Which means, in the most casual sense, good craic or not so good craic. Boozers or non-boozers, you might be wondering? Well, not exactly, because while in a very general sense many who are open to having fun tend to enjoy a pot or two, it’s also true that many non-drinkers are great company. while far too many tops are unbearably boring.
I am reminded of this because I have just been given two bottles of gin – one without alcohol and one standard – to review. I also have a friend who is 50 today and loves a pot and a mutual friend who isn’t 50 today and isn’t. Which bottle to bring to the party?
Well, who really wants to wake up to the deadly realization that their best days are far behind them and a stinking hangover to boot? Let’s be merciful and bring the old badgers a bottle of today’s top recommendation, the super smooth and refreshing Gordon’s 0.0% Alcohol Free Gin (£14 at Tesco, £14.50 at Sainsbury’s, prices may vary elsewhere). Loaded with all the best distilled botanicals and plenty of punchy juniper berry flavors with just a hint of citrus – if I didn’t know it wasn’t gin, well, I’d probably think it was . Even better, almost, than the real thing. Serve slightly chilled with tonic water, lemon, mint garnish and lots of ice. As if you didn’t know.
I am nothing, dear drinkers, if not altruistic. And while I don’t want my old buddies waking up and feeling bad tomorrow morning, I really think it’s only fair and proper on an occasion as important as a milestone birthday someone should be. properly hammered and suffer like Satan the next day. I’m happy to take that bullet and my own poison of choice to drink alone at the party, assuming that happens – no invite yet – is the locally made Shortcross (Crossgar) Angels Edition Gin (£39.99 , naked wines. com). The standard bottle is available at many local wine merchants and supermarkets, but this particular bottle is exclusive to Naked Wines and blends lemon myrtle and grains of paradise with local botanicals. Fruity and spicy aromas of orange peel, lavender, star anise and cardamom mingle very pleasantly with flavors of juniper and fresh citrus. A real bite of summer in a glass!
To make the perfect gin and tonic – fill your glass with ice, shake the glass well, pour the gin quickly enough over the length of a thin spoon so that it reaches the bottom, do not drown it in the tonic and garnish with mint and a slice of lime. Of course, you don’t really need me to tell you that, do you?
Now, drinkers, before you all flood the editor with calls to complain, I haven’t forgotten that this is historically and essentially your wine column. Today’s wine of the week is the bold, elegant and reassuringly complex 2019 Rastras Malbec (£7.50, M&S). This plump, savory and elegant Argentinian red has an opulent mouthfeel full of tart blackberry flavors and earthy, zesty spices that are nicely balanced by firm tannins before a lingering finish with hints of oak, vanilla and licky licorice. the lips. One for your roast lamb this Sunday.
It’s not just people, drinkers – there are also just two kinds of days, nights and – by extension – lives. The good and the bad. So whether it’s high-alcohol or alcohol-free, make sure there’s plenty of craic. On what a happy note, Russian naval forces are said to have withdrawn from Irish fishing waters after local fishermen in Bandon, County Cork, came out on their boat to make angry noises and wave their fists and fishing rods fishing against Ruskies. The Russian captains saw their ship and shouted “A Bandon Ship”, after which their crews all dived into the sea and were never heard from again. Allegedly. See you next week, drinkers, cheers!
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