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Schweppes Matcha

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.
For us to better understand this new mixer from Schweppes we must first understand its main botanical ingredient. So, what is Matcha? It is a tea which, just like green, white or black tea is extracted from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). All originating from the same plant, it is their treatment which gives each type of tea its distinctive qualities. Matcha is obtained from young leaves which are protected from the sun, to increase their levels of chlorophyll. They are then harvested and ground very slowly in a stone mill until they are powder.
All the essence of Matcha tea is captured in the new Schweppes mixer. Its vibrant green colour immediately jumps out, as does its markedly astringent flavour. The use of tea and quinine together makes for a more bitter and herby taste, even though balanced with a little sugar.
Only slightly noticeable on the nose, the more citrus side of this mixer finds new life in the mouth, mainly one mixed with some alcohol. The freshness of lime gains a new dimension and it is that which punctuates the palate, while maintaining the greener and rougher touch of the Matcha tea.

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.
Their latest model comes from Japan and is called Matcha, the powdered green tea that gives everything its aroma and bright green colour that is so characteristic of the tea. For now, we can tell you just that it is not a tonic water as it has no quinine in the list of ingredients. A complete review of this product will be with you soon.
From Jamaica and Thailand come, respectively, Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer, mixers that had already joined their premium range last year. The novelty is in the neck of the bottles which after being restyled show off the stand out botanical of each mixer. Now appear Ginger Ale and intense ginger that reinforces its fresh, lively character and Ginger Beer and Chilli to wake up the more distracted with a piquant edge.
From Hawaii comes the Hibiscus which was already in the premium portfolio. With a strong pink colour and a floral hint it can be surprisingly versatile as it can be used as a mixer and as a standalone drink.
The first tonic water in this range comes to us from Brazil with the aromatic touch of Pink Pepper. This tonic that we already knew stays in the portfolio of the premium mixes and promises to delight those who want a little extra bite to their tonic.
To the contrary of the Pink Pepper, the Ginger and Cardamom has left the premium range. For the lovers of this tonic that crossed the fresh heat of ginger with the exotic spiciness of cardamom, get to the supermarket fast!
Jacob Schweppe, the “father” of Schweppes, was born in Germany in the middle of the 18th century. It is to him that we owe a debt for one of the biggest inventions of that century, tonic water, which since then has always been connected to India. It is that connection that Schweppes make in the redesign of the bottle of Schweppes Original Premium. While the recipe remains the same, and it is important to point this out, the brand distinguishes the hint of lime that characterizes the Schweppes tonic water. This is a neutral tonic although lightly flavoured, like all existing tonics on the market, and not a deliberately flavoured tonic, such as the case of Schweppes Pink Pepper.

Now that the fourth Lisbon Bar Show is over, here’s a s...

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.
Then there was the Elyx room, where Pernod “hid” the jewels of their crown. In a room entirely inspired by Swedish vodka, with decoration that deserved extra attention and music that invited you to try a cocktail, we found all the Gins in the Beefeater, Plymouth, Seagram’s and Moneky 47 ranges, this last one for the first time in the portfolio.
At the Puerto da Indias stand, which was decorated with various of the Spanish company’s bottles acting as lamps, the new recipe Puerto de Indias Classic was available. We’ll give you more details on that very soon.
Another must-see was the Prime Bar where their whole portfolio was on show, but the spotlight was on the newly arrived Genebra Bols and, of course, on the Hendrick’s, with new creations developed exclusively for the contest.
Well known in Portugal, William Chase brought a beautiful stand where the “very British” sofa was always full and the camera flashes never stopped. It was the ideal spot to taste the brand’s portfolio served by guest bar staff.
Another Genebra worth a visit was By The Dutch, brought by Wine Time, a serious case of smooth. The Dutch company also used their space to present their new Gin, dry and lightly herbal, very much in the old tradition of the Low Countries.
Gin Maré, the Mediterranean Gin par excellence, found a sunny spot on the patio on the first floor for their stand. At the Cocktail Market by Global Premium Brands, filled with fresh fruits on the counters, a team of bar staff, and some guests, this Spanish Gin was served either with a simple tonic or as a cocktail.
From Italy, the country that gave the theme to this year’s Lisbon Bar Show, came the tonics by J. Gasco. The big novelty was their new tonic with only 13,5 Kcal and a gentle touch of juniper.
Finally, a well-deserved mention for all the Portuguese Gins that made their presence felt. Yet again, the record for the number of exhibitors was beaten, with almost 20 of them. Returning brands, Friday, Wild Snow Dog and Gold Grail, were joined by some newbies such as Amicis, Bica and Real Gin, among many others.
If you didn’t make it to the show, we’re sure that by now you’ll want to get here for next year. Till then!

The Lisbon Cocktail Week

Cocktails of the world, unite. Because our time is coming! More than 40 bars and restaurants from Lisbon will participate in the first edition of the Lisbon Cocktail Week to be held from the 22nd of April to 1st of May, 2016. The event will be a ten day celebration of the cocktail (and not only gin cocktails) with a map of the best places in Lisbon, including the Gin Lovers Príncipe Real. During the Lisbon Cocktail Week you will be able to try drinks of each bar and restaurant and see the election of the Best Lisbon Cocktail. There will also be a happy hour - Cocktail Moment - where you pay 1 for 2 from 6 to 11pm. Cocktail Week Coming to Lisbon for the first time, the ten-day event is organized by Mario Batista with the help from Paulo Amado, Edições do Gosto, and has the support of brands like Compal, Veggie, Diageo, Pernod Ricard, PrimeDrinks and Schweppes. The sparkling water Água das Pedras is the official product and Vinhos do Douro and Porto are the institutional partners. "This is the ideal time for Lisbon to receive an event that is already a reference in other cities such as Paris and London. It is a unique opportunity to discover the best cocktails and celebrate the city in all its splendor", explains Mario Batista, the organizer.

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Schweppes Pink Pepper

Origin Spain
Type Flavored

Brief Description
Jacob Schweppe - a watchmaker and German chemist living in Switzerland - will forever be linked to the history of soft drinks. In the late eighteenth century, he produced carbonated mineral water artificially, now known as Soda. In the nineteenth century, with the company producing in the United Kingdom, the first lime soda with gas was created. The Schweppes tonic water was born shortly after in 1870, with the introduction of quinine on the recipe.
But adding artificial gas to the mineral water was only half the challenge. The problem was keeping it. The Schweppes bottle - now recovered - appears as the true stroke of genius: its round bottom meant that the bottles were always tumbled and thus the stopper remained moist. This ensured airtightness and maintenance of gas.
The Schweppes tonic water new range was launched in the twenty-first century, with the Pink Pepper became one of the flavored waters most implemented on the market.
The pink pepper flavor comes out ahead and the quinine and citrus component are not noticed on the nose. The flavor of pink pepper is also the first thing felt on the mouth but gives way to the citric taste of lemon-lime and to dry aftertaste of quinine. As for the gas, this is immediately noticeable when poured on a glass or drank. Carbonation is very present and lasts, maintaining the freshness of the Gin and Tonic from the first to the last sip.

Advice for use
Tonic water pink pepper aroma will intensify Gin giving it more spicy and lasting notes. Combine it with London Dry or fruity Gins. 

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Schweppes Original Tonic

Origin Switzerland (the first unit was built in England)
Type Neutral

Brief Description
You have to go back to the eighteenth century to tell the Schweppes tonic water story, or the tonic water as we know it. Jacob Schweppe was a jeweler and scientist by vocation. In 1783, he discovered how to produce carbonated water on a commercial scale. The tonic was born a century later - in 1870 - with the addition of higher carbon dioxide content - the brand signature that lingers to this day - and quinine.
The gas is still very present in the Schweppes Original Premium and throughout the remaining range, and appears in the form of large and lively bubbles. It is a tonic which balances harmoniously the sweet of sugar with the acidity and freshness of citric acid and bitter quinine, using only natural source ingredients. It is extremely fresh with lime notes. This freshness is transported to the Gin & Tonic, where Schweppes will always co-star and not merely supplement.
The Schweppes premium bottles recover the original shape of the brand with round bottom. This was ingeniously found to always maintain contact between water and stopper preventing the gas to be lost, as the bottles had never kept standing.

Advice for use
It is one of the most versatile tonic waters on the market but its liveliness (lots of freshness and gas) can overshadow softer Gin aromas.

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Schweppes Hibiscus

Origin Spain
Type Flavored

Brief Description
Tonic water has been successful since its beginning, largely due to its prophylactic use against malaria. It became Britain's non-alcoholic favourite drink and Gin's favourite supplement. Quinine's growing demand and scarcity of natural sources , aggravated by the destruction of crops during World War II, led to the research and use of artificial solutions. The premium line was launched in the twenty-first century and returns to the old recipes and natural sources, either of quinine or sweetener.
Schweppes range of premium mixers is identified by the iconic bottle and a color code that distinguishes its different flavors. Schweppes Original, Pink Pepper, Ginger and Cardamom and Orange Blossom and Lavender. Now it's time for the Schweppes Hibiscus. It is also the first tonic water with color - a shade of pink made by a hibiscus flower infusion.
The Schweppes Hibiscus is distinguished from other tonic waters for its pinkish hue from the hibiscus flower. Its aroma is also more floral and fruity than other neutral tonics. On the nose, it is the sweet and floral aroma that stands out. In the mouth, the scent of hibiscus flower is the first to kick evolving into a more citric and dry aftertaste. This makes it the perfect mixer for a fresh and distinctly fruity Gin and Tonic.

Advice for use
The Schweppes Hibiscus floral and fruity notes add new flavors to dry Gins making them more round and smooth.