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The Best Barware for Making Cocktails at Home

The act of shaking is far more intuitive than many think and an approachable option to even the novice bartender. Shaking has become far more popular in establishments and home settings alike than its counterpart – stirring. While many cocktails should be stirred, shaking is often the way to go, resulting in much faster chilling. An additional benefit is that it adds water to the drink through dilution, promoting a key ingredient. Apart from cooling and adding water to the drink faster, shaking allows for aeration, resulting in a lighter and “airier” cocktail.

The Oggi Marilyn Tall and Slim Cocktail Shaker features an innovative design with contemporary finishes. Falling into the category of a Cobbler, this metal shaker contains three components including a base, a strainer top, and a smaller cap for the strainer portion. With its 34 ounce capacity, you can make your favorite cocktail with ease and style making it the perfect option for parties and entertaining.

The Boston Shaker Premier 28 Ounce Cocktail Shaker is made from high quality stainless steel and is accompanied by a one pint mixing glass that is precisely weighted for stability. Preferred by professionals, this traditional Boston shaker allows for pint glasses to be used for making drinks and provides more room since two larger components are used to mix your cocktail.

The OXO Steel Cocktail Shaker demonstrates nothing less than an all-inclusive product allowing for drinks to be shaken, mixed, and poured with ease. This 16-ounce shaker includes a jigger cap and built-in strainer with a double wall design that prevents sweating and exposure to the cold elements of the ice. An additional feature that this shaker offers is a soft-gripping surface that reduces slippage and inner surface marking that allow for easy measurements.

The Barware Styles Classic and Elegant Stainless Steel Shaker Set is tested and certified by the FDA that provides a clean taste free of nasty chemicals. With the timeless Cobbler design, a key feature lies in its ability to be cleaned using the dishwasher. With this specific shaker, customers also receive a free bonus ebook that contains a variety of cocktail recipes that can be used for any occasion.

The Win-Ware Boston Cocktail Shaker Gift Set is a great option for both professional bartending or recreational use. It includes a variety of components ranging from a Hawthorn Strainer, muddler, bar spoon with masher, two different-sized jiggers, and a pocket size cocktail creation guide. This set is the perfect starter kit for individuals looking to explore their creative side.

The key to making the most of a shaken drink is to be mindful of what types of drinks benefit from this technique and which shaker should be used based on the cocktail being devised. The users are the artists and the shakers provide a canvas to create a work of divinely tasty art.

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6 Reasons to Savor a Beneficial Bowl

SoupAt the end of a long day, one thing I love is sitting down to enjoy a warm, relaxing bowl of soup. Regardless if the bowl is meant to be a meal starter or star in your meal, it is always a better way to raise your vegetable intake and reduce hunger. Here are some of the benefits associated with soup.

Soup fights cold

One of the widely prescribed cures for common cold is chicken soup, and it is for a good reason. Warm fluids, like soup, help retain moisture in the nasal passages, prevent dehydration, drain your sinuses of mucus, and calm a sore throat. This claim is even scientifically proven. A study published in the Chest journal suggests that, chicken and veggies in soup have anti-inflammatory abilities that help ease congestion, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose and other ailments of upper respiratory tract. Moreover, resisting the comfort factor is hard as chicken noodle soup will eliminate the craving for a wholesome and homemade soup or a bad weather.

Soup can help in cutting calories

If you think a soup will only act as an appetizer, you are wrong since a soup appetizer can help cut your entire calorie intake. Research conducted at Penn State University established that, for those people who started with a low-calorie soup, their overall calorie consumed was 20 percent lower than if they took the meal without soup. However, you should be careful when selecting your soup starter and go for one with 100 to 150 calories per serving, while also remembering broth-based soup is better compared to cream-based.

Easy and sustaining meal

Choosing the right ingredients can even lead to an entire meal out of soup. Tossing all the ingredients into a pot, and letting it cook is all that you require preparing homemade soup. Select any vegetable-packed recipe for soup and add chicken, lentils, or beans; which are all lean proteins, and you are set to prepare. Storing in individual containers is a great idea, as you can even bring the soup to work.

Soup can be an easy snack

A bowl of soup should help you skip the vending machine in mid-afternoon as it will act as a snack. A bowl of soup containing lentils and beans provide sustained energy as it contains protein, soluble fiber and slow-burning carbs, all which can be found in store-bought soup or homemade versions.

Convenient all-year-round

Soup should not be limited to cold weather. During the hot months of summer, cool soups such as cucumber-yogurt and gazpacho should work well.

Soup is also trendy

Although not such a solid factor, you should join in since almost everyone eating soup, especially Bone Broth, which has become a buzzy bite lately. With the many health powers it is being claimed to contain, the two most important to keep in mind include its use as a post-workout snack and the immune-boosting benefits. Bone broth can be prepared using various types of bones such as pork, poultry, beef, and fish and mixing with ingredients such as garlic, spices, herbs and onions.

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