DrinkableGifts Blog

The Secret to a Cool Summer – Frozen Cocktails for Adults

As a child, the start of summer always meant one thing: frozen ice pops! Now that I’m an adult, my love for sweet chilly treats hasn’t changed much, save for one small detail… alcohol.  Whether on the beach or in your own backyard, I’ve found that the best way to beat the summer swelter are frozen cocktails melting in your hand. That first whir of the blender is the classic sound of laid-back days in the sun and fun-filled nights with friends and family. 

But, we didn’t always have ice and blenders, you know. Prior to the 1800s, liquor was typically served tepid. Europeans believed that the warmth of the drink would draw the heat from our bodies and make us cool. However, in 1806, Boston businessman Frederic ‘The Ice King’ Tudor had his own ideas. He concocted the brilliant plan to ship the ice from Massachusetts lakes and rivers to warmer climates, like the Caribbean. Thus, the frozen drink was born.

The first slushy drink was called “The Smash”. A simpler take on the Mint Julep, it incorporates sugar, water, bourbon, and fresh mint served over crushed ice. After making its appearance in the mid-1830s, it peaked in popularity between the 1840s and 1860s. That’s when America’s obsession with frozen cocktails really took off.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Singing Rice Wine’s Praises: The History of Sake in Japan

Have you ever been out with your friends for sushi and been offered a glass of sake? Or wondered about the history of sake? Well, we have, and there’s some questions we’ve decided to answer.  What exactly is sake, and where did it come from? The history of sake is something that has been disputed for centuries. So we decided to dig a little deeper into it and see what we could find out. 

Sake itself is an alcoholic drink made from fermented rice, traditionally from Japan.  Locally people also know it as nihonshu, which in literal translation means “Japanese Liquor’. In Japan, people drink sake during holidays, special occasions, and formal ceremonies.

People enjoy sake in much the same way they enjoy wine. I can already hear you asking:  isn’t wine technically made from fermented fruit? The answer is, yes, it is, and while rice is certainly NOT a fruit. However, like a wine, you should sip and savor sake, and temperature is everything when it comes to perfecting its flavor. And that leads us back to the questions at hand. What is sake and where did it come from? 

Whiskey 101: How To Navigate The World Of Whiskey

Whiskey, or whisky, is an iconic gentleman’s drink. While I appreciate the image, I’m a firm believer that whiskey is a drink for all adults who enjoy it. Much like wine, you shouldn’t brush whiskey off if you haven’t tried several different bottles. So much goes into making whiskey that the end result varies wildly between brands. Think of the difference between your deviled eggs and your mom’s. Even if you’re following her recipe EXACTLY, we both know there’s something different that you can notice there. If you’re like me, yours are better. But your secret is safe with me. And that’s your first tip; whiskey is an excellent addition to brunch and pairs pretty darn well with a good deviled egg. But don’t worry, that’s not my only whiskey fact! Here’s our stab at teaching you all you need to know about this iconic drink with Whiskey 101!

Whiskey In Glass

Cocktails for Mother’s Day: A Toast To Mom

It’s time to remind you: Mom deserves great cocktails for Mother’s Day! Now, if your mom is a whiskey neat or beer kind of mom, power to her! There is nothing wrong with giving mom exactly what you know she loves, and well, we’d love to help you do it with a collection of cocktails for Mother’s Day she won’t soon forget.

But after the last year, I think we can all agree it’s nice to change things up. So if your mom likes adventure, or you’re just looking to film some reaction videos, we’ve picked out a few cocktails that are fun and easy to make. If you don’t see anything you like on the list, let us know in the comments what you’re looking for. No, seriously, we’d love the chance to write about the cocktails you want to see. Or make a cocktail using the ingredients you suggest.

Mimosa