Tipple Tuesday!

Midori ColadaMidori Colada

1oz Bacardi Rum
2oz Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
4oz Pineapple Juice
½ oz Lemon Juice

Blend ingredients with crushed ice, and pour into a glass.
Tip – Try serving frozen in an ice cream cone as a stylish dessert!


Some theories state that “piña colada” means “pineapple covered hillside,” but it actually gets its name from the Spanish for “strained pineapple.”

The piña colada is one of America’s favorite cocktails, and can be easily made by mixing white rum with piña colada mix.

One theory says that Ramon Portas Mingot first created the piña colada at a bar called Barrachina in Puerto Rico’s San Juan, but another claims that it was invented earlier by Ramon Marrero Perez of the neighboring Caribe Hilton Hotel.

Either way, the cocktail made its way through Miami to New York, and then around the world. The MIDORI Colada, a variation on the piña colada, is an elegant cocktail with a pastel green color and a subtle melon aroma.




Sweet Tea Swizzle by Charlotte Voisey (William Grant & Sons Mixologist)

Sweet Tea Fizzle - Bols Sweet Tea Vodka - by Charlotte Voisey

Photo by Kent Meist

¾ oz Rye Whiskey
¾ oz Lillet Rouge
1 ½ oz Bols Sweet Tea
½ oz fresh lime juice

Combine ingredients and shake well. Serve up in a stemmed cocktail glass. Can also be served in an old fashioned glass or julep cup over crushed ice. Either way garnish with a big, fresh, pert mint sprig.

The House of Bols Museum (Amsterdam)

Where else can you encounter a long line of different fragrance bottles filled with different Bols liqueur flavourings and have a chance of guessing which is which? The House of Bols explores the history of the manufacturer of Bols, founded in 1575.

The House of Bols museum also offers a whole display explaining the ergonomics of the bottle, and how useful it is to cocktail waiters across the world, as well as a display of those famous China KLM Houses offered to business class travellers and filled with Bols.



Bacardi Rock Coconut and PineappleBacardi Rock Coconut & Pineapple

1 part Bacardi Rock Coconut flavored rum
3 parts pineapple juice

Pour over ice in a tall glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.



Bacardi is the first brand to introduce the unique ingredients rock melon and coconut water to the clear flavored spirits market. Rock melon is a member of the melon family that originates from India and Africa. Rock melon’s sweet and crisp taste profile enhance the coconut rum flavor. The rum flavor is intensified with coconut water, the naturally fat-free, clear and refreshing liquid found inside young coconuts. The infusions of rock melon and coconut water give Bacardi Rock Coconut flavored rum a smoother, creamier, coconut taste.




1. The term for an abnormal or insatiable craving for alcohol is “dipsomania?”

A. True
B. False

2. The national anthem of the US, the “Star-Spangled Banner,” was written to the tune of a lullaby?

A. True
B. False

3. To “mind your P’s and Q’s” refers to English drinks being served in pints and quarts.

A. True
B. False


1. True.

Dipsomania is a historical term describing a medical condition involving an uncontrollable craving for alcohol. It was used in the 19th century to describe a variety of alcohol-related problems, most of which are most commonly conceptualized today as alcoholism, but it is occasionally still used to describe a particular condition of periodic, compulsive bouts of alcohol intake. The idea of dipsomania is important for its historical role in promoting a disease theory of chronic drunkenness.

2. False.

The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men’s social club in London.

3. True.

In older times, bartenders would advise a customer to mind their own pints and quarts when they were becoming unmanageable.




Fun Facts

  • Bourbon is the official spirit of the United States, by act of Congress.
  • As Magellan prepared to sail around the world in 1519, he spent more on Sherry than on weapons.
  • One glass of milk can give a person a .02 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) on a Breathalyzer test. That’s enough in some states for persons under age 21 to lose their drivers license and be fined.
  • The word “toast,” meaning a wish of good health, started in ancient Rome, where a piece of toasted bread was dropped into wine.