*Disclaimer: no idea how American? cider is. I like Hessian apple wine best but drink French cidre or English or German cider on occasion too.
I have a profound distaste for every drink I have tried but one, which I absolutely love, and drink every other weekend: gin & tonic. I love to try different brands and flavours, though the best I have tried so far has been Caorunn - I'm yet to find a worthy competitor. Oh, and Fever-Tree tonic water beats Schweppes any time :)Yep, Fever Tree is the best!
Oh, and Fever-Tree tonic water beats Schweppes any time :)Funnily enough, the nutricionist I saw recommended Fever Tree as a good/healthy alternative to fizzy drinks (when it was all I could drink)
I used to be into wine as a French, but oddly I tolerate it less and less. They're often too dear for the quality in the anglo-saxon world, and the more the years go by, the worst the hangovers after not even half a bottle. So I've taken to drinking beer, and love it, though I am not a nerd about it at all... I know little about beer making, and limit myself to trying and deciding what I like! So I don't like hops, and rarely a fan of IPA, but I love me a nice golden beer, or a dark or amber ale, but above all a good stout.
Spirit wise I drink whisky, so I've been in paradise for that here. I dislike spirits that have little taste above the "liquid alcohol" one, so I'm a big fan of smokey and peaty whiskies.
My favourite so far is Lagavulin, 16y.
Otherwise will drink baileys and some French dry cider... But not much else. I'm not a big drinker.
Anyway, we also adore Belgian beer, which really is unlike any other sort of beer. It's not new-fangled craft, it's hundreds of years of historical production in fascinating styles. My husband loves the lambics, which are brewed with natural yeasts that consume more sugar and are therefore very sour, and often have fruit added. But my favourites are the abbey-style, and especially the Trappist beers. These tend to be big, rich flavours - I've had beers that taste leathery, or even gunpowdery. Westvleteren is often touted as the best in the world, though I suspect that's partly driven by rarity, as it's a small production and until recently wasn't available anywhere except from the source. (I've tried one, it was a little too mouldy-bread for me.) My absolute favourite beer in the world is Rochefort 10, which for my money is like drinking Christmas: a warm armchair snuggle with fruity flavours.
But by a long way, my favorite drink is mead. I will drink mead to devastating excess, although I don't like the ones tainted (as I call it :) ) with fruit and other additions. It's an acquired taste, and I acquired it with gusto. It has the worst hangover in the world, by far. But that's the price one pays for such delicious sweetness and overwhelming sense that England could and should be raided by sea
The Meerkat is an old birthday card that I love art by Becky Brown check out her workWow!
"there is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot";D