I tend to talk mainly about food so as a celebration I thought that you might like to know what I like to drink in alcoholic drinks. Spirits are out of the question as they go straight to my head and have a dire effect on my tummy. I once made the foolish mistake of drinking a small bottle of vodka over an evening at home. Home style measurements you know - with a splash of lime. After four or five biggish glasses I tried to phone my mother and fell face down on the floor as my legs went from under me and the telephone shot up in the air. Embarrasing! I don't recall getting to bed but I do recall feeling hideously poisoned the next day. As for going into work - forget it.
Ruddles County, Abbot Ale, Black Sheep Ale, Waggle Dance – made with honey, Marstons Old Empire,
Wychcraft – blonde beer ( I'm drinking a bottle as I type.)
Even my dinner today was made with Ruddles Best Ale. It was one of the Co-op's truely irresistiable ranges; an Aberdeen Angus steak and Ruddles Best Ale pie with a buttery shortcrust pastry. It was lovely with some simple vegetables and mustard.
As a self-professed Francophile you would suppose that I am knowlegable about wine. Not so - I know a bit from trips to Bordeaux and reading but I am no expert. I tend to like the French whites and quality reds and have a few favourites that I've enjoyed in the past. The average price for any of the ones listed below would be between five and seven pounds. I don't think I've ever paid any more. Neither am I exclusively biased towards wines from France. I have tried and enjoyed Spanish reds, light Italian whites and wines from California and Australia.
Chateau Laurençon – merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.
Chateau Pierrouselle – entre –deux-mers - a white wine from Bordeaux,
Les Jamelles Viognier
I enjoy Champagne as a drink for a celebration but two flutes is plenty for me as it gives me a banging headache.
Occasionally I will drink cider and see it as a summer drink and great for cooking pork with. Likewise stout or Guinness can be great addition to a stew or drunk on it's own. Go to Dublin for the best Guinness!
Lastly, I sometimes go into La Tasca the tapas chain restaurant and enjoy a Spanish San Miguel cerveza at the bar with some jamon serrano, olives and tomato bread. Hmm, hungry again now.
Cheers everyone! Do tell me what you like to drink too.