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Pink is the new gin!

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That is the case of the Beefeater Pink. This brand new gin adds a new and bold pink face to the brand’s product range and appears as a punky hommage of London’s underground club culture. From the bottle label, inspired by the typical concert poster, up to a graffiti on the glass bottle and the gin’s neon pink colour as a reminder of the city’s underground clubs – everything resembles the urban, rebel and restless London.

Smooth, intense and pink, Beefeater Pink is a unique fusion of strawberries, citrus and dill, created for those who seek new experiences every day.

Enjoy it!

 

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Beefeater Pink is balanced and fresh. Smooth strawberry, citrus and juniper flavour 

Guy Fawkes Night – Tasty Cocktails

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“Remember, remember the 5th of November…”. This movie quote from the famous film ‘V for Vendetta‘ always played an important role in English history. Every November 5th, people celebrate the Gunpowder plot during the Guy Fawkes night as a memorial for the failed plan of trying to kill King James I.

And what’s a celebration without its signature drink. Therefore, we’ve chosen a few cocktail recipes for you to celebrate the 5th of November properly.

Earl Grey Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp loose-leaf Earl Grey tea
  • 700ml bottle of gin
  • Ice

Preparation:

  1. Put the Earl Grey tea in a large jug. Pour the gin over and stir with a long-handled spoon for about 45 secs.
  2. Strain the gin through a tea strainer over a funnel back into the bottle. You’ll see small particles of leaf still suspended in the gin. Rinse out the jug and, using a coffee filter or some muslin inside the funnel, strain the gin a second time to remove all the particles. This way, the gin will be stable and the flavour won’t change.
  3. To serve, shake or stir over ice – I like how the flavours change as the drink dilutes.

Espresso Martini

Ingredients:

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • Ice
  • 100ml vodka
  • 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee
  • 50ml coffee liqueur 
  • 4 coffee beans

Preparation:

  1. Start by making the sugar syrup. Put the caster sugar in a small pan over a medium heat and pour in 50ml water. Stir, and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Put 2 martini glasses in the fridge to chill.
  2. Once the sugar syrup is cold, pour 1 tbsp into a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice, the vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur.
  3. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold then strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with coffee beans if you like.

Sloe Gin

Ingredients:

  • 50ml sloe gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml Gin
  • Ice
  • 100g white caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp juniper berries

Preparation:

  1. Start by making the juniper syrup. Put the sugar in a small saucepan, then add 100ml water and the juniper berries.
  2. Bring to the boil, then take off the heat and gently squash the berries in the liquid using a potato masher. Leave to steep until completely cold, then strain into a sterilised bottle or jar.
  3. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
    Put the sloe gin, lemon juice, gin and 2 tsp of the syrup in a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes.
  4. Shake well and strain into a tumbler filled with crushed ice.
  5. Serve immediately.

Mai Tai

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp white rum
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  • 2 tbsp triple sec
  • 1 tbsp grenadine
  • 1 tbsp orgeat or almond syrup 
  • juice of half a lime
  • maraschino cherry

Preparation:

  1. Stir all the ingredients together in a jug or shake them in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Put a few cubes of ice in a tumbler.
  3. Pour the liquid and garnish with a cherry.

 

Best summer drinks (II)

 TAGS:undefinedSangria is definitely another option. But not any kind of sangria: it should be the homemade one. Like vermouths, this traditional and sociable drink, come back to the tables. We are referring to a fresh, fun and urban sangria with fun design bottles. If it can be further ecological, then, even better. Very fresh, sangria becomes gourmet. A good sangria in summer can be served as an aperitif, but unlike the Vermouth or Pastis, you can perfectly accompany your meal as a seafood paella and vegetables or during a barbeque. Grilled vegetables are delicious and with a few degrees of alcoholic bleeding, success is assured.

Sangria is definitely a symbol of Spain for many tourists and is perfect for summer. A third of wine (young) for two of soda, a slice of lemon and another orange and a few ice cubes, use to be the perfect recipe. The key to making a very good one is the base ingredients. Wine does not have to be expensive but it should be well made. Not worth anyone. The soda does not have to be the bad one either. You can choose a mineral water with gas so it is not so sugary. No need for your summer red to become a Calimocho (Spanish cocktail composed of Coke and red wine)! There is also the possibility of adding some vermouth to the mixture. It will give a nice and smooth spicy touch.

Apart from Pastis, which is also very Mediterranean, all other products are traditional in Spain. Manzanilla is one of them: this wine from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, close to Jerez, is a good alternative during the summer, with an incredibly cheap price and is really enjoyable with tapas.

La Manzanilla is a dry white wine, made with Palomino grape and aged under a layer of yeast called flower veil. Its upbringing is carried out exclusively in wineries in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Its color is very pale, a bright yellow straw. Of pungent and delicate aroma in which they emphasize floral notes that remember to the chamomile, memories almonds and aromas of bakery. The palate is dry, fresh and delicate: with a light and soft palate, despite its dry finish. It has a slight acidity that produces a pleasant sensation of freshness and a persistent and slightly bitter aftertaste.

For me, it is by far the best of appetizers in summer or one of them … A glass of Manzanilla, after a complicated or good day, does not matter … with good sausages and some good olives, enjoy!

 

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Sangría Lolea Nº1 75cl, perfect during summer days

 

 

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Manzanilla la Gitana,  ideal with tapas and aperitif

Best Summer Drinks (I)

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I am a wine lover, and in summer I also like to enjoy a drink. However, we do not all have the same tastes. There are so many possibilities in summer to enjoy … and without getting bored from only one drink.

Personally, I think that every moment needs a specific drink. It is true that as soon as the heat arrives you will not want a strong red wine with a lot of ageing or a white wine fermented in a barrel or certain distillates.

Well, what are the possibilities we are offered? There are so many that I do not know where to start.

We could start with the appetisers such as vermouths, that are very trendy today: we can find high-quality ones, not only referring to Martini and Co … Certain vermouths are handcrafted, made with ecological ingredients and convey emotion. There are 2 large groups of Vermouth: the red of Italian origin is quite sweet and the white, drier, of French origin, composed of more than 40 botanical extracts, and with greater alcoholic content. The vermouth is a liqueur flavoured with herbs, formed from a neutral wine of good quality, a touch of absinthe and botanical extracts (roots, plants, flowers and spices). The right mix of botanists is the key to the aromatization of good vermouth. The vermouth is, of course, a unique drink due to its wide range of nuances, flavours and aromas.

For soft, spicy and pleasant tastes, they can be enjoyed alone or with ice, or with a slice of lemon, orange or with sparkling water. Of course, vermouths are ideal as appetisers but they do not usually accompany an entire meal.

A variant of the vermouth that is served with a syphon, is the Spritz. Pretty sweet served very fresh and with gas, is a danger cause it’s really easy to drink … For my part, I prefer something more retro, like the famous Pimm’s.

The Pastis. Very French, very Marcel Pagnol with his Provencal accent. Pastis is a distilled beverage based on a maceration of ethyl alcohol with various herbs and flowers, but the most powerful flavours are anise and liquorice. This drink, the authentic one, the Pastis de Marseille whose alcohol content is around 40-45%, with anise flavour, is mixed with cold water and served with ice. Very pleasant in summer, its taste of anise is refreshing and ideal as much as the vermouths to the appetiser. It’s a traditional drink that is not out of fashion. The way to consume it is updated and modernised to the tastes of generations. The traditional way of serving it is one ratio of Pastis to five cold water. It is not uncommon to find several generations of people on the terrace of a bar in France consuming a pastis with olives at the time of the aperitif, in the shade of a parasol. You breathe an air of vacations!

Here you find some suggestions for a proper and fresh summer drink:

 

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Ricard 1L, fresh and long lasting anise flavour

 

 

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Martini Rosso 1L, a typical italian vermouth

How to drink like a rock star

During a long and crazy night in a bar in London, at the end of the ’90s, Liam Gallagher, Oasis lead singer, and Huey Morgan, Fun Loving Criminals frontman, became very good friends. Who was responsible? A mutual friend called Jack Daniel’s, one of the best-rated whiskies in the world, elaborated in Tennessee, USA. Actually, whisky was the favourite drink of Lemmy Kilmister too: the founder of Motörhead ‘created’ the Jack and coke long drink, mixing Jack Daniels with Coca-Cola. An invention that became a classic drink at every party nowadays.

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Jack Daniel’s 1L, the reference for whiskies worldwide

 

 

Since rock’n roll was born, alcohol has always been the most consumed product during the night between a concert and another. And in the summer season when festivals are marking the flow of time, you want to know how to drink like a rockstar.

The festival of Glastonbury is one of the most important events of the British summer and takes place from the 21th to the 25th of June. The line-up is really interesting: headliners are world stars like Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Alt-J and Liam Gallagher, who’s now really concentrating on promoting his new solo album. Talking about whisky loving rockstars – did you know that Dave Grohl, frontman of Foo Fighters loves Brennivin, a typical eau de vie from Iceland.

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Brennivín, a fresh explosion of Icelandic volcano water.

 

 

And talking about rock stars, we can’t avoid mentioning one of the greatest on earth: Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones frontman has always marked the trends of drinking for years and his passion for vodka is well-known. Actually one of his favourite cocktails is vodka mixed with orange and pineapple juice. Something similar to what Keith Richards, the band’s guitarist, prefers a cocktail called “Nuclear Waste”, that is vodka mixed with orange, cranberry juice and Fanta.

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Smirnoff Blue Label 1L, perfect for preparing amazing cocktails

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Going back to the United States, we can find one of the latest examples of cocktails that refer properly to a rockstar with his name. The Axl Rose cocktail, obviously named after the Guns’ n Roses singer, is composed by Champagne, cranberry juice and vodka. A huge drink for long rock nights when you need to stay awake and strong. A guarantee of taste, pleasure and booze. But careful, the part of staying awake only works if you don’t drink too much of it.

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve, it combines wonderfully structure and vinosity, elegance and freshness.

Beyond Beer: Exciting New Drinks for your Offseason

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Rosé Wine

Perfect to enjoy during hot summer days, accompanying appetisers or dinner, a rosé wine is one of the best-rated drinks of the past years. England is currently growing a wine culture that includes rosé wine as a good recommendation for those who are not yet used to drinking wine, those who usually prefer beer. Both the wine’s sweetness and freshness are well-known and highly appreciated all around the globe. In this context, the Maison Aix Rosé 2016 is a very good sample to taste.

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The Maison Aix Rosé 2016 rises from a perfect combination of dedication and passion for wine. With a delicate balance, crispy acidity and its fruity sweetness, he brings a summery taste of the Provence.

 

Cider

Another refreshing beverage is cider, normally served in pubs and restaurants. However, during summer, you can also enjoy it on ice in order to amplify the drink’s refreshing mouthfeel. With a low alcoholic degree, cider makes for a delicious aperitive or dinner companion. One of this summer’s most popular ciders is the Magners Berry from Ireland that reveals a sweet and powerful taste of red berries.

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Magners Berry 50cl is a cider with origins in Ireland. The Uvinum community values the Magners Berry 50cl with 3,5 of 5 points.

 

 

Gin Tonic

We’re talking of one of the most successful cocktails all over the world. More than that, gin is also a typical English product, that means earning a huge response from the British audience during the hot season. It’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy after dinner events in cosy bars and outside. The Bombay Sapphire is one of the world’s most important gin producers telling a great story and showing prestige behind its brand. This gin grants to achieve a proper and powerful gin tonic. Top it off with a slice of lemon, a few peppercorns and a slice of cucumber.

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Bombay Sapphire is a London Dry gin with aromas of Juniper, spicy with citrus notes. It is a great classic that is still the favourite of many gin enthusiasts and comes at a very attractive price.

 

Champagne

The perfect way to finishing a nice dinner is, of course, tasting a delicious champagne. Still an icon in France, champagne has also become an important part of the British drinking culture. With the overwhelming power of his bubbles, the Mumm Brut Selection Grand Cru is one of the best options for enjoying the pleasure of a very good sparkling during summer nights, when even the craziest football fans want to relax from their sports routine.

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G.H. Mumm elaborates this Mumm Brut Sélection Grand Cru, a sparkling wine from Champagne that is made with pinot noir and chardonnay. Uvinum users reviewed this sparkling wine with 3,9 of 5 points.

 

 

How To Celebrate The Queen’s Official Birthday

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The British Royal family is the pillar of England’s culture since the beginnings of the United Kingdom. And it goes without saying that Queen Elizabeth II. is the family’s most important and iconic symbol. This weekend, the whole Commonwealth will celebrate her 65th birthday on the official date since her coronation ceremony. An important milestone in the history of the royal family of which she already is the most long-lived person ruling the country.  

Thus, it is important to know how to celebrate this event following the tastes of the Royal family’s most important member.

1. Not everybody knows that Queen Elizabeth II. is a huge Coca Cola fan. Actually, the most important and widespread soda drink in the world is never missing in the Royal fridges. This is the kind of beverage that can be combined with every type of food and is perfect both for kids and adults.

2. The Queen’s favourite cocktail of the Queen is a sort of invention. Her Majesty really enjoys drinking a cocktail based on gin mixed with Dubonnet, a fortified wine, and a slice of lemon. This drink might not be for everybody thanks to its peculiar taste. But once accustomed to it, Gin Dubonnet is a fresh and pleasant aperitive, and also digestive. You can always soften it out with a splash of soda.

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Dubonnet 75cl, a vermouth from France with an alcoholic strength of 14.8%. The Uvinum community values the Dubonnet 75cl with 4,4 of 5 points.

 

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Bombay Sapphire 1L is a Premium London Dry gin with lovely and smooth aromas of dill, as well as light citric spices.

 

3. Of course, one can’t miss a nice glass of champagne. There’s hardly any drink that delivers such pleasure after a good meal. But above all, this is the main drink to celebrate an important event such as the Queen’s official birthday. Since 1884, Champagne Bollinger has been holding the Royal Warrant, awarded by Queen Victoria, one of the most important rulers of the United Kingdom.

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut: In 1911, Georges Bollinger’s British agent gave him the idea for the name Special Cuvée. More than a hundred years later, the name of Bollinger’s key figure champagne still symbolises both its expertise and its history.

4. A celebration is not complete without a proper long drink. Of course, in England and especially the Buckingham Palace, there’s no party without gin. Whether Beefeater, Gordon’s or Tanqueray, Prince Harry, the Queen’s grandchild, would be really disappointed without a taste of his favourite drink.

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Beefeater 1L: a gin with roots in England with 40% of alcohol. 4 of 5 points is the average score of this gin according to Uvinum users.

 

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Gin Gordon’s, a gin with roots in England with 37.5% of alcohol strength. At Uvinum, this gin scores an average rate of 4 of 5 points.

 

5. Last but not least, Martini is another classic drink that would cheer up your party. Along with the Dubonnet, it’s a type of vermouth really appreciated by the Queen and her relatives. You can drink it neat, on ice or with vodka. If it’s good enough for the Royals, it’s also good enough for you! 

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Martini Bianco 1L is an aromatic, sweet, soft and very delicate drink, which is why it works as a perfect blend to enjoy all kinds of cocktails or snacks.

 

 

So, what are you waiting for? Just choose your favourite drink and toast as you’d be celebrating it at Buckingham Palace!

Cheerio!

Champagne Cocktails: a growing trend

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You can’t have more pleasure than to drink a delicious cocktail during a sunset in your comfortable terrace, facing the sea while watching the sun disappear over the horizon. When we hear the word cocktail usually we think of whiskey, rum, vodka or gin mixed with some fruit juice of your preference, but the truth is that trends are changing. In Spain, for example, they have cocktails with champagne and other sparkling wines and is a craze among consumers ranging from 18 to 65 years, according to a survey conducted by The Codorníu Raventos Group.

Generally, according to the study by the Codorníu Group, Spaniards prefer to enjoy cocktails during the summer days. As stated before, the preference is for those drinks with rum and whiskey, although the Champagne it’s positioned in third place, above cocktails based on gin and tequila. The trend is slowly changing, because although they are 56% those who prefer a “classic” cocktail, 44% are opting to try new things, like those made with Champagne, and it’s a statistic that is gaining ground over time.

The best and preferred combination among those surveyed are drinks made with Champagne and fruit juices, with more than half of the respondents choosing this option, although others combinations -a little bit more exotics- that include spices or honey are also on the rise.

With today’s items available at hand, we can pretty much prepare any cocktail in our homes, due to the extensive access to tools and utensils to make almost any cocktail on a professional manner, Spaniards still prefer to go out to local bars and pubs to have a good time with their relatives and friends, followed by cocktail bars and lastly to specialized type bars or chill out terraces.

Whatever and wherever, the most important thing, is that you enjoy your cocktails with champagne and, above all, to do it in good company 😉

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial: a sparkling wine from Champagne that is based on pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay grapes and has an alcoholic strength of 12,5%

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: a sparkling wine from the region of Champagne vinified from pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay and shows an alcoholic content of 12%. 

 

 

3 Delicious and refreshing champagne cocktails

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When it comes to cocktails we first think in very traditional ones such as rum or vodka drinks, however, a trend that has been popular in Spain is to prepare delicious cocktails based on champagne or sparkling wine. Of course, these drinks are better enjoyed with the company of friends and family. Here we list 3 easy-to-make beverages with champagne that you can prepare and share:

Champagne and strawberries cocktail

Ingredients (for 4 glasses)

  • 4 shots of orange liqueur
  • 4 teaspoons of honey
  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne

Preparation:

  1. Mix in a mixer or food processor orange liqueur, honey and strawberries for a while until you have a smooth and homogeneous liquid.
  2. Take the glasses, previously cooled, and serve the strawberry mixture to half in each one.
  3. Fill the other half with cold champagne or sparkling wine and enjoy!

 

Agua de Valencia Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 40 ml of semi-dry champagne
  • 80 ml of orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 15 ml of Vodka
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar

Preparation:

  1. Just take the 4 cold ingredients and mix until dissolved each other.

Note that this is a very strong drink and you should be careful with it. Vodka is the strongest of the spirits and to mix it with a little champagne can be disastrous for some if you do not have any precaution.

 

Sparkling apple cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 unit of apple juice
  • 1/2 unit cognac
  • 1/2 unit of syrup
  • 4-5 apple slices
  • 3 units of champagne 
  • Ice to taste

Preparation:

  1. Place in a mixer or shaker the apple juice, the cognac, the syrup, the apple slices and the ice needed. Shake well until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  2. Take a pre-cooled glass, serve the mixture and add the cold champagne to enjoy.

You can also prepare a nonalcoholic version of this drink: just suppress cognac for pear juice and champagne for nonalcoholic cider.

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut: a sparkling wine from Champagne based on pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay and has an alcoholic strength of 12%. Dishes like white meat and seafood make for an ideal match for the Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut.

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial: a sparkling wine from Champagne that is based on pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay grapes and has an alcoholic strength of 12,5%. 

 

Typical drinks of Brazil

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The Olympic Games in Brazil are past and gone, but we can still enjoy the marvelous food and drink from this beautiful country. That’s why we would like to share with you some of its most famous drinks. Have you already tasted them? 

Among their drinks, one of the most known and common is the Caipirinha, a drink that we are sure everybody drinks in the hot summer. This cocktail is quite easy to prepare: it only takes lemon juice, sugar, and cachaça, with pieces of fruit added by some Brazilian to give it more flavor. It’s really a refreshing cocktail in Spain and usually reserved for summer.

Coconut is one of the foods that are used in the cuisine of many countries in Latin America. It is used in dishes and also to make cocktails and other beverages. In Brazil, coconut milkshake is one of the typical drinks, which often contain rum, sugar and coconut milk. It is refreshing and sweet, also ideal for when the sun heats.

Much like the Caipirinha, a variety of the country is the Caipiroska, another refreshing cocktail that offers a variation of the previous: lemon juice, sugar and vodka, and that’s it, the latter ingredient is replaced instead of the cachaça.

And speaking of this, note that cachaça is a distilled alcoholic beverage in the country, which is usually obtained as a product of the distillation of juice fermented from sugar cane. The leavening agent is a corn flour, known as fubá, while distillation is done in a copper container. Artisanal cachaça is made by many small producers in the country.

In addition, Brazil also surprises by the amount of juices and natural and non-alcoholic drinks that it offers. We can get some juices mixed from orange and pineapple and other more famous fruits such as Surinam, red and delicious. While the passion fruit, already known throughout Europe, is yellow and can be taken in juices, ice cream and others. The cupuaçu fruit is green-brown with a really tasty flesh. It is usually used to make fresh juices and ice cream as well.

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Cachaça Ypióca 1L: a cachaça from Brazil with an alcoholic level of 40%.

 

 

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Cachaca Salinas: a premium cachaça from Brazil.