We recently went skiing to Saas Fee in Switzerland and had a great time. Switzerland is an expensive place to visit, with food costing a lot more than the UK. While we were there we managed to try some wine, like everything else the wine is expensive, they often have bottles in 50cl sizes which makes it a little cheaper. On average we paid about £15 for a 50cl bottle of red and £25 for 75cl bottles. Every bottle we tried was a good and would recommend that when staying in Switzerland to try their own wine because it is hard to find outside their country, they must keep it all to themselves.
Recently we have noticed that the quality of some of the wines at Sainsbury’s has seemed to have taken a bit of a noise dive. We have had some disappointing wines that are not the cheapest. However we have come to the conclusion that the best wine to by for a reasonable price is their Taste the Difference range. The Argentinean Malbec is a great red wine which we would highly recommend you try, the Merlot is also good and the Sauvignon Blanc is also good for the price. The Sauvignon Blanc is not at good as say the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, but it is a few pounds cheaper. We would recommend that if you are in Sainsbury’s looking for wine then try their own Taste the Difference range, you may be surprised.
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This is now one of our favourite cocktails, if you like Baileys Irish Cream this is one for you.
- 1.5 msr Irish Cream Liqueur into a cocktail shaker.
- 1.5 msr Kahlua
- 1.5 msr Vodka
- 3 scoops vanilla ice cream, I would recommend a good quality ice cream like Green & Blacks
- Shake and pour into glasses.
- Add some ice if you would like, but it is not essential.
This is a great cocktail which is easy to make, but will not be able to drink much of with it being so rich and creamy.
We recently spent a week in Marrakech, which is a city of contrasts with the busy chaotic streets and the calm retreat of the riads. While there we came across some wines. Although Morocco is 98% Muslim and drinking alcohol is forebidden they produce some very good wines. We believe the best are the red wines, which are usually serve slightly chilled, this is due to the room temperature being in the thirties. The guide books said to try the rose wines and while there we saw loads of people drinking the rose, we thought the reds where much better, this may be because we are not fans of rose. If you get the chance I would recommend trying a Moroccan Red, we are on the look about for somewhere that sells them in the UK. When we have found one we will do a review on BarMirror.
The other week while visiting friends in Stamford Lincolnshire we went for an afternoon drink at the Crown Hotel, the weather was great so we sat out. While there we noticed an old Citroen van right by the patio eating and drinking area. After a short time a member of staff opened the side and there appeared a bar.There did not look like there was much head room for the bar man to serve but we thought it was very cool and made good use of an old Citroen van.Here is a photo of the Citroen Van Bar.
Recently we had a cocktail party and had to get the drinks in, we needed some fizz and one bottle we purchased was a Gran Tradicion Cava 2006 from the Co-op supermarket. It was cheap at approx £5.99, but it did say on it ‘Excellent Vintage’, this should have sounded the alarm bells because good wine never boasts, however we thought it cannot be that bad, but it was. They also sell a cheaper version of this Cava, which we will not be buying. I think the lesson here is if it says ‘Excellent’ on the bottle then stay well clear.
Last weekend we had a cocktail party and tried various cocktails we had never made before. One of the cocktails we created was based on a cocktail we made over a year ago which we called Turkish Pete, because it was created by Pete and reminded us of Turkish Delight. I believe this cocktail was an improvement on the original and instead of using Gin we used Sloe Gin. Here is the recipe.
- 1 msr Sloe Gin
- 1 msr Vodka
- 1 msr Parfait Amour
- 4 msr Cranberry Juice
- Top up with lemonade
Simply add the ingredients except the lemonade to a cocktail shaker, shake it add to a collins glass with ice and top up with lemonade.
Gin and tonic is one of my favourite cocktails and is one of the most easiest to make. Below is my recipe.
- 2 msr of Gin, this is the important part and I would recommend a good quality gin like Bombay Sapphire, Gordon’s or Hendrick’s.
- 5 msr of tonic water.
- Slice of lemon.
Add the gin to a collins glass, add ice and top up with the tonic water, then add a slice of lemon.