OVERCUP BLOG — cocktails

Raise a Glass the French Way

Posted by Julie Swearingen on

Raise a Glass the French Way

When’s the last time you grabbed a quick drink in France? Was it a lovely glass of wine or a fun cocktail? Personally, when I think of French drinking culture, I think first of wine, not cocktails. And whether that’s because I haven’t been there in 19 years, or because we think of wine as inherently French and cocktails as more American, are both subjects for another time. Let’s talk cocktails in France. First, if you want some first-hand recommendations for finding great drinks in Paris, check out the artists’ interviews in The Tall Trees of Paris--each one is asked...

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4 Stunning Techniques for the Ultimate Independence Day

Posted by Olenka Burgess on

4 Stunning Techniques for the Ultimate Independence Day

The Fourth of July is a pretty easy holiday. It’s summer, people are laid back, fireworks provide automatic entertainment—you don’t really have to do much of anything. However, if you’re feeling ambitious this year, why not take your hosting to the next level? There are several ways to up your game, especially when it comes to serving cocktails. We’ve gathered four must-try techniques that are perfect for your patriotic beverages. Layered Drinks This is a great place to start for your Independence Day celebration. The key is to mix colors separately, double the amount of the white layer in the...

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3 Delightful Ways to Booze-Up Your Dessert

Posted by Olenka Burgess on

3 Delightful Ways to Booze-Up Your Dessert

What could be better than ice cream or booze on their own? Ice cream and booze together, of course! Now that summer is upon us, we’ve rounded up several pathways toward boozy ice cream bliss, in order of difficulty. The Basics Serious Eats has compiled a fantastic introduction to the dos and don’ts of boozy ice cream. The beauty of adding alcohol to ice cream is that since alcohol has a low freezing point, it keeps your ice cream creamy and scoopable. Although summer heat usually does an excellent job of softening ice cream, if you’re anything like us, you...

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Take a Look at the Newest Liquor Laws in America

Posted by Keely Burkey on

Take a Look at the Newest Liquor Laws in America

A lot has happened in the American beer, wine, and spirits world since we last took a look at the country’s changing liquor laws. As a dutiful press we feel it’s our duty to keep our readers up to date. Be sure to pick up a copy of Niki Ganong’s The Field Guide to Drinking in America, where hundreds of liquor laws (both historic and modern) have been lovingly compiled for every adventurer’s benefit. Without further ado, let’s get started!   Colorado  In a surprising and controversial move, Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed a bill that will gradually allow the...

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How to Celebrate National and World Gin Days

Posted by Poppy Milliken on

How to Celebrate National and World Gin Days

It appears that June 11th is the time to drink your Gin. National Gin Day falls on June 11th this year, as does World Gin Day. Gin conjures up all sorts of reactions from people and has a long and very English-tinged history. Being that we were a British colony, that history was imported with the gin. Despite the strong association with Britain and colonization, gin is mostly acknowledged as having first been distilled in Holland in the early 17th century. Thus the term “Dutch Courage.” Most people order their gin in one of two ways: as a Gin and...

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