Aftershock is a cinnamon flavoured liquer developed in the U.S.A. If you've never tried it you definitely should - like marmite you'll either love it or hate it and if its the former don't blame me if you get addicted. The best way to drink Aftershock is as a shooter ie. down it from a shot glass. Afterdowning the shot (go for a double if you're brave enough) take a deep breath and I can guarantee that the "hit" you'll recieve will feel like nothing else you've ever drunk. For the even more brave, or possibly insane, try holding the double in your mouth, or even gargling it for ten seconds and then do the deep breath after that... this will definitely seperate the men from the boys! At around £23 a bottle Aftershock isn't cheap but with such a strong, distinctive hot and cold cinnamon taste, and a 40% alcohol content it is well worth trying just for the novelty value. Personally I love it!
Condessa high alcohol kits are a must if you want something extra special to drink at Christmas time. They are very easy to make and are ready in 3-4 weeks from start to finish. They are approximately 37% proof when finished and are a liqueur type drink. My favourite is cherry brandy, lovely and rich, smooth and warming. Other flavours are banana whisky, sloe gin, apricot brandy, peach snapps, coconut rum, orange liqueur and many others. If you like liqueurs and don't want to pay expensive prices in the shops for just one bottle, then try a condessa kit. Each kit makes 6 bottles. You will of course need some basic wine making equipment, demi-John, airlock, bung and syphon tube. If you don't have these items they are not overly expensive from shops (Boots etc) and are frequently seen on car boot sales going very cheap. All ingredients are included in the kit and all it takes is a little bit of patience. A fancy bottle full of liqueur would also make a nice gift for someone who enjoys the odd tipple now and then too.
Well, well, well, if you are reading this review, you must have a sweet tooth...just like me! I do not usually drink liquors often but at Xmas there is nothing like an exotic vanilla liquor or a strong coffee one...true! It is difficult to find, maybe I should say it was actually! There is a new shop in the west end of Glasgow called Gifted Gourmet with plenty of rare liquors - ideal for presents as well! They also opened a website with e-commerce a month or two ago so you can order online wherever you live in the UK...it is worth trying as these are high quality products. http://www.giftedgourmet.co.uk/