Ovaltine Chocolate Light Malt Drink

Previously known as Ovaltine Light, Ovaltine Chocolate Light is an instant chocolate drink from the Ovaltine malt drinks range that contains at least 20% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of 11 vitamins and 3 minerals, as well as being a good source of calcium.

Ovaltine Chocolate Light is made with the wholesome goodness of barley, malt and cocoa.  Ovaltine’s unique recipe contains essential vitamins and minerals that provide a good source of nutrients to complement a healthy balanced diet.  For anyone out there who finds it difficult to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, this drink is great to ensure that you are getting all of you vitamins and minerals.

A 20g serving (4 teaspoons) made with 200ml of water contains 302 kj, 72 calories, 1.2g of fat and 11.3g of sugar.  Ovaltine Chocolate Light contains around 20% of your Recommended Daily Amount of the following Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin A, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin, Pantothentic Acid, Vitamin (B6), Biotin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium and Calcium.   Each 300g jar contains enough for 15 servings and Ovaltine Chocolate Light is also available in a 20g sachet which is ideal to take to work as an alternative to tea or coffee.

To make the drink, put 4 teaspoons into a cup and simply add 200ml of hot (not boiling) water and stir.  I prefer to heap the teaspoons and if I am using a mug to only fill it half full of water.  This makes the Ovaltine chocolatier and richer.  It is quite sweet and even though I have two sugars in my tea, I don’t feel the need to add any sugar to this. 

Ovaltine Chocolate still retains that unmistakable barley and malt flavour that we all loved with Ovaltine original and has an added smooth chocolate taste.  As it is ‘Light’ and made with water you don’t get that full feeling after drinking it and it doesn’t make you feel sleepy and want to go to bed.

In my opinion, I now prefer Ovaltine Light to the original drink where you add milk, as I find the Original can be too heavy.  It makes a great change from tea or coffee and can be drunk at any time of the day.  It is packed full of vitamins and minerals which we all need and has a lovely smooth chocolate taste.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone as it makes an ideal drink for all the family.

Ovaltine is a great course of vitamins and minerals for those who are pregnant.  Did you know that compared to plain milk, Ovaltine contains nearly twice as much calcium, five times more folic acid and zinc and 25 times more Iron, based on a 25g serving of Ovaltine Original made with 200ml of semi-skimmed milk.

Best Whiskey Distilleries to Visit in the Highlands of Scotland

The first order of business when discussing Scotch is to note that in Scotland, they call it “whisky” and not “whiskey”. Having said that, in order for a whisky to be categorized as “Scotch”, it must have been both distilled and matured in Scotland. It has to do with the air in the part of Scotland where it was matured. There are some Scotch aficionados out there who can actually accurately detect this. There is no such thing as “Icelandic Scotch”.

There are five distinct varieties of Scotch whisky, and they are distilled and matured in five areas of Scotland. These areas are Campbeltown, Highlands, Islay, Lowlands, and Speyside. The five types of Scotch whisky are Blended Scotch whisky, Single Grain Scotch whisky, Single Malt Scotch whisky, and Single Cask Malt.

There are 25 distilleries in the Highlands, and they all have tour packages. Some have tours several times a day, and all a visitor has to do is join up with one as it leaves. With others, a reservation is required, and still others will only reserve tours for groups. Some of them will even do party bookings (That sounds like a good time.), and what they call “connoisseur tours” – but only by reservation. Many of these sites have sophisticated visitor centers. There are entry fees, the average seeming to be 5 pounds. Some distilleries specifically mention special tour rates for children, while others make no mention whatsoever. It is probably a good idea to call ahead about this in order to avoid a misunderstanding.

One thing to consider when choosing a distillery tour is location. Some distilleries, such as the Park Malt Whisky Distillery are in remote locations. There are no listed hotels nearby nor are there any more nearby distilleries.

But don’t discount a visit based solely on this point. The Highland Park distillery has the distinction of being the northernmost Scotch whisky distillery in the world and has a great relationship with residents in the Orkney area. But a visit here may require a little extra planning and research as regards to places to stay and places to eat.

And remember that the air has an impact on the taste. For those who “know their Scotch”, the location of a particular distillery lends an extra aura of intrigue. Even for those who know nothing about the various types of Scotch, just getting to some of these locations could be a rewarding experience. After all Scotland is Scotland – and the Scottish Highlands is known for its spectacular scenery.

Brandy Cuban Recipe

When it comes to a good Cuban cocktail, there is really no wrong way to enjoy it. No matter how you choose to prepare it, either by following the classic recipe or by following some variation on it, you will surely find yourself sipping on a wonderfully refreshing and enjoyable cocktail!

The classic Cuban cocktail recipe is comprised of brandy, apricot brandy, fresh lime juice, and white rum. While it may be a little misleading to call this version of the drink a Brandy Cuban – since it sort of implies the other version does not involve brandy – the fact of the matter is that this drink has a much stronger brandy flavor than the classic recipe. The Brandy Cuban cocktail is made of brandy, fresh lime juice, and cola, making it a little less fruity than the classic Cuban. 

The Brandy Cuban cocktail is an excellent choice for a cocktail hour treat, and it is especially nice to enjoy after a long, hard day at work. Lime juice and cola go together beautifully for whatever reason, and the brandy is also a great thing to combine with the sweet soda and sharp, tart lime juice. It has a vaguely tropical taste. If you are really craving a little extra kick, consider adding just a dash of coconut cream to the mix before adding the cola. 

BRANDY CUBAN COCKTAIL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 measures brandy
1/2 measure fresh lime juice
Cola
Slice of lime, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. Chill a lowball glass. When it appears frosted and is very cold to the touch, half-fill it with ice cubes.

2. Pour the brandy into the lowball glass, then add the fresh lime juice. 

3. Fill the glass with the brandy, then stir gently to mix. 

4. Add a slice of lime as a garnish. Serve and enjoy!

Buyers Guide to Cocktail Glassware

Using the right glass for the right cocktail is fundamental to great bartending, whether you are a professional or just a domestic cocktail aficionado.  It is widely acknowledged that having a full collection of glassware is just as important as a hearty collection of liquors and spirits.  If you are building a bar, it is important to look for the right glasses and the right qualities.  Here are the top 10 glasses that any self-respecting bar should include:

♦ Boston

The Boston glass is the backbone of any bar.  As well as being used for beers and ales, Bostons are primarily used to form one half of a cocktail shaker.  As a result, when choosing a Boston, make sure the glass is toughened to cope with ice, fruit muddling and occasional mis-handling.  Good Boston glasses are known to survive being dropped, and if you splash out on one quality glass, make sure it is this one.  Avoid Bostons with rubber rims to seal onto the shaker; good glasses and shaker tins will not need this.

♦ Martini (‘Cocktail’)

The classic cocktail glass!  Also known as a ‘V-Shape’, this glass is designed to hold strong drinks (like Martinis) in limited quantities, so make sure they are not too big (7 ounces is big enough).  The sexiest Martini glasses may be ones with a long, thin stem, but they are notoriously fragile.  Choose ones with thick stems and moderately thick glass; these glasses are used often and should stand up to frequent abuse!

♦ Highball / Tall / Collins

In essence, these are the same kind of glass although highballs tend to be squatter than the others.  These can be used for beers as well as long cocktails.  Choose glasses with smooth, straight sides to aid measuring and cleaning.  Also, try to go for thick bases as these will stand up to frequent use, as well as being more stable if carried on trays.

♦ Shot

There are small shot glasses for boring people and big ones for the idiots!  Whatever you choose, go for shot glasses with thick bases (these little glasses are often banged on tables once drained).  Shot glasses come in endless shapes and sizes; go for whatever you like.

♦ Flute

Designed for champagne and champagne cocktails, the tall shape of flutes ensures the drink stays bubbly for longer.  Avoid the temptation of going for thinner, taller glasses if you use these frequently; they are very fragile.  An alternative to flutes are champagne saucers; however these are a lot less versatile and much more fragile.

♦ Wine

Wine glasses are rarely used for cocktails; one of the most exotic drinks to be served out of one is a spritzer.  However, they can be used as such; and make a creative alternative when serving short drinks.  Give it a try!  Big wine glasses are better (go for 11 ounces) as they are more dramatic.

♦ Old-fashioned / ‘Rocks’

Used for short drinks such as a Negroni or the eponymous ‘Old Fashioned’, these glasses benefit the most from tough bases and thick rims to ensure that they stand up to the ice and even muddling of fruits.  Rocks are usually thicker than Old-fashioned glasses.

♦ Snifter

Few things are classier than a snifter glass, especially if it is full of brandy.  As with wine glasses, the bigger the better, as these glasses scream out ‘luxury’.  These glasses are perfect to enjoy finer spirits and liqueurs as their shape captures flavour and scent particularly well.

♦ Margarita

Still used mainly for the famous Mexican cocktail, traditional Margarita glasses have a wide lip for rimming with salt, and a distinctive, pitted base.  Like Martini glasses, they can be quite fragile and therefore try to choose thicker ones if you get through a lot of Margaritas!

♦ Toddy

Avoid the temptation to serve hot cocktails like mulled wine, liqueur coffees and hot toddys in anything but a Toddy glass.  Regular glasses will crack (and don’t have a handle) and woe betide anyone who serves a cocktail in a mug.  Toddy glasses are made from tempered glasses and are also known as Latte glasses.  These can be found in coffee shops as well as regular homeware shops.

♦ Final Thoughts

Glassware can get pretty expensive; think about the drinks you like the most and focus on the glasses for these.  Also consider how often you use them; if you are an occasional drinker, it would be nice to invest in some expensive glasses.  Alternatively, if you are a party animal, go for more robust glassware and even consider plastic glasses.  The choice is yours!  

Various benefits of drinking green tea

According to Ancient Chinese Medicine, green tea was used to treat certain ailments or conditions. Going as far back as four thousand years ago. The ancient Chinese had already discovered the great benefits of green tea. They have used it mainly to treat headaches and emotional imbalances. In the recent years researchers have discovered a long list of health benefits associated with green tea.

Green tea contains certain vitamins and is very rich in EGCG. EGCG, also known as epigallocatechil gallate is a very important antioxidant. The tea is produced from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis.

It does contain some caffeine, but not quite as much as black tea or coffee. It can easily be enjoyed in the evening unless you are extremely sensitive to caffeine. If you are a light sleeper or suffer from insomnia frequently, it is better to enjoy green tea in the morning and early afternoon.

To get the most benefits out of drinking green tea, you should really be concerned about quality. A lot of times the green tea that you buy at the grocery store could be a mixed brand, meaning that it came from different plantations. To guarantee that your green tea comes from the same plantation and is of high quality, it is best to find a reputable supplier on the internet..

Green tea isn’t just any tea anymore. Most people don’t necessarily like its taste but prefer it over other teas because of its health benefits. These are people who might be suffering from a condition and seek temporary relief or they consume it as part of preventive care. They turn to this strong herbal plant since the benefits include a long list of health problems now present in many people.

Here are the reasons now why green tea should be in everybody’s kitchen:

It is a known fact that drinking green tea regularly will prevent the growth of cancer cells.

It reduces the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.

It is a natural antioxidant strengthening the immune system.

It kills bacteria in the mouth that has been known to cause tooth decay and dental plaque.

It helps lower the incidents of headaches and migraines.

It balances the body internally, helping with depression.

It raises our metabolism. It is the best dietary supplement.

It has been shown to reduce cholesterol level in the blood

It prevents the abnormal formation of blood clots.

It helps decrease infections of all sort.

Green tea is very natural, so you will experience no negative side effects.

Traveling with Cigars Cuban Cigars Cigar Travel Customs and Cigars Cigars

No matter where you are traveling, there are always customs laws regarding what you can and cannot take into or out of the country. These laws can be strict especially in regards to traveling with cigars, more namely, Cuban cigars. You don’t want to be caught over the limit due to many reasons, including the biggest of which is fine and potential jail time depending on the amount of cigars over. Check out these tips to get you through the process of traveling safely with cigars.

1) Research

Always do your homework no matter where you’re traveling to or from. For Canadians, this means going on the Government Canada website and reviewing rules and regulations pertaining to the import and export of cigars in and out of the country. If researched, you’ll find that the legal limit for cigars is 50 per person, per trip.This is the best way to play it safe because you’ll always know the exact amount as well it will save you from possible detention or fines at customs. Regulation does not focus on boxes of cigars but purely the amount so it’s always good to be safe and count them before entering customs.

Also, be sure to know what is recognized as cigars and cigarettes or cigarillos. The different between them can make a huge and sometimes crucial difference which will save you money when traveling through customs. For example, on one of my trips to Cuba I found out that cigarillos are in fact classified under cigars, which caused some delayed customs entrance into the country. This is one of the most common cigar travel mistakes because due to the size of the cigarillos, most people assume they would be considered cigarettes. However, this is not so and you’ll need to be aware of how many you attempt to bring back into the country with you.

2) Don’t Cheat

Don’t try and cheat the system at customs by hiding or illegally storing excess cigars on your person or car. You will get caught and there will be fierce consequences. Huge fines or jail time isn’t worth it for the exporting of cigars. Also, make sure you haven’t accidentally put some away in your car or pocket before you enter customs. Customs official can be nasty when it comes to these types of things. From their point of view, your just another sap trying to sneak more cigars than allowed in or out of country.

So use these tips to help keep you safe when traveling with cigars. Remember, knowledge is power!

Glenfiddich 30

There comes a point in every person’s life where they have something that deserves special celebration. For me, it was coming back from my tour in Iraq with the US Army. Being a fan of single malt Scotch whisky, I decided that something special should be in order. I have had Glenlivet 12, Glenfiddich 12, and an evening with MacAllan 18, but well celebrating the end of a war and coming home safely from it needs something with an extra touch of class. So I had my dear ol’ ma pick me up a bottle of one of Glenfiddich’s finest, their 30 year Single Malt.

The case itself is an interesting experience. It is a wood and leather box that makes sure that your single malt will be safe while it waits to be savored. The wood work is amazing, with the distillery’s name and location cut into the front just below a lovely brass emblem and black scrolling pattern. The hinges and corners of the box are brass as well. Inside, you are greeted with leather that offers a lovely smell as you open the case. The door houses a leather-bound booklet about the bottle as well as the history of the distillery. One of the pages is stamped with the year it was distilled, which in my bottle’s case is 1961. This gives you an extra appreciation of the time it spent getting to you and the journey it made from the Scottish Highlands. The bottle itself is supported with a block at the top that keeps it immobile in the case and another at the bottom that is formed to the bottom of the bottle to cradle it like a mother would protect her baby.

Opening up the seal and pulling the cork stopper is a magical experience. A faint whiff of the cork…or the smell of it from across the room or the house for that matter…is a beautiful floral and oak scent. It is almost enough to make you hesitate to actually pour yourself a glass. Are you worthy? Is anyone worthy enough for this?

After the internal struggle to decide that yes, you are worthy of this single malt, the rich amber of the whisky is an amazing sight. Nosing it will make you want to just savor the smell for a few minutes. Go ahead, embrace it. The first sip is full of oak and figs, transitions to chocolate, and subtly adds just a bit of honey as it goes down. Zero burn, zero pain, all magic. Just sit back and slowly sip it while letting the flavors caress your mouth like a gentle lover.

Now for the downside…this whisky is not cheap. A bottle will run you about $400 American, maybe why the clerk at the local liquor store said it had been there the entire time she had worked there. Unless you are a doctor, sell Porsche or Mercedes sports cars on a regular basis, or are otherwise well off then it may be something that will be a once in a lifetime experience. It will leave you wanting more. It might make you aspire for a new, more affluent career. You may be compelled to start trading antiques for profit. You might write a best selling novel. It might bring out the best in you. Can you handle for that sort of power that you could find within yourself?

That said, give it a try. You might find new perspective in life. Your friends will probably hug you for sharing it with them, and not because they are drunk.

Types of black tea

While it’s counterpart green tea seems to be getting most of the press attention, black tea is still popular as ever. Black tea is produced and sold in various countries around the globe. It has many health benefits to drinkers.

Most teas, whether they are black, green or white, come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. The way the teas usually differ is that they are processed very differently from each other and have different levels of oxidation.

Compared to the other teas, black tea is far more oxidized then others. Black tea also has a stronger flavour and has more caffeine which is perfect for mornings when most of us could use a caffeine boost.

Many countries produce black tea and it helps their economies. Most of these countries have a long history of producing black tea while for others it is relatively new.

Producers favour black tea over green tea mainly because green tea can lose its flavour within one year. Whereas black tea can keep it flavour for much longer.

As there are many countries producing black tea there are varieties of the tea which all give their own flavours, smells and taste.

China is one of the countries which produces and sells black tea all around the world. In the Mandarin language, black tea is better known as ‘hngch’, which means crimson tea.

China produces the following black teas:

Lapsang Souchong- This tea is dried over burning pine which gives the tea a strong flavour.

Kee-mun- This black tea is from Qimen and is a very famous tea in China. It has fruity and flowery fragrance.

Ying De Hong- This tea has a sweeter taste with a hint of pepper. It is made in the Guangdong Province in China.

Tibetan tea- This is made in Tibet and is also known as brick tea.

Another country that is well known for its production of teas is India. Assam is one of the leading producers in the country. Black tea from Assam is very strong compared to the much more lighter and more floral taste of the black tea from West Bengal.

Other countries who produce black tea are:

Kenya

Vietnam

Nepal

Turkey

Thailand

Each area has it’s own methods, techniques and conditions that give the tea in its region a unique taste. Which will help it gain more popularity in a very tough, competitive market.

The health benefits of tea

Seldom are the foods that you enjoy beneficial to you, it seems. Every other day, there is a review or report issued which notes the harmful consequences of consuming a certain food. Or partaking of a specific beverage.

It should actually come as an immense surprise that tea is beneficial to health, global popularity being considered. Particularly with the health obsession of many Westerners in recent years, the world is currently experiencing the tail-end of a health initiative by the government and commercial products alike. One of these being tea, and for good reason. Here is everything you need to know regarding the health benefits of certain teas.

The world-renown antioxidant properties of tea

With emphasis on green teas, many studies in the past decade have confirmed that the plant does in fact have a negative impact on one’s likeliness to develop cancer, as well as cells that are already forming. What is perhaps the most interesting is that this relates to cancer everywhere within the body, from the lungs and breasts (according to New Scientist Magazine), as well as certain strains as prostate cancer.

While these results are contested by the FDA, many sources state that green tea is the way to go when priming a body for the second half of life. Many companies are now marketing tea-based ointments to fight skin damage due to sun exposure, as well.

The effect of citrus juice on teas

As previously mentioned, tea is often esteemed for its high antioxidant value. That being said, it is actually easier for the body to absorb these free-radical demolishing agents with the assistance of a citrus juice, such as lemon, lime, or orange. According to a study by Purdue University in 2007, this increases the pH (level of acidity) within the small intestine, thus making the antioxidants easier to utilize.

Tea and Halitosis

Teas contain polyphenols, groups of carbolic acid which are soluble in water. In the past few years, a group of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago determined that these polyphenols actually help kill bad breath. Since then, it has not been uncommon to find tea mouthwashes and gargles in many supermarkets and department stores.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Various studies have been conducted on mice and other laboratory animals regarding the effect of green tea on the digestive tract. According to the results, tea seems to stunt bowel contractions which result in the painful side effects of these two disorders.

Recipes Homemade Eggnog

Like turkey with homemade stuffing, eggnog is a sign of the holidays. Although it is easy to find eggnog at your local supermarket, it is also fairly easy to make your own homemade eggnog. Homemade eggnog is built around one ingredient – eggs. You can make traditional eggnog with or without alcohol, and even add your own secret ingredients.

One of the best basic non-alcoholic eggnog recipes is adapted from Taste of Home. The entire process for making this homemade eggnog is about an hour and it makes about 14 servings.

Ingredients:

12 eggs
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 quarts milk
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 to 2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 cups heavy whipping cream
Dash of salt

Directions:

With a whisk, mix together the eggs, sugar, and salt in a heavy saucepan. Slowly add one quart of the milk while continually whisking. Cook and whisk for approximately 30 minutes or until the mixture reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

After the egg mixture reaches the proper temperature, pour the mixture into a large bowl and add the vanilla, nutmeg, and remaining one quart of milk. Prepare an ice-water bath by adding ice water to a bowl larger than the bowl used for the egg mixture. Place the bowl with the egg mixture into the water bath and stir until cooled. Cover the egg mixture with plastic wrap and allow to sit in the refrigerator for a minimum of three hours.

After the refrigeration process, beat the cream into whipped cream and fold gently into the egg mixture. Serve the completed eggnog in a chilled dish or punch bowl.

If you prefer a bit of spirits added to your eggnog, Food Network’s Alton Brown has created an easy alcoholic eggnog that yields approximately six to seven cups. From his eggnog recipe, you can make a festive creation with your own unique touches.

Eggnog with Bourbon

Ingredients:

4 eggs separated
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 ounces Bourbon
1 to 2 teaspoons grated nutmeg

Directions:

Separate the egg yolks from the whites. The egg whites will be used later to make homemade whipped cream. Beat the egg yolks in a large bowl until their color lightens. Alton Brown recommends using a stand mixer for beating the egg yolks. As you beat the egg yolks, slowly add 1/3 cup sugar, milk, cream, Bourbon, and nutmeg. Stir until thoroughly combined.

To make the whipped cream, beat the egg whites with one tablespoon sugar until you create soft peaks. Again, Brown uses a stand mixer to make his homemade whipped cream. Combine the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk mixture, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a few hours.

Alton Brown’s homemade eggnog recipe omits the use of heat which is the traditional way of making eggnog. When using raw eggs, Food Network recommends using “only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.”