|Schweppes – what’s new and what’s not|
Schweppes took the opportunity of exhibiting at Lisbon Bar show to show their refreshed mixers range. The premium portfolio is now organized by the botanical or principal flavouring and by the country that inspired it in a total of 6 products, 2 of which are tonic waters.
|Gin fever has reached Russia|
When we think of Russian and drinking, it is invariably vodka that comes to mind. It is from Russia and its ex-soviet neighbours that some of the best vodkas on the market come. Other spirits like Rum and Whiskey are explored little, just as is Gin, but the scene may be changing and the first Gin produced in Russia, at least the first we know of, has just arrived in Portugal. Its name is Barrister.
|Now that the fourth Lisbon Bar Show is over, here’s a small round up of the...|
Let’s begin with the Schweppes room, which stood out for its elegance and exclusivity. It was purposely one of the hardest rooms to find and entry was allowed for limited groups only. Once inside, they would find a projected interactive video, and cocktails at the end to show off the whole Schweppes range, making a visit entirely worthwhile. Schweppes took advantage of their appearance at the Lisbon Bar Show to present two new products available this summer. A new tonic with a touch of lime, which brings extra freshness, and the mixer Schweppes Matcha which adds a touch of tea tannin to a slightly carbonated drink.
|Pukka Gin – the new Portuguese Gin on the track|
Very shortly, another Portuguese Gin will be launched, one of several new Portuguese brands appearing on the market since the beginning of 2017. Pukka Gin comes from Águeda, near Aveiro in Northern Portugal, and this latest competitor has its sights set on the rest of the world.
|All aboard? The Gin Train...|
After the Gin Cruises and the Afternoon Bus that we told you about recently, now arriving at the platform is the Gin Train, brought to you by Tanqueray Ten.
|L16304 – the batch that got away|
After distilling, the only process allowed for Gin to obey the rules of being a London Dry Gin is diluting in it water. There can be no infusions, no colouring or flavouring added after that. Just water to dilute the alcohol content to “drinkable” levels.
|Lisbon Bar Show 2017|
The Lisbon Bar Show is back! On the 16th and 17th of May the biggest bar event in Portugal returns for its fourth year and it promises much.
|Elephant Gin Strength|
There’s a new version of Elephant Gin on the market. After their Dry, with 45% vol. alcohol and their Sloe Gin with 35%, now comes Elephant Gin Strength with 57%.
|World Malaria Day|
Tonic Water specifically made for the Gin and Tonic is a relatively recent thing when compared with its history of more than two centuries. The popular mixer was created when, in the fight against malaria, a more pleasant way of administering quinine was sought, something more pleasant than swallowing what was pretty much a bitter lump of earth. The solution came in adding other botanicals to flavour it, some sugar and some soda water, and that became what we know as Tonic Water. When you add the useful to the pleasant, i.e. Tonic to the Gin, success is guaranteed and today Gin and Tonic is one of the world’s favourite drinks.
|Found bottles of Gin from the 1st World War|
The connection between the British Navy and Gin is well known. The more muscular version of Plymouth Gin, Navy Strength, with 57% vol. Alcohol, left port on all her ships.
GIN LOVERS PRÍNCIPE REAL
|Praça do Príncipe Real 26, 1250-184 Lisbon | phone: 213 471 341|
It's getting difficult to know how it all started. There are stories about it but memory starts to fail sometimes.
All of the partners have different views of that first night. One may say that the first Gin and Tonic drank just had three ice cubes and no botanicals. Other can say there was only London Dry with no tonic water. However, all the Gin Lovers partners have one thing in common: they all have their own first meeting, project, decision, discussion story since the foundation between 2012 and 2013.
Gin Lovers was born from Carlos Alves mind. He is a dreamer and a professional pharmaceutical. Carlos is a dedicated Gin follower and his professional trips made him know more about the Gin world in Europe. He wanted to share his passion and therefore created a Facebook page named Gin Lovers Portugal. Other lovers joined him soon after. Those Gin addicters gathered in a restaurant to taste some Gins and started to make promises for the near future. The first idea to become a project was the National Gin and Tonic day, celebrated every year in June since 2013. The first event that started as a Gin celebration in bars and restaurants throughout Portugal, made the news and put the six Gin Lovers in an increasing successful project. The National Gin and Tonic day in 2013 was the start of Gin Lovers as a company, with lifetime projects: Workshops and Gin Experiences in Lisbon and Porto, the first Gin Magazine in the World - Gin Lovers Magazine (now available in English), two books launched, two bars opened - now settled at Embaixada with the name Gin Lovers Príncipe Real (Praça do Príncipe Real 26, 1250-184 Lisbon). The former has the whole Gin Lovers story in itself.
Now, the Gin Lovers team has four names: Carlos Alves, José Lázaro, Miguel Veiga Miranda e Miguel Somsen. With the time flying, it is becoming harder to know where it is all going to end.
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De Domingo a Quarta das 12h às 00h
De Sexta a Sábado das 12h às 02h
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|Ana Morgado, Gin Lovers bartender, won the European Final of the Ysabel Reg...|
The task was by no means simple in the face of the competition, and even harder with some rocks in the road that appeared during the tests. Even the infusion machine decided to be uncooperative, but in the end, in a contest which prized the final drink and the creativity of its ingredients, it was Ana Morgado who made the best cocktail, adding a salty touch of enriched presunto and the complexity and smoke of black cardamom.
|Chef Miguel Castro e Silva wins a wine Oscar|
In this week of the Oscars, Gin Lovers Príncipe Real is proud to announce that chef of Less, Miguel Castro Silva, was the winner of a “Wine Oscar” at The Best of the Year 2016 Awards, organized by Revista de Vinhos (Wine Magazine).
|Menu Gin Lovers & Less|
See the news of the new cards from the Less Restaurant by Miguel Castro and Silva and the Gin Lovers Bar.
|Gin Lovers & Less - The dream come true|
We want a bar that is not just a bar, a restaurant that is not just a restaurant, a shop that is not just a shop. We want Gin Lovers Príncipe Real to be a venue that shapes itself to the day and the night and, more importantly, to the people who will make it happen... you. Our signature Gin Store Food & leaves a space for your imagination to fill. There will always be something to be completed by whatever you want to bring.
|Gin Lovers unite and take over|
Gin. The basis for my favorite cocktail. In fact, the Holy Grail of cocktails. The Martini.
|Casal Mistério - 10 new restaurants that we want to experience in 2016|
A new bar of Gins was already sufficient reason to enter to bulldoze ahead for our list of sites to visit in 2016. And then if this bar also has a restaurant of hot and cold snacks, made by chef Miguel Castro e Silva, then I am already open the door on the street. But there is more. And better yet, also fall under my financial diet, with the prices of all the dishes to vary between €6.5 and €11.
|NiT - The best new bars of 2015 in Lisbon and Oporto|
The gin continues in fashion, so we could not leave out in this list one of new bars that dedicated the menu to drink. We talk of the Gin Lovers Principe Real. Inaugurated at the end of October in the interior of the Embassy. The space works as bar, with several options of Gin, but also as a shop with books and sets for preparing the drink at home and still restaurant.
|Gentleman's Jounal - When Gin intersects with Gastronomy|
When joining the simplicity of a kitchen with a space, we find the restaurant that suits us! We find an example of this in Less in Gin Lovers, where dishes with "simple" we can chop, pass a good time and enjoy a generous menu of Gins. If the menu is generous in Gins, is very tasty in their tasting dishes; moreover everything is thought to the bureau is an exercise of sharing among the guests. We must highlight two dishes that left us crying for more; the tuna tartar and risotto with darts and a crispy bacon. For those who want something more substantial, are a hamburger of veal with duck liver and fries. The kitchen and restaurant of Gin Lovers Príncipe Real / Less by Miguel Castro Silva reflect the aim of growing Gin Lovers in running the quality of traditional product with Portuguese national best chefs, providing a level of excellence in the pairing of food and Gin.