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Ikea Shopping

22 Sep

I’m always on the look out for different drinks so a trip to IKEA was no exception.

I managed to bag elderflower, rhubarb and blueberry cordials to use in future cocktails as well as a new dark beer they sell. As you can see the beer didn’t last long enough for the photo!

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The beer has a smooth caramel and coffee taste but was a lot lighter/ less substantial than other dark beers but I wouldn’t turn it down.

A Taste of Palmermo

16 Sep

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My endless search for delicious bitter drinks continues with two drinks purchased in France sold by Apero Sans Alcohol under their Palermo label.

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First up is Amarino (Amer is French for bitter and Amaro are a style of bitter drink)

The drink is bright red and smells of sugar and citrus with a slight bitter hint.

When poured it’s a lot less syrupy than it looks and the taste is like a milder Camapri. Citrus bitterness mixed with sweetness.

The serving suggestion is over ice or with fizzy water and a citrus or orange peel twist.

All in all this is a nice drink, less bitter than I hoped, but very drinkable and an ideal addition to a drinks cabinet- especially if you’re looking for something with no alcohol.

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Second is Gentiane (Gentian root- one of the bitterist substances known- is often used in drinks as a bittering agent. You can read more about it here)

The drink is bright yellow though again fortunately not as sugary and syrupy as it would appear.

The smell is familiar to anyone who has smelt a gentian drink before- sweet combined with dampy (sometimes even mouldy) wood.

The taste follows the smell with a sweet front taste quickly followed by a bitter, woody taste which lingers as the mouth dries.

A more unique taste this drink is recommended to also be drunk over ice or with fizzy water but this time also with Cassis or tonic water.

An enjoyable drink which although it isn’t as bitter as I would like this makes it very quaffable so it’s a good thing it has no alcohol.

The Search Continues…

6 Sep

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My continuous search for more bitter drinks, and especially bitter soft drinks, continues and I was delighted to find Venezzio Bitter on a recent trip to a French supermarket.

Tasting like a lighter, fizzy and ‘thinner’ version of Campari with woody after tones this was gorgeous over ice. It froths up delighfully, and very pink, when poured which added to the spectacle.

Thankfully you can get it in the uk so I’ll be stocking up soon.

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