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Gin Tinto Red Premium

the gin tinto red premium is the first red gin in the world and was manufactured in a small city in portugal; is quite an exquisite gin with a pleasant juniper flavor that insists to persists in our mouth. perfect for the last days of summer. ingredients: 50cl gin tinto red premium gin 200cl tonic water lemon / lime slices rosemary springs cardamom pods instructions: fill the glass with ice and whip up to chill; get rid of the excess of water; squeeze the lemon slice and join your cardamon pods; pour gin and tonic water; stir all together and garnish with a lemon peel. or fill the glass with ice and whip up to chill; get rid of the excess of water; squeeze the lime slice and join a fresh rosemary sprig; pour gin and tonic water; stir all together. serves: 1 glass: balloon glass – gin tinto red premium

Watermelon daiquiri

a classic daiquiri is the perfect combination of rum, lime juice and simple syrup.  there are many variations and blended flavors you can enjoy or try, but the watermelon one with triple sec is our favorite for this hot summer. ingredients: 100ml watermelon puree 50ml rum 25ml lime juice 15ml triple sec 12,5ml simple syrup sugar and watermelon slices instructions: puree watermelon in a blender or food processor and strain; rim rock glasses with lime and dip in sugar; in a shaker combine the watermelon, lime juice, rum, triple sec and simple syrup; fill with ice and shake until chilled; pour over prepared rocks glasses; garnish with a small slice of watermelon. serves: 1 glass: on the rocks – watermelon daiquiri

Mazagran, the portuguese one

when life gives you lemons, make mazagran. this is a quite popular summer drink in portugal, but the name appears to have origin in a fortress called mazagran in algiers, during the 1840 war. the legend tells that french soldiers used water in their coffee in the absence of milk and drank the beverage cold to counter the heat; sometimes they added brandy to help the time run faster. portuguese recipe is bolder and usually uses lemon juice instead of water and rum alternatively to brandy. ingredients: 50ml espresso 25ml dark rum fresh juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ice instructions: add your sugar to hot espresso, stir until dissolved and cool for about 30 minutes; top expresso with rum and lemon juice, and stir together; pour over prepared iced tall glass; garnish with lemon slice. serves: 1 glass: tall glass – mazagran

Limoncello Collins

tom collins is one of the most famous gin cocktails, based on lemon juice and gin. it is believed to have originated with a waiter of that name who worked at limmer’s old house , which was a popular london hotel and coffee house around 1790–1817. nonetheless, the first recipe appeared in the 1876 and was made with old tom, a lightly sweetened gin popular at that time. the result was great and vastly became a success all over the world. now, imagine that with the italian lemon liqueur limoncello – perfect for a summer evening. ingredients: 50ml chilled limoncello 25ml gin 15ml fresh lemon juice 8 paper–thin lemon slices mint sprigs soda/tonic water instructions: in a  shaker, combine the limoncello, gin and lemon juice; press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each collins glasses. add ice to the glasses; stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses; stir soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig. serves: 1 glass: tom collins – limoncello collins

Basil Mash Gin

friday night is cocktail night at home. after a rough week we only want to chill at home and drink over it. this “basil mash gin” is one of our favourite cocktails – perfumed  fresh basil on a bitter gin is the perfect choice to kick out the week on a hot summer night. ingredients: 50ml gin 25ml lime juice 12,5ml simple syrup basil sugar instructions: add at least 8 basil leafs and sugar to base of cocktail shaker and muddle gently; add remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake until chilled and infused; pour over prepared rocks glasses; garnish with additional basil leafs. serves: 1 glass: on the rocks – basil mash gin

A tea by the atlantic

take a seat at porto formoso tea factory to drink tea with the atlantic all over you. this is one of the main tea plantations in the island, also in the north coast like gorreana tea factory, and one of our favourite spots when we are there due the astonish view you have. in s.miguel (azores) you will find the only tea plantations in europe, courtesy of the island’s balmy climate for sure. “tea varieties are determined according to where on the bush the leaves are picked from: orange pekoe, the most delicately flavored of the three, comes from the bud and first shoot; pekoe, a less-flavored variety, is from the second leaf; and broken leaf, the least aromatic of the three, is made from fragments of the remaining leaves” tip: 1 teaspoon of leafs for 1l of hot (not boiling water, once this will shrink the leafs) is the key for a perfect tea, which you can enjoy after 3-4 minutes infusing. s.miguel, azores | may 2015