Wine and summer, summer and wine. The two just go together. They both stand for relaxation, joy, and an enthusiasm for life. The craving for a relaxing bottle of wine can really kick in after a long week of work. But some wines go better with summer than others, and that is what we are here for: to help you sort through the wine jungle. Check out this list of six of the best wines as you enjoy the rest of your summer.
Bad news: There is only about a month of summer left. Labor Day is fast approaching, and before you know it you’ll need that fall jacket again. So squeeze every bit of juice still left from this summer while you can, especially if that juice is spiked. Speaking of which, the best way to enjoy this time is with some summer alcoholic drinks, so here are a few recipes from delish.com so you can enjoy the rest of your summer to the fullest.
There are good cigars, and then there are those hard to find, incredibly flavorful cigars that are treated as almost a legend for generations. Some of the best are also the hardest to get a hold of. The famous Padron series is one of those, as are La Aurora Preferdos, and the Opus X line. What are these legendary cigars, what makes them great, and how can you get a hold of them?
The Padron 1926 Series
The 1926 series was created in 2002 to celebrate Jose Padron’s 75th birthday. The name of the cigar marks the year Padron’s birth. All the tobacco which is used in this line is aged for a full five years cased in sun-grown natural wraps made of either Habano natural or Maduro. The refined tobacco is mixed to perfection. Each cigar is box pressed and comes with a double band and is individually numbered 6 digit label, guaranteeing its quality and flavor.
The Padron 1964 Series
The 1964 line debuted in 1964 (surprise!) to commemorate the company’s 30th year in business. These cigars are made purely from Nicaraguan-grown tobacco and contain a similar natural wrap and 6 digit guarantee as the 1926 series. Production of both series is limited to ensure a high level of quality and authenticity. The Padron 1926 and 1964 series are known not only as some of the world’s most exceptional cigars, but also as some of the hardest to get.
La Aurora Preferidos
First made in the Dominican Republic in 1903, the La Aurora Preferidos is the first of the Dominican tradition in cigar making. The smooth wrapper, the hint of coffee beans, the cedar taste and the spicy finish make this a flavorful, yet balanced smoke. It is often noted that the aroma from the La Aurora Preferidos is on the consumers’ favorites. Preferidos are rolled in limited amounts to ensure the quality of the brand.
The Opus X Line
Carlos Fuente Jr. has been on a mission to disprove naysayers who have claimed that exceptional wrappers couldn’t be grown in the Dominican Republic. He has accomplished that mission. The Opus X line debuted in 1995 and immediate sold out. The cigars could rarely make it to the stores humidifier before being snatched up by cigar aficionados. Over the past 20 years, the full bodied smoke, the leathery kick, the spiciness, and the hint of oak wood have remained a top choice of cigar enthusiasts, making them often hard to find.
Where Can You Find These Rare Cigars
Many second rate cigar shops will feature a good selection of more common, lower quality cigar choices. To ensure you have access to the best cigars in the world, make sure to find a true smoke shop. Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA is the home of one of the area’s finest smoke shops. We have access to the Padron series, as well as the La Aurora Preferidos, and the Opus X lines. If you are a cigar aficionado, you will not be disappointed.
In addition to some of the world’s rarest cigars, Julio’s Liquors is the home to an excellent selection of beers, wines, spices, and exotic foods. Contact our knowledgeable staff with any questions regarding our wide range of product. You will find our staff to not only be experts, but helpful and easy to get along with.
A lot of drinks are pretty easy to make. Throw a few ingredients together, mix them up, make sure the proportions are right, and boom you have a cocktail. But why not challenge yourself as a bartender? Switch it up, struggle to make something for a change. If that sounds enticing, trying your hand at a Rum Martinez could be the move for you.
Hot summer days can be tough to handle. But they aren’t as bad if you’re in Hawaii. The name Mai Tai comes from the Tahitian word for “very good.” According to legend, when the drink was invented in the 1940s, the bartender served it to some friends from Tahiti. Their response “Mai Tai” led to the name of the drink. It’s the perfect name for this yummy, fruity drink.
Pictures this: It’s a beautiful Thursday in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. The year is 1953, and Mayor Edward C. Schmidt has declared that this day, no one is to grill their own bratwursts. Instead, the town is hosting the first bratwurst festival. You’re smelling literally thousands of bratwursts grilling all around you. Walking down the street, you see nothing but pure bratwurst bliss. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, then this recipe is for you.
If you’re a lover of spicy food you’ve probably tried Habanero Hot Sauce. Habanero is an incredibly spicy sauce, as seen here on the Scoville Chile Heat Chart.
Habanero Hot Sauce is made out habanero peppers (shocking). Habaneros originate from the Amazonas region, and the first domesticated habanero was found during a Peruvian archaeological dig. After their discovery, habaneros quickly began spreading throughout Mexico.
Hand engraved writing is one of the oldest forms of communication. Long before fancy photography and high definition printers came on the scene, people were etching, cutting, and chiseling away on rocks, cave walls, and pieces of wood. Now, glass etching and engraving is one of the most beautiful and timeless ways to communicate. Some engravings are amazing pictures and designs while others are words written with classic style.
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