SanaSanuS: Drinks of Cultures

Defining the social and cultural aspects of drinking right from 4000BC.

English Breakfast Tea

The English way of drinking black tea in the morning with a piece of cake.

Cultural "Cuban "Corona Lime" Mojito

Traditional Mojito drink made with pure sugarcane rum.

Cultural Japanese Sushi and Sashimi

Enjoying warm or cold Sake with Sushi or Sashimi in a Traditional Japanese way.

Elegant Classic Martini

James Bond signature shaken Martini.

Home Bar Setup Accessories

Home Bar Design

There is a general misconception that has remained with many of us for so long that a home bar must be designed with the house or that a big space is required to manage a standard home bar but the truth is that many of us don't build our house and we end up moving to an apartment limited by space or rather has no home bar in its architecture, hence the call for a Portable Home Bar as the simple solution. Aside from this, it can easily be customized to meet up with trend and vogue, inexpensive and also movable to different location as we may deem fit.

A simple web search will generate various ideas on portable home bar to suit budget and taste. The simple truth is everyone deserves a bar at home, not just for personal contentment but also a symbol of hospitality to visitors and also the best necessity for house parties.
home barPortable, Movable Home Bar Sample

The above sample can be left open to showcase the content or close while away to ward off intruders.

Home Bar Accessories

As we all know, a home bar is not meant to be a storage cabinet where we keep our bottles, instead it needs a life of its own and to make it more interesting we should be inviting friends and families over for wine tasting, cocktail or mocktail (non-alcoholic cocktail) experiment, house party and so on. Hence, the need for necessary accessories to make these possible. I have managed to list some basic ones below which are necessary for a befitting home bar but note the list is inconclusive as you may add your own.

Below are different types of glasses every home bar should have. However, I would recommend acrylic for the outdoor. Quantity, quality and brand are a matter of individual choices.
highball glassrock glassbeer mug  white wine glassred wine glass champagne wine glass cordial glass brandy baloon glassdecanter glass    martini glassmargarita glassirish coffee glass         
shooter glass

Bar Condiments

Fresh fruits, sugar syrup, salt, pepper, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, agave syrup, olives, cocktail onions and so on. The list here is endless depending on personal cocktail choices.
Bar Tools

In order to explore different aspects of the bar which includes making drinks, some basic tools as listed below are needed to do this efficiently. Also, the list is inconclusive.
bar caddy bar spoon bottle opener champagne stopper chilling rock cocktail coaster cocktail flask cocktail pick cocktail shaker cocktail stirrer cocktail strainer cocktail straw ice bucket ice crusher 474058_SS ICE SCOOP                  ice tong   measure or jigger muddler  peeler rimmer  speed pourer squeezer 450018_AMBER_GLASS_BOTTLE wine vacuum wine stopper
pepper mill
These accessories can be found at the Online Drink Store for a befitting home bar.

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Loire Valley Wine Region of France

Loire Valley Wine Region
It is close to the Northern limit of commercial grape growing. The long hot summer poses an exception here rather than the rule as their is a worry of grapes ripening sufficiently. Majority of the wines are white, then the red and little sparkling.

The western Loire around Nantes is the home of Muscadet, an area of low, sandy hills with cool and sandy climate. Moving to the middle Loire, things heat up and the climate becomes mild with moderate rainfall. The west is capable of producing some marvelous sweet wines as they have the tendency towards the noble rot.

The upper Loire is to the extreme northeast of the valley with a general continental climate with hot but short summer.

Loire Valley Map

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Below are the white grapes varieties:

Muscadet dominates the western Loire Valley, making dry white wines.

Chenin Blanc is the great grape of middle Loire and can vary from producing bon dry white wines to sweet or botrytis effected sweet wines. It is a versatile grape found into several appellations within the region (Coteaux du Layon, Vouvray, Savennieres) with red wines made from Cabernet Franc ( Samur, Bourgeuil).

Sauvignon Blanc is the star of the upper Loire. It produces white appellation as Sancerre and Poully Fume which are known internationally. The red wines from Pinot Noire  are also produced with the Sancerre sppellation. Pinot Noire is also used for producing Sancerre rose and blended into the sparkling wine production using the traditional metthod, together with other grapes to create appellation as Cremant de Loire among the best known.

A collection of Loire Valley Wines is at the Online Drink Store

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