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Easy, Tasty Holiday with Twin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the season for spending time with family and friends. We break bread. We toast! We enjoy each other’s company. But, it can be hectic trying to get ready for the holidays, so we at Twin, like to keep it really simple. So, gather a few recipes, set some dates and start enjoying.

The first thing we like to do is to settle on a signature cocktail, not just for one party, but for the season. This way if you are hosting a few gatherings, you don’t have to worry about a new set up every time. Once you decide on your signature cocktail, make sure you have the fixings on hand to make that drink no matter who drops by. You can even have some fun with it and create a set up on a bar cart complete with festive décor! So, what’s your drink of choice?! We are in love with the Swedish Paloma, Aperol Spritz (great for NYE) and the Cinnamon Toast Parfait! Check out all the signature cocktail recipes for 2018 here!

Secondly, make sure you have 1-2 bottles of Sparkling chilled and 2 bottles of red wine. This way if you are off to a party, you can grab the wine to take as a hostess gift or if those neighbors drop by again, you can pop some bubbly.

Now for those of you that are cooking, we have some fun recipes collected from our Twin staff and friends here. Surprise! They all feature wine & spirits!

And, for those of you who just can’t plan that’s ok! We’ve got you covered with Twin Liquors on-demand delivery! Order now and have it delivered to your home, work or your best friend’s house!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Cooking with Spirit!

At Twin we like to cook with wine & spirits! Check out our tips for #CookingWithSpirit plus some cherished recipes from friends and family!

COOKING WITH SPIRIT TIPS

Finishing

Add a touch of brightness and acidity. When making creamy soups or gravies, add a tablespoon of Oloroso Sherry to finish! Simply adding more salt cannot equal this super simple flavor boost.

Deglazing

When roasting veggies or meat, deglaze those brown bits in the pan while it’s still hot with w

ine or Cognac, then reduce by half. Pour this sauce over the finished dish and it will pack a flavor punch!

What brands to choose?

ALWAYS cook with what you would want drink. Remember that even though in most cases you may cook off the alcohol, you will keep the flavors of the spirit or wine.

Reductions

Use wine to give your sauces more depth of flavor. Before you add other liquids to your sauce, add a cup of wine and reduce by half. Then add your other liquids and simmer until done.

FEATURED RECIPE

BACON BOURBON CARROTS

  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 3 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Old Forester Bourbon
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Blanch carrots until al dente. Slice bacon into short strips and cook until crispy. Add garlic, carrots, brown sugar into same skillet as the bacon. Add salt & pepper to taste. Sauté for 10-30 minutes depending on how well-done you like your carrots.

Do you cook with spirit? If so, share with us on social. @twinliquors #CookingWithSpirit

For more recipes go to our recipes section “Cooking with Spirit

 

2017 Entertaining Guide

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It is time to Summer Like a Spaniard!

My name is Sarah Howard and I work for the DOs of Ribera del Duero and Rueda.  Twin Liquors has asked me to guest blog to write about these two fantastic Spanish wine regions. I was recently in Austin hosting a couple of Spain 201 classes at the Round Rock and Hancock Center Twin Liquors.  I had so much fun educating everyone on the two regions and seeing everyone enjoy the wines from Ribera del Duero and Rueda.

First things first, where are Rueda and Ribera del Duero and what kind of wines do they produce?  Located in Northern Spain, about two hours north of Madrid, Rueda and Ribera del Duero are hidden in the high plains of Castilla y Leon.  The landscape looks alternately like the beach, the desert or the moon.  The climate here is extreme with harsh winters and temperatures soaring past 100 degrees during the summer days and down to 50 degrees at night.  The harsh, almost inhospitable climate is perfect for growing Verdejo in Rueda and Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero.

Verdejo is the perfect match for toasty Texas temperatures.  White wines from Rueda are refreshing with aromas and flavors of lemon, lime and peaches.  It is no wonder that the crisp, aromatic, citrusy Rueda Verdejo is Spain’s #1 white wine.   I like to say drinking a glass of Verdejo is like drinking a glass of sunshine – bright, crisp, refreshing and oh so enjoyable.

In Segovia, in the heart of the Rueda region, Rueda Verdejo is paired with Cochinillo Asado or roast suckling pig.  The fresh flavors of Rueda are a perfect match to the tender pork.  If suckling pig isn’t on the menu, pair Verdejo with seafood, fresh summer salads, cheeses or spicy cuisine.

Tempranillo, known locally in Ribera as Tinto Fino, survive scorching summers and frigid winters to produce bold red wines of incredible depth and structure.  The flavors of Tempranillo are blackberries, currants, raspberry, spice and a touch of vanilla.

Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero is bold enough to stand up to Texas BBQ, or anything grilled.  In my opinion, the perfect pairing with Tempranillo is lamb.  Lamb, or Lechazo, is a signature dish of the region and the wine balances the flavors perfectly.  Between the suckling pig in Rueda and the Lechazo in Ribera del Duero the two regions are a meat-lovers paradise!

So, to Summer Like a Spaniard all you need is a glass (or two) of your favorite Rueda or Ribera del Duero!  Kick back, enjoy the sunshine and turn on the grill.  These wines are ready for your next BBQ.

Find your favorite Rueda or Ribera at tastings at select Twin Liquors locations Fridays and Saturdays in July.  For more information visit the Twin Liquors events page.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the Spanish Wine Sale through the end of the month – enjoy 20% off six bottles or more.

For more information on the regions please visit www.riberaruedawine.com.