Gift-giving. It’s something that we are often faced with throughout the course of any given year, whether it’s the holidays, a wedding, or a significant birthday (e.g. 21, 30, 40, etc.), we are often placed in that difficult position of trying to figure out what to buy as a gift for the occasion. Seeing as most adults tend to enjoy a drink or two every so often, here are some unique gift ideas related to alcohol that may solve your conundrum:
Much like the aforementioned Whiskey Stones, Wine Pearls (usually elegantly crafted out of stainless steel) are perfect for keeping your wine nice and cool without risking the flavor of the beverage becoming compromised due to melting ice cubes. Wine Pearls also come in many different shapes and sizes, but are most often crafted with a smooth and aesthetically pleasing exterior. Just like the Whiskey Stones, all one must do to prepare Wine Pearls for use is put them in the freezer.
Beer Cap Map
What a wonderful piece of art for any beer-drinking enthusiast! A finely wood-crafted cutout of the United States complete with a deeply satisfying dark wood varnish and covered with the beer caps of some of the nation’s finest beers as represented by their region of origin. Not only is a Beer Cap Map fun to look at and see what parts of the country are best at creating certain types of beers (e.g. from light beers to pale ales to red beers and all the way up to famous stouts), the Beer Cap Map is a great conversation starter.
Wall Bottle Opener
Imagine having a bottle opener, usually made from durable stainless steel or other dependable material, that is conveniently attached to the wall in your kitchen or next to your own home bar area for easy use! Gone are the days of searching your utensil drawers for a smaller, much more difficult to use bottle opener, or awkwardly asking a friend if you can borrow their keys to get to their keychain bottle opener. A Wall Bottle Opener is discrete, easy to install, and quite convenient when someone needs to open their favorite bottled alcoholic beverage.
Wine Cork Coasters
Simply put, these are coasters made from wine corks. Many manufacturer’s will take corks from one’s favorite wines and custom make a set of unique and artistically beautiful coasters. And while the coasters themselves might make for some conversation depending on the types of wine which each cork came from, because these coasters are made from durable wine corks, they also absorb any liquid from beverages resting on top of them with ease. A great gift for the wine enthusiast you know!
Mulberry MAX Liquor Store in Fort Collins, CO has many specialty gifts and wine boxes you can pick up for anyone who enjoys a stiff drink! Stop in today to find everything that you need when it comes to beer, wine, and spirits.
Mulberry MAX Liquor Store
460 S College Ave g, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Winter is in full force here in Fort Collins, Colorado – which means that cold temperatures have set in and snow is on the ground. Well, at least, we’ve had SOME snow so far in 2018. But while beautiful Colorado summers call for cold, refreshing cocktails that quench your thirst, Colorado winters summon a much different type of cocktail.
Mulberry MAX Liquor Store has found some unique winter cocktails that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, and you can pick up almost everything you need right here at our Old Town Fort Collins liquor store. These cocktails are not only easy to make, but perfect for cold Colorado winter nights.
A sweet twist on an all-time favorite, the apple cranberry Moscow mule is perfect for autumn or winter holiday parties. Try replacing the cranberries with blueberries, or adding slices of fresh apple.
No winter is complete without hot chocolate, so try this fun and awesome twist on an all-time favorite. Whiskey is used to give it a little kick, and even without the S’mores touch, you can add whiskey to spike ANY hot chocolate drink.
Get the full recipe and instructions here.
Mulberry MAX Liquor Store in Old Town Fort Collins is your destination stop for beer, wine, and spirits. Whether you’re mixing up a fancy cocktail or simply drinking a spirit neat, we have everything you need to get cozy during the cold Colorado winters!
Mulberry MAX Liquor Store
460 S College Ave g, Fort Collins, CO 80524
We all know that here in Northern Colorado, the temperature drops as the leaves begin to fall, and we trade in our flip flops and t-shirts for boots and jackets. In the summers, we all know it’s about a beer cooler out in the backyard with ice cold refreshing drinks to cool down on a beautiful Colorado summer day. In the winter, a cold beer just doesn’t cut it, and we look towards drinks that warm us from the inside out.
Here at Mulberry MAX Liquor Store, we understand this, which is why we are committed to having the widest selection of liquor in Fort Collins for those warm winter drinks. Here are a few liquors/liqueurs that go great for Colorado winters on the back porch with a fire pit and a good group of friends!
Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream
We all know that Bailey’s is a classic warm-drink mixer, but add that extra touch of fall with the Pumpkin Spice variety of Bailey’s Irish Cream. It goes well with almost any warm beverage, but particularly well with coffee, cocoa, and chai. Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream is a great way to sweeten any drink at a winter or fall holiday party, or even just for a cozy night in!
Captain Morgan Jack-O-Blast Spiced Pumpkin Rum
This all-time favorite rum takes a twist for the fall with a pumpkin flavor that is sure to mix well with any drink. Try mixing with any standard warm drink like coffee, chai, or cocoa. Want to try something completely off-the-wall? Mix in a little Captain Morgan Jack-O-Blast into a pumpkin pie recipe for a spiked pie that is sweet and delicious!
Great Lakes Pumpkin Whiskey
Yes, that’s right. Even whiskey comes in a pumpkin version. Great Lakes Distillery delivers this pumpkin whiskey that is simply divine, and works great when mixed with hot cider or just a plain old-fashioned. This whiskey has a hint of pumpkin, malty, with a spiced nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. It is the perfect way to end the day on a cold Colorado night!
Stop by Mulberry MAX Liquor Store in Fort Collins to check out our full inventory of pumpkin liquor and liqueurs. Ask one of our staff members if there is anything new or if you are looking for a good recipe for a winter or fall themed drink!
One of the most rewarding things for any beer lover is to successfully create your own homebrew. There’s just nothing quite like knowing that the beer you are drinking was created by you. Once you really get into homebrewing, you are able to use different ingredients or different brewing techniques to get new flavors. And who knows? You may even eventually get to start your own brewery.
But we’re going to back up here a bit, because you’re wondering how to get started. Well Mulberry MAX Liquor Store is here to help, as we have a full service homebrew shop right in our store that is stocked with everything you need to get started.
Follow these simple tips and you’ll be started on your first homebrew in no time!
Use a Starter Kit
While you can jump right in and assemble your own homebrew from scratch, for your first brew, it’s always a good idea to learn the ropes by purchasing a starter kit which has all of the essential ingredients to create a successful brew. While you will eventually learn to modify your brew and get your own flavor, it’s always a good idea to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run. Mulberry MAX Liquor Store has different starter ingredients and kits for you to pick up the trade right away.
Do Your Research
Yes, even if you are using a kit, nothing can replace a little bit of elbow grease in the research department. This means read a brewing book, read online articles and advice, watch YouTube videos, and do whatever it takes to make sure that you know what your process should look like before you even touch a carboy. If you do this, you’ll find that you will breeze right through the brewing process instead of fumbling around and guessing.
Plan for Cost
Homebrewing is NOT cheap. A lot of people think they just need a kit and they are off to the races. Well, slow your roll homebrew champion, because you may need equipment like kettles, carboys, siphon, hydrometer, bottles, buckets, caps, sanitization formula, and more. Plan on a larger initial cost of between $100 and $200 dollars to get up and running. The good news is that once you have the equipment, you only need ingredients for future batches!
Keep a Detailed Brew Log
One good reason for this is so that if you create a unique flavor that you like, you will be able to replicate it. A detailed brew log should not only include the ingredients used and a recipe for adding them, but should include temperatures at every step, and time for different steps. You can find examples of good brew logs online. Keeping a thorough log is a good habit to get into early, so when your process is refined, you are able to replicate your work.
One of the great joys of homebrewing is being able to share your creation with family and friends. Don’t be shy about your homebrew creations, and get feedback from others to hone your craft. You WILL create a skunky beer. You WILL create a great beer. All criticism is good when you are searching for that perfect flavor!
Stop in at the homebrew shop at Mulberry MAX Liquor Store to get everything you need to get started. Our staff is happy to help you find what you need and give you advice into creating your first home brew!
In part 1 we discussed all of the items that you need in order to host a wine tasting at your home that will be a smash hit. Many of these items you can obtain at the closest liquor store or specialty wine store. It just so happens that Mulberry MAX Liquor Store in Fort Collins has a certified sommelier on staff to help you put together everything you need for your wine tasting!
For part 2, we dive into the structure of the actual event to satisfy your guests and be a true wine tasting host! If you're new to tastings, here is the general structure:
1. Introduce the Wine
Once everyone has settled at the tasting table, take some time to introduce your theme. This gives everyone some context and helps focus the group's attention.
2. Sample #1
Start by introducing and pouring your first wine, then walk the group through the tasting process detailed below. Throughout the tasting, encourage everyone to take notes on their grids, and keep in mind that this is a fun, social occasion, so be sure to engage people in discussion about each wine.
Hold the glass at a 45-degree angle and examine the wine's color and intensity. Is it a deep red, a pale gold? Is the color saturated throughout, or does the wine look watery around the rim/edges?
Place the glass on the table and swirl it to release the wine's aromas, then bring the glass up to your nose and inhale. What does the smell remind you of? Berries? Tobacco? Chocolate? It may be helpful to close your eyes at this point to help focus your attention on what you smell.
Take a sip of wine and swish it around your mouth without swallowing. Try taking in some air to help release the aromas and flavors. Think about what flavors you taste as well as the wine's acidity and sweetness. Also consider the wine's body and texture: Is it light or heavy? Thick or thin?
Swallow the wine and think about its finish and aftertaste. Does the flavor linger (have a "long finish") or disappear quickly? Is the wine one-dimensional or more complex?
Do you like this wine? Try to identify exactly what you like or dislike, as that can help you identify wines you'll enjoy in the future. And, keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers—it's all a matter of personal preference.
8. Samples #2 to #6
In between each sample, be sure everyone cleanses their palate.
For subsequent wines, you may want to once again lead the group through the formal tasting process—this can be especially helpful for beginner tasters.
9. Final Discussion
Once all the wines have been sampled, lead the group in a discussion about all wines (If you held a blind tasting, this is the time to reveal your bottles.) For fun, have everyone vote for his or her favorite and rank the wines in terms of preference.
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