and clears the pores to prevent further breakouts. It also treats oily and congested skin.
  14. Rosy and Glowing cheeks
    If you want to get rosy and glowing cheeks then apply a few drops of red wine on your cheeks to get that natural, rosy blush.
  15. Sun Protection:
    Red wine is very rich in amino acids which boost skin renewal and fight the harmful rays of the sun to prevent sun damage.
  16. Helps in development of new cells:
    Drinking red wine stimulates the development of new cells in the skin’s outer layers. It improves the hydration of the skin to make it look younger, supple and glowing. If you have dry skin, massage your face with red wine to keep it nourished and moisturized.
  17. A good toner for your skin
    Red wine can also be used as a toner to keep your skin clear, soft and supple. Soak a cotton ball in red wine and apply it on the skin. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash off.
  18. Lightens skin tone
    Red wine can also help you to lighten your skin tone. Beat 1 egg and add 5 teaspoons of red wine to it. Then add 2 teaspoons of honey and beat thoroughly. Apply it on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also use yoghurt in place of eggs.Red Wine Hair Benefits:
  19. For better hair:
    Shampoo and condition your hair as usual and use red wine as a final rinse. This will give you thick and lustrous hair in no time.
  20. Stop hair loos:
    Resveratrol, a substance found predominantly in red wine is stops the hair loss. It inhibits inflammation and cell death to prevent hair fall and aids in hair growth.
  21. It is good for scalp surface:
    Drinking half a glass of red wine daily increases blood circulation in the scalp and strengthens the blood vessels to reduce flakiness, dandruff and itchiness of the scalp.

Beer and its benefits


Beer is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from water, hops, barley and yeast. It generally contains 3- 8% of alcohol, compared to an average of 12 percent in wine and about 40 to 50 percent in hard liquor. Beer has a rich history: It’s one of the oldest beverages that humans have produced. The Ebla tablets, which date back to 2500 BCE in Mesopotamia, reveal that brewing beer was a popular occupation for women. Beer made from baked barley bread was part of the daily diet of Egyptian pharaohs. The first brewers were mostly women, and colonial women ran most of the ancient beer halls and taverns. The Greeks viewed wine as a manly drink, while beer was seen as feminine and less classy.

Pulque is a Mexican beer that contains 14% alcohol.  Beer is basically an un-distilled beverage and contains many nutrients like carbohydrates and protein. Beer contains modest amounts of niacin, folate, vitamin B6, and some minerals. A hop is the shrub whose buds are used in making of beer which gives froth, stability and bitterness. Beer contains a smoky taste due to these hops. Hops contain polyphenols, which help lower cholesterol, fight cancer and kill viruses.  Beer is full of water. It contains nearly 93% of water. According to a Spanish study, beer may actually provide better hydration than H2O alone when you’re sweating it out under the sun.

In a study of men who had undergone bypass surgery, researchers found that those who drank 355 ml of beer a day were less likely to form blood clots. Also, beer drinkers were at a reduced risk for heart attacks and strokes. A 355 ml bottle of ordinary beer provides five to ten percent of the recommended daily doses of these vitamins, as well as a fair amount of chromium and selenium. Beer contains vitamin B (B1, B2, B6, and B12). Vitamin B12 is an anti-anemic factor not found in many types of food.

Drinking too much can cause unwanted weight gain and obesity increases the risk of many long-term health effects like liver problems, kidney diseases and heart disease. Drinking one liter of beer may yield up to 600 calories. Also, beer acts as a diuretic, causing the body to flush out fluids. Excessive consumption can wash away important vitamins and minerals before the body can absorb them.

To curb your guzzling watch what you eat with beer. Beer is often served with nuts, potato chips, pretzels, and other salty food. Because these increase feelings of thirst, they may cause you to drink more. Food that is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals and moderate in fat are better alternatives. For example, try having eggs, meat, poultry, seafood, or whole-grains to accompany your drink.

There are two types of beer:

  1. Lager which is a light color beer and
  2. Ale which is a dark beer.

Dark beer has more antioxidants that help to reduce the process of cellular damage that occurs naturally in the body. A recent study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture has also found that dark beer has higher iron content compared to lighter beers. Iron is an essential mineral that our bodies need. Iron is a part of all cells and does many jobs including carrying oxygen from our lungs throughout the rest of our bodies. Beer, especially dark beer, pours up about a gram of soluble fiber in each 12-ounce bottle. Fiber helps lower your levels of LDL, the “bad” kind of cholesterol.

Beer used in moderate way has several health benefits, such as:

  • Weight gain
  • It Increases your appetite. You will like to eat a lot after drinking beer.
  • If you drink in moderate amount, it is refreshing
  • Researchers at the University of Montreal found out that beer reduces stress. wo glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety
  • Kidney stone: A Finland studyfound that beer had more kidney benefits than other alcoholic drinks; each bottle of beer that men consumed daily lowered their risk of developing kidney stones by 40%.
  • Beer, especially dark beer, pours up about a gram of soluble fiber in each 12-ounce bottle. Fiber helps lower your levels of LDL, the “bad” kind of cholesterol.
  • A Dutch studyfound that people who drink beer have 30% higher levels of vitamin B6 levels in their blood. It also contains vitamin B12 and folic acid.
  • Recent study recommends “moderate consumption” of beer as part of an athlete’s diet.
  • Beer can serve as a cure for insomnia. Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid, which are both present in beer, can promote sleep!
  • Study says beer boosts memory. Beer drinkers are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-beer drinkers.
  • Stronger bones: Beer contains silicon which is good for bones. A 2009 study found that high levels of silicon in beer can be good for your bone density.
  • Study says beer reduces your risk of a heart attack. Beer drinkers have a 40 to 60 percent reduced risk of suffering a heart attack compared with non-beer drinkers.
  • Wine is fine for your heart, but beer may be even better: A Harvard studyof 70,000 women ages 25 to 40 found that moderate beer drinkers were less likely to develop high blood pressure—a major risk factor for heart attack—than women who sipped wine or spirits.