12 Gins to Christmas

On the 5th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Opihr Gin. This gin was designed with an exotic ancient spice route in mind. This gin has a heady spice mix with cardamom rising about the rest. Despite the spicy explosion there is a sweetness from the orange. Iv had it served different ways. Most common is with a slice of grapefruit. However I like it with a sliced red chili and some cardamom pods.

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On the fourth day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me …..

Elephant Gin. Distilled in Germany but with some fascinating African ingredients.

It’s different and unexpected. On the nose it’s dry earthy and sweet. On the palate Dry and a long finish. This would go very well in cocktails.

And no it’s not made from Elephants, just like baby oil is not made from babies. Lol

On the 3rd day of Christmas

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me …..

Edmonds Mistress. A gin I had in Amsterdam, in an amazing bar called 5&33. Sir Edmonds Gin, served with cardamom and lemon. Very refreshing.

The taste of this gin, is very different. On the nose there is definitely vanilla flavoring but that disappears on the palate. It was served with some cardamom, I think it definitely could go a little hotter and I would pair it with a sliced chili. Really enjoyed this.

On the second Day of Christmas

On the second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me …..

Up next is Gun Powder. Served with a generous wedge of Fresh Red Grape Fruit.

This is definitely one of my favorite gins. When I make it at home I always serve it with a stick of Strawberries for garnish sitting across the glass.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me……

First up is Hendricks Gin. I have always had this served with cucumber but while on holidays this year in Spain it was served with a rose petal as well. I really liked it. I also like it served with elderflower tonic.

How do you enjoy yours?

12 Gins to Christmas

This blog is for any gin lover. Over the last year I have tasted some amazing Gins here in Ireland and abroad.

Over the next 12 days I will be sharing my favorite Gins with you.

I hope you will enjoy the blog.

Breakfast

Had a great Breakfast last week up at the Hill of Tara. There isn’t a lot that needs to be said about this place. It’s always Top Quality. Good food. Fresh and clean with great staff and very good coffee. More places could follow.

Breakfast

Iv been finding it difficult lately to find a decent breakfast in Navan. And one that does both a good breakfast and a coffee. Very rare. The other off putting thing about eating during the day in Navan is parking.

The only decent coffee shop in Navan is Room 8. Fresh food, friendly staff and a clean building. The only negative is that it’s so small. If there’s a buggy in there, forget about having a quite breakfast.

Sunday is my treat day for a good breakfast. Room 8 is not open and I’m left with the “Greasy Spoons” type of places. So last Sunday I drove to drogheda for breakfast.

Stopped off in Boyne Pantry, and wasn’t disappointed. I got the Pantry Breakfast. I love the fact that they use local produce. Excellent coffee and friendly service. Can you open in Navan?

Brownes 

On a lovely afternoon in the Boyne Valley we headed to Slane Castle for Lunch. Brownes bar is new and I had heard raving reviews. 

Living a short distance from Slane I had never been to the Castle before. Which is a real shame.  As we drove up to the castle it looked amazing. Fabulous grounds and something  so magical about it. 


The entrance into Brownes is really special. Decorated with out door chairs and planters. A really nice walk to the front door. You could close your eyes and imagine been a princess The weather was so good we could have been anywhere. But the real beauty was that we weren’t just anywhere, we were in The Boyne Valley. 

We were lucky to get a table. It was very busy. We opted to sit inside, as nice as it was outside it was a tad cold . Menus dropped by a very polite young girl. 


Really nice information on the menu telling us the story about where the Bar got its name. I can confirm I was as relaxed as Ms Browne was. It was nice to sit there and try to imagine what it looked like back then. 

The menu was limited for me, as I don’t eat red meat or cheese. The only fish option was crab claws and I wasn’t in the mood for this. I did see other guests enjoying them and they looked delicious. But for me I went for a dessert and coffee. Doughnuts with strawberrys. Flavours were Jam and Salted Caramel. Absolutely delicious. So soft and fresh and just the right amount of filling. Coming back again for this and just might treat myself to a glass of prosecco. 


The only criticism I have and it’s not a major one, it seemed to be over staffed, with this leaving the service a bit sloppy, everyone seemed to be a bit like “busy fools” It was difficult to get anyones attention to get the bill. Saying that however it was a very relaxed afternoon and I can’t wait to return with friends. 

Faro

Recently took a short break to Faro Algarve Portugal. We were looking for somewhere quite with a pool and a bit of culture. Faro was perfect. 


We flew with Ryan Air. The flight was about 3 hours. Getting from Faro airport to Faro was very simple. You have options of shuttle buses, Taxi or bus. We opted to take the bus. It’s bus number 16 and takes about 15 mins to get into faro. It cost €2.25, pay the driver and have the correct amount. The last stop is the bus station where we got off and our hotel was a 2 min walk. Hotel Eva. 


Hotel Eva is situated right on the Marina and is a very good 4 star hotel. Roof top pool, rooms and suites. There is 2 restaurants with amazing views and they also have a health club. 

Our booking included breakfast. What a great selection of cold and hot food. Friendly breakfast staff. Only one negative, the coffee was filtered, and not nice. But the sparkling wine was excellent. 


Faro is small and you would have it travelled in half a day. But it’s beautiful. 


We booked a boat trip to the islands for our second day. It was a hop on hop off boat. Luckily Faro’s season hadn’t started yet so there was no queuing for the boats. Our first stop was the lighthouse. And this island was our favourite. 


There was a lot of locals here and the beach was amazing. Unfortunately we could not go up the lighthouse as it was closed on a Monday. Our next stop was llha Deserta which was pretty gorgeous. The beach went on for miles. We stayed a while and got some sun and then stopped off at the restaurant. There is only 1 restaurant and is expensive as far as Faro is. 


Our last stop was the fishing island. Another great beach. 


Faro has some great restaurants shops and bars. We really enjoyed our trip here and would definitely go back.