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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.

The best rum for your mojito

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Mojito cocktail is one of the most successful drink, and certainly the most famous of those made with rum. However, neither cocktails experts agree on ingredients: lemon or lime, white or brown sugar, mint or peppermint, sparkling water or tonic, and the list keeps going.

Not to mention the new variants of mojito with strawberry, coffee liqueur, chocolate, watermelon, and more… the possible combinations are almost endless, so how to choose the best rum for your mojito?

The first thing to think about is what kind of “feeling” are you trying to achieve with your mojito, do you want a refreshing mojito? A sweet one? Maybe sour taste? A hot drink? The ingredients and flavors mark the style of your mojito along with the type of rum you choose since it is the main ingredient. Here we suggest some rum references according to the taste of your cocktail:

Bitter Mojito: this is the kind of drink where strong aromas and flavors are dominant such as the tonic, lime or lemon peels or heavy liquors like tequila. These are the most original mojito because it is not the classical idea of mojito, is that touch of bitterness that makes it a much more refreshing combination. In this case, if you want to accentuate the bitter taste, you should use a very light white rum with aromas, such as Bacardi rum. Note that the rum is one of the sweetest spirits and that, therefore, any rum flavor could make your drink to lose its bitterness.

Sugar Mojito: these mojitos are obviously made out of sweet flavors and tastes, like syrup or mashed red fruit (from strawberry to pomegranates), chocolate, passion fruit, figs or even a splash of sweet cava. However, these drinks may result cloying if you prepare them with a sweet rum: in fact, they need a strong rum to keep its consistency. One of the best options is the Barceló, a very deep a nuanced rum.

Acid Mojito: the original mojito is an exceptional combination of the bitterness sparkling water or soda and the acidity of lime or lemon. It is fresh and fun. In the case of an acid mojito, you can change the sparkling water for regular water, or add chunks of pineapple, grapefruit, and other acidic tropical fruit. It is recommended to use in this case a sweet rum instead of using sugar. An ideal candidate is the Bacardi Limon, specially designed for such mixtures.

Spiced Mojito: this type of mojitos are highly valued in non-Hispanic countries, where the most famous rums are from the old –or actuals– English or French colonies, like Bermuda, Martinique or Jamaica. You can use pepper, juniper, ginger or coffee instead of mint and marinated citrus juices. In these cases, you should go with Captain Morgan rums that will for sure be your best friend to surprise your guests or beloved ones

These are just some of our suggestions, but if you are looking to enjoy a traditional mojito, here are 2 rum references to make an authentic one, enjoy!

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Ron Barceló Añejo

 

 

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Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold 1L

What was it like to drink back in Shakespeare time?

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Four hundred years after Shakespeare wrote his last work, we will review the drinks mentioned in his plays, the same ones he and his associates probably used to toast after his success.

Each of the works of Shakespeare has at least 38 mentions of alcoholic beverages. The choice of drink for a character was an indicator of social status or character, and the fashions and practices of the age.

Tea and coffee were still to arrive in Britain, and water was a health risk back then, so alcoholic drinks were the most common choice. In Shakespeare’s time, drinking water was hardly an option, especially in towns and cities. Thus, the most common drinks were the following:

Ale and beer

The ale was a traditional soft drink among all, including children, who were drunk from breakfast until bedtime. It also represented a source of vitamin B. This drink crossed the barriers of social status, as it was consumed by the rich and poor.

The beer was then a novelty in Holland, where hops were added. The aromatic addition was initially seen as an adulteration but gradually took over England. In Shakespeare’s time, beer was relatively sweet and fruity.

Aqua vitae

Aqua vitae covers most forms of alcohol, so at that time this could include beverages like brandy and whisky. It’s mentioned 6 times by Shakespeare, where he referred it as a restorative or therapeutic drink, unlike wine or beer.

In fact, the nurse in Romeo and Juliet asks for it twice: the first time when she explains Tybalt’s death and the banishment of Romeo, and the second time when he discovers that Juliet is dead (apparently) in her bed.

Claret

Claret, at that time, was a lot lighter than you would expect to drink and it was closer to a pink than a red of Bordeaux. There is a very important symbolic meaning of Claret in Shakespeare’s work. In the twelfth century, Bordeaux and Gascony area became English territory due to the marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Bordeaux wines were sent in large quantities to England.

But by the end of the Hundred Years’ War, Henry VI had lost Gascony, recovered by the French, and the availability of Claret decreased. The loss was still being felt in the times of Shakespeare.

It is worth to mention that the wine was a luxury in Shakespeare’s England, and was not accessible to everyone. As it was an imported product, with a value 12 times higher than beer or soda, it was a drink only available to kings and courtiers.

Sherry sack

The Sherry sack it’s now what we know as fortified wine. It became a well-accepted term for a variety of wines like sherry, some of them fortified and some sweets, but the Sherry sack was the best known. There are many references to this drink associated with Falstaff character, where he enjoyed Sherry sack and was always eager to ask for more. In Twelfth Night, Don Tobias and Sir Andrew Aguecheek express their fondness for the sack (Come, I will burn some sack. It’s too late to go to bed”.) In The Tempest, Stephano uses a cylinder head from a sack as a float to swim away from the wreck.

Metheglin

The metheglin it’s a fermented alcoholic beverage made out of honey and it comes from Welsh. It was a spiced mead. It was fermented with honey and was used as a tonic. It was a drink that only the richest of society could afford and was mentioned twice by Shakespeare, once in Love’s Labour’s Lost, and another in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Although today is not produced for commercial distribution, there has been some interest in returning to this drink.

Muscatel

Rich and sweet and made from Muscat grapes, is the drink of Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew. At the time, the term was generally used for Muscat wines of Greece, mostly from Crete and Zante.

Posset

Currently the Posset is a dessert of thick cream, often flavored with lemon, but in Elizabethan times it was a drink of hot milk curdled with ale or wine, usually flavored with spices and probably with sugar. It is with a poisoned Posset how Lady Macbeth sleeps the servants who guard King Duncan:

“The doors are open, and the servants have sated their thirst and their snores are heard: I drugged her Possets” says Lady Macbeth, urging her husband to take the opportunity to kill the king.

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Alvear PX 1927

 

 

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Néctar Pedro Ximénez

Five places in Scotland to have a great whisky

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Planning a short getaway? If you love whisky as much as we do, Scotland will come to your mind immediately. Discover here the country’s best places to enjoy a glass of good scotch.

1. The Quaich Bar (The Craigellachie Hotel)

There are many ways to enjoy whisky in Scotland, and this is one of the best places. Take advantage of the expertise and knowledge from the bartenders there and use their advice to taste really good malt whiskies. They are very passionate.

2. Bon Accord Pub

This pub is located in Glasgow and has a menu with over 1000 different beers, as well as 380 brands of malt whiskies. The food is served 7 days a week. A perfect choice to enjoy a succulent dish and pair it with scotch. A great place for connoisseurs.

3. Amber Bar – The Scotch Whisky Experience

Located in Edinburgh, the Amber Whisky Bar has made its mission to inform and excite people about scotch. 380 whiskies are available, excellent Scottish cuisine and a friendly and informal atmosphere that invites you to relax directly after your arrival.
The food they offer is a strong point in its favour, from delicious Scottish tapas to a full 3-dishes meal. In addition, they also have a succulent menu of delicious cheeses to pair with their whiskies.

4. Rob Roy Lounge

The Rob Roy Lounge, located at the Drimsynie House Hotel, serves food and fine whisky in a cosy setting. They also offer Paninis and homemade soups for a light lunch and a full menu of hearty food including baked potatoes and beef chilli nachos for a more abundant choice. For dinner, they serve meatloaf, fish and chips, and enchiladas. You’ll love it!

5. Andrew Usher & Co.

Andrew Usher & Co. is a historic trading house craft beer and Scotch whisky with a tradition for more than three centuries back. It is full of the history of the development of Scottish beer and distillation. It has a local menu which sums up the tradition of the place. They even offer the opportunity to create your own bottle of mixed whisky. It is one of the most original bars in Edinburgh.

In the meanwhile, get a taste of Scotland’s best whiskies at Uvinum: 

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Glenmorangie The Original 10 Years Old rises from the perfect combination of Europe’s biggest alambiques and white American oak barrels. This is what gives this Whisky an elegant, floral character.

 

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Aberlour 15 Years 1L: Compared with other malt whiskies of the same quality, the Aberlour 15 Years stands out for its fantastic price. Don’t miss it and snatch a 1-liter-bottle at uvinum.co.uk! 

 

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Dimple 15 Years Old is a classic Blend Scotch Whisky deluxe based on Glenkinchie and a high malt proportion. 

Did you know that going to the bar is good for your health?

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In Spain, there are more bars than any other type of establishments, and we love going to have a drink, talk and enjoy a glass of wine at these bars. Now we can say it’s justified, because a new research from Oxford University confirms that going to a bar makes us healthier and happier.

It’s actually very simple: the bar is a meeting point where we get to interact with other people, which in turn makes us feel better since face-to-face meetings are essential to maintaining friendships. This study shows that people who go to bars near where they live or work tend to have more close friends.

It is said that pubs and bars help provide a strong social network that improves happiness and health in general. The authors of the research say that making and maintaining personal and close friendships are vital, since social networks and the digital world are merely a supplement and cannot replace human contact.

Moreover, researchers at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford that released this investigation found that pubs or neighborhood bars in small towns are better than the pubs in the city or those located downtown because it’s more difficult to keep close friends.

The study also focuses on other things, it determines that a limited and moderate consumption of alcohol improves well-being and some (but not all) social skills. But beware, these skills diminish quickly as alcohol consumption increases.

Researchers define the pub or a bar as a place where attendants know the owner and other customers personally. The paper states that a pub or bar offer a social environment to enjoy a drink with friends in a responsible community. They even encourage people to have a localized bar near to where they live or work.

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Whispering Angel Rosé 2015: a rosé wine from the Côtes De Provence DO based on the top of rolle and cinsault from 2015 vintage and 13.5º of alcohol content.

 

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Miraval Rosé 2015: a rosé wine with Côtes De Provence DO based on cinsault and syrah of 2015 and with an alcohol proof of 13º. 

 

 

6 tips to drink Tequila

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Tequila is a very popular drink around the globe. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that consumed in moderation, it’s capable of lowering cholesterol levels, preventing diabetes, senile dementia and even strokes and seizures.  A curious fact about Tequila is that it was used in 1918 as a remedy for an epidemic flu under recommendations of doctors, and proved to be a very effective method.

Tequila is elaborated from a specific class of blue agave which contains some particular features. Keep the following tips in mind to fully enjoy this drink!

  1. Choose a pure tequila: 100% Agave Tequila has a better taste and helps prevent hangovers. If you want to be sure that yours is 100% pure, pick one made by brands like Cuervo, Orendain and Sauza.
  2. Tequila Añejo: Despite being a little bit more expensive, Añejos have aged for at least one year. That provides a better flavor and complexity. If you go for this kind of tequila, remember to drink it at room temperature, neat and in a tequila glass or shot glass called “Caballito”.
  3. Alternate tequila and sangrita: Another option is to alternate a shot of tequila with a shot of sangrita, a traditional Mexican beverage without alcohol that helps to better digest the first shot. If you want to create your homemade sangrita just mix 1 cup of orange juice, 1 cup of tomato juice, 1 dash of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of grenadine and 4 dashes of hot sauce.
  4. Taste correctly: To taste the tequila correctly you should pour a measure of the drink in a shot glass, raise it up to your eyes, look at its color, stir gently and then wait for the liquid to adhere to the walls. Then, take a sip and savor for 10 seconds before repeating.
  5. Drink it with lime and salt: Contrary to the general belief, the majority of Mexicans don’t use lime and salt to drink their tequilas, but it’s an accepted way to do so. The other option is to drink it calmed and pure.
  6. Drink it as a margarita: another way to drink your tequila is by preparing one of the world’s most famous cocktails. For that, you only need to mix 2 parts of tequila with half part of orange liqueur, 1 part of lime juice and half part of agave nectar and ice in a shaker. Enjoy it!

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Tequila Corralejo Reposado

 

 

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Tequila la Tilica Blanco

 

 

5 anecdotes on gin

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Nowadays most of us have access to comprehensive information on our favorite drinks. If you are an avowed fan of gin, you will enjoy the following anecdotes that we are about to share with you.

  1. The word gin comes from Juniperus, juniper. Gin is obtained by the distillation of barley and flavored with juniper berries amongst others. Therefore, it receives the name Juniper or Juniperus communis. The taste of this drink can be highly variable due to its elaboration process as well as the additives involved in the gin. Thus, the taste of a gin can enormously vary between one brand and another. The two main types of gin are the Dutch (less purified and more flavored grain) and the London Dry (free from sweeteners and colors).
  2. Gin was created in the Netherlands, not in London. Although gin is often associated with Great Britain and London, its origin is Dutch. It is believed that gin was invented by a physicist named Franciscus Sylvius during the mid-seventeenth century, and although there is evidence of the prior existence of a drink with some similar characteristics, it is said that it was in the Netherlands where Franciscus began selling gin in order to treat medical problems such as lumbago, biliary stones or gout. Shortly after that moment, gin found a new market in London. Queen Elizabeth or Queen Mom, was partly responsible for converting gin into a fashionable drink (she was a fan of its digestive properties).
  3. Gin was used to combat malaria.  As mentioned before, the discoverers and travelers from the eighteenth century were at risk of contracting dangerous diseases when traveling and exploring throughout the world. At that time, the bitter compound quinine was known as a preventive medicine against malaria. But the bitter taste did not appeal to everybody. For this reason, people began to mix it with gin. Some consider this story as the birth of Gin & Tonic. Gin was also used to combat scurvy.
  4. The Philippines are the best market for gin. This oceanic country is the world’s most important consumer of gin. Its market takes almost the half (43%) of the worldwide gin production. The San Miguel Geneva is one of the most popular gin on the Philippine market with 22 million cases sold annually. Further major consumer markets of gin are the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain. Recently Gin & Tonic has become one of the most popular drinks thanks to the hipster culture but not too much time ago was seen as an outdated drink for older people.
  5. It was the favorite drink during Dry Law. During the prohibition of alcohol, London became a major producer of illegal gin. At the same time, bathtubs in American apartments were used to store thousands of liters of gin which was the most consumed beverage during that period. It was precisely there where most of the gin cocktails were created, as the spirit was mixed with other ingredients to outbalance its strong flavor.

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City Of London Square Mile London Dry Gin: A London Dry gin.

 

 

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Adnams Copper House Dry Gin

 

 

7 alcohol-free cocktails you must give a try

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Alcohol-free cocktails are excellent choices for pregnant women and families with children that want to share countless varieties of delicious and tasty mixes. 

1. Citric cocktail with tea

This drink is ideal for the cold part of the year. It has a soft citric taste and should be prepared a day ahead of consumption.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of squeezed orange juice.
  • ¾ cup of instant tea
  •  ½ cup of sweet lemonade
  • ½ cup of caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 pinches of ground cloves

Preparations:

  1. Mix all the ingredients well together and keep them in a container with lid for 1 day.
  2. Boil 3/4 of a cup water for each tablespoon of mix.
  3. Before serving, you can decorate the glass with slices of orange and a stick of cinnamon.

2. Cider with herbs

One of the best parts of this drink is its lovely aroma. In addition, it’s a very good alternative drink in colder regions.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of aromatic cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 pinch of aromatic pepper
  • 6 cups of apple cider

Preparation:

  1. Mix the sugar, the water, and the spices together in a pot that holds 1 liter and cook it for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix the prepared sugar mix and the cider in a pot of 2 litres and cook on high temperature for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat. Strain and serve.

3. Lemon Smoothie

This drink should be served in a tall glass, and is enough for 4 persons.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of milk
  • ¾ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 small box of condensed milk
  • 2 egg whites with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Whisked together until fluffy.
  • 2 tablespoons of finely grated lemon zest
  • Sugar to taste

Preparation:

  1. Mix together milk, lemon juice, sugar and the condensed milk in a mixmaster for 3 minutes. Whisk egg white with sugar                                                                        
  2. Pour the sorbet into the glasses and top of with whisked egg whites.                        
  3. Sprinkle over the grated lemon zest.

 

4. Alcohol-free Piña Colada

The same as the original recipe for Piña Colada and a very refreshing drink, this alcohol-free version can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of pineapple juice
  • 2 balls of rum ice cream with prunes
  • 8 drops of coconut cream
  • 4 slices of pineapple
  • 4 cocktail cherry

Preparation:

  1. Mix the pineapple juice, the coconut cream, and the ice cream.
  2. Keep the mix in the fridge until serving.
  3. Decorate every glass with a slice of pineapple and cocktail cherries.

5. Apple cocktail with peppermint:

This is a very refreshing drink, healthy and very easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice                                                                                      
  • 2 apples
  • 0,5 deciliter of sparkly water
  • Peppermint leaves to taste
  • Crushed ice to taste

Preparation:

  • Add 2 leaves of peppermint to the lemon juice.
  • Peel the apples, take out the core and crush the apples finely
  • Add the lemon juice to the crushed apples.
  • Add the sparkly water.
  • Pour the mix into a large pitcher, add the ice and decorate the drink with a few leaves of peppermint. 

6. Tropical Drink:

This recipe can be done in 15 minutes, it’s nutritional and tastes just lovely.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 guava
  • 1 small papaya
  • 1 sugar apple
  • 1 banana                                                                                                                      
  • 8 passion fruits

Preparation:

  1. Squeeze the oranges, pour them into mixmaster, add the pulp of guava, papaya, and the sugar apple.
  2. Liquidize the ingredients. Add the banana and mix everything.
  3. Pour the mix into glasses and add a little bit off passionfruit pulp.
  4. Let the glasses stay in the fridge for a while, and serve cold.

 

7. Strawberry cocktail with cinnamon

You can decorate this cocktail with 2 slices of orange zest.

Ingredients:

  • 29 ml of syrup
  • 5 strawberries
  • 103 ml half cream
  • 44 ml cream
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Crushed ice

Preparation:

  1. Put the syrup, the strawberries, the half cream and the crushed ice into the mixer.
  2. Mix well. Serve in tall glasses.
  3. Top off with cream and sprinkle over cinnamon.

 

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Teichenne Peach alcohol-free

 

 

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Teichenne Apple alcohol-free

 

 

The best drinks for the reception at a business event

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A new year starts and, with it, corporate meetings, fair events, presentations and others social meetings where organizations will be represented. When the time comes to organize such events, the drinks offered are fundamental, as well as the catering, which should be available to everyone and should suit different tastes.

To accompany appetizers, most of them light, small and both hot and cold, a good idea is to start with champagne cocktails. They usually are served in glasses in the moment of making a first contact with everyone at the time of stopping to eat these delicacies.

Depending on the time that the appetizer is served, it is also important to have juices (two different natural juices will be enough) and some soft drinks, since some people may be very thirsty after the business event held.

After the glass of champagne cocktail, the tables should have white wine and red wine. Such wines are recommended to be low in alcohol, but high in quality, and from designations of origin related to the place where the event is held or from where the company comes. It is always better to serve local wines, as the attendants, some of them surely wine connoisseurs, may taste the specialities of each place.

Along with wines, beers must also excel in case someone does not want or can drink wine, being a much more refreshing drink. It is also advisable to serve local beer or even better, to give a different touch, craft beer.

Vermouth is also appreciated in such events. White vermouth is more elegant and low in alcohol. In other parties often they serve cocktails at the entrance of the reception, which can be alcohol free, something refreshing that leaves a good taste to get into the meal or to get back to business events ahead. While giving an original cocktail with a dash of alcohol is always pleasant for the attendants.

In many corporate events, depending on the type of organization and action, it is best to have the classics in terms of drinks: a prestigious champagne, the most consumed local beer, a wine of a known designation or a cocktail with familiar flavours.

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Mumm Cordon Rouge Jeroboam: is a sparkling wine with DO Champagne from the G.H. Mumm cellar.

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: a sparkling wine from the Champagne French region.