|Stay IN by Gin Lovers - solidarity Gin|
Gin Lovers and OnFlavours join forces and create Stay In by Gin Lovers.
|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.
|The end of straws|
Two of the largest drinks companies in the world, Pernod Ricard and Diageo, have announced plans to lessen their environmental impact, with a special focus on drinking straws and cocktail sticks.
|Gin, the most consumed spirit in England|
The Portuguese already took to Gin a good few years ago, even before its neighbour, Spain. Now it’s the turn for Gin to dethrone vodka and whisky and return to the top of the list of Britain’s favourite spirits.
It all began a few years ago, at the dinner table where 8 friends met in what would become a weekly ritual. To dinner, they added a new Gin to taste each week. The challenge of bringing something new week after week became harder and harder and almost reached the point at which it was impossible to surprise the group.
|Gin in numbers|
The numbers come to us from England, but they are paralleled here in Portugal. In the first half of the year Gin sales grew by more than single digits in quantity (12%), and in value (16%) which proves that the market trend to find higher quality, more expensive products continues. Half year retail sales exceeded 500 million pounds, something like 556 million euros.
|Fever Tree - The Art of Mixing|
Fever Tree decided to let quinine take a break for a bit and took to writing. The result is a Fever Tree – The Art of Mixing, published recently.
|Trends in the drinks world|
We all have our own tastes and preferred drinks, but it’s difficult to be immune to emerging outside influences and trends. It’s because of this that the market mutates and evolves in rapid succession with more or less long lasting results. It’s in the summer that the consumption of spirits spikes and, naturally, it is this season in which the players try to more influence that consumption. Many are those who write about the new fashions, seeking to dictate new consumption habits, but the vast majority don’t even touch the surface of the future and their predictions roundly fail.
As we have said before, the relaunch of Schweppes Premium range contains new references for its main botanicals and countries of their origin. Schweppes Matcha has Matcha tea as its main botanical, which comes from Japan. Kyoto, to be more precise. Attentive to the phenomenon which a long time ago implanted itself in countries such as Spain, unswerving England, and which in Portugal is already just as concrete, Schweppes created this new mixer which brings the world of tea to the cocktail. The novelty isn’t exactly in the use of tea or the infusions of it for use in cocktails, but in the availability of a ready to use product.
The sun is shining and the mercury continues high in the thermometer. It’s now that you feel like an ice cold drink on the terrace. While this desire might be pretty universal, there are some people who have to think twice about hanging out for a leisurely drink, because of allergies, particularly to pollen.
GIN LOVERS BAR & RESTAURANT
|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. 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, two books launched, one bars opened - settled at Embaixada with the name Gin Lovers & Less (Praça do Príncipe Real 26, 1250-184 Lisbon). The former has the whole Gin Lovers story in itself.
In 2018 the Lisboa Gin launch. A gin with signature Gin Lovers. A gin that we want to be the ambassador to the city throughout the world.
With the time flying, it is becoming harder to know where it is all going to end.
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Gin Lovers Príncipe Real
Praça do Príncipe Real 26 - 1250-184 Lisboa
Embaixada Concept Store
De Domingo a Quarta das 12h às 00h
De Sexta a Sábado das 12h às 02h
Parqueamento gratuito (acesso pela Av. Liberdade / Pç da Alegria)
Loja Gin Lovers - Restelo
Rua Mem Rodrigues 4 A - 1400-249 Lisboa
De Segunda a Sexta das 10h às 18h
Telf: 213 010 212
Ponto de Venda - El Corte Inglés
Av. António Augusto de Aguiar 31, 1069-413 Lisboa
Telf: 213 711 700
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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.
|Gin Lovers Bar & Restaurant - 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 at 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. 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.