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...but then you are buying cheap wine!

for cheap gin / wine combination the solution is:



French 75:
1 part gin
1/2 part lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 part simple syrup (it is made of 1 part water, 1 part sugar, boiled together)
3 parts sparkling wine
Garnish: lemon twist
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That's a grate idea! (Sorry couldn't resist) Does sound great, however. How fine a grate?

I use a fine Microplane grater myself to get the zest like this one although that says fine and i'm sure my UK one's finer than that.

https://www.galaxus.ch/en/s2/product...aters-13482506
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If I may revive this thread: What's the current best-buy gin in Switzerland? I have a couple of visitors soon who are enthusiastic G&T guzzlers. Am I safe with the Aldi/Lidl cheapies, or is there something else interesting and worth buying at the moment?

And this has probably been asked before but I'll risk it again: if you're heavily diluting gin in tonic water and lemon, and further reducing the flavour by adding ice, is there much point in buying the expensive brands over the cheapies?

And finally, are there any zero/low-calorie supermarket tonics worth buying or should I stick to Schweppes (which I only ever see in Coop)? Thanks for any info.
Bombay Sapphire is ok, but youíll notice the difference with Hendricks or Gin Mare, both available at Lidl often on special. FeverTree tonic is absolutely the best though you have to catch it when it does go on sale at Lidl or Aldi for 4.50/4 versus Coopís 7.50. Mediterranean tonic is my personal favorite. Serve Hendricks with a slice of lemon and cucumber. Gin Mare is good with a little lemon and rosemary or even better in a grapefruit type souróI do a shot of gin straight from the freezer shaken over ice with two shots grapefruit juice and about half a shot of rosemary simple syrupóvery good and lets the gin flavor shine wonderfully. They go down a bit too easy though
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Bombay Sapphire is ok, but youíll notice the difference with Hendricks or Gin Mare, both available at Lidl often on special. FeverTree tonic is absolutely the best though you have to catch it when it does go on sale at Lidl or Aldi for 4.50/4 versus Coopís 7.50. Mediterranean tonic is my personal favorite. Serve Hendricks with a slice of lemon and cucumber. Gin Mare is good with a little lemon and rosemary or even better in a grapefruit type souróI do a shot of gin straight from the freezer shaken over ice with two shots grapefruit juice and about half a shot of rosemary simple syrupóvery good and lets the gin flavor shine wonderfully. They go down a bit too easy though
Thanks for the info but is FeverTree available in a low calorie version?
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Thanks for the info but is FeverTree available in a low calorie version?
Not that Iíve seen.
But a G&T is one of lifeís little luxuries, low cal something else.
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Re: The Gin Thread

I'm not sure if this will interest anyone here, but I have a recipe for a "party sangria"* that is really good that calls for a few shots of gin. My friends ask me to make it every time we have a get-together.

https://www.thespruceeats.com/best-p...recipe-3511078

*Not sure why they call it "party sangria," but it is nice because you can drink it for quite a while without getting too drunk.

(I use fresh pineapple in mine because it's just so much better than canned).
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Thanks for the info but is FeverTree available in a low calorie version?
Yes but isn't worth having IMO.

I'm not in CH though.
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Re: The Gin Thread

I am 99% positive that I have seen Fever Tree Light tonic in my big COOP, but only in the big bottles
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Re: The Gin Thread

Update: I was in Coop earlier this evening for my general weekly shop and, armed with all these tips (thank you), I couldn't resist checking out the gins they have in stock.

Wow! I respect the expertise of the gin afficionados here, and I truly don't doubt the value of your assessments, but I was quite taken aback by the cost of some of the up-market varieties mentioned. The premium brands I've always known about like Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire are around 27 CHF for 70cl, and Hendrick's is 38 CHF, while the super-duper newbies I hadn't heard of like The Botanist and Appenzeller 'Gin 27' were around 45 CHF. These are the sort of prices I pay for an extra special Christmas treat of malt whisky. I don't think I could pay that for a bottle of gin.

My instincts are as mentioned in my earlier post, that adding tonic, syrups and other flavourings must dilute the value of the really expensive brands. My guests are very much Gordons & tonic guzzlers when we're in a pub or eating out so I suspect I'll end up back at the lower end, I'm afraid. But I don't have to buy yet for another couple of weeks and I'll check the other outlets for special offers.

Thanks again for the info. Quite an eye-opener!
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Re: The Gin Thread

Looks like there is nothing wrong with Lidlís own brand gin.https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...-lidl-waitrose
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Looks like there is nothing wrong with Lidlís own brand gin.https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...-lidl-waitrose
I seriously despise the "FTFY" people but your link should be:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...-lidl-waitrose

Thank you.
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Thanks for the info but is FeverTree available in a low calorie version?
Yes there is a FeverTree light, haven’t seen it in Switzerland but I don’t tolerate fructose and that’s what they use to keep the sugar lower. It only comes in the Indian Tonic variety if I’m not mistaken.

I get Hendricks for 32 francs at Lidl for 70cl, but yes if your guests are more guzzlers then at least Bombay is a bit better than Gordon’s in my opinion. Lidl will be cheaper than Coop, Denner also sometimes does specials 20 francs for Bombay Sapphire.

For the record, I don’t think Appenzeller gin is really worth it. Sadly the Swiss gins I do appreciate are very pricey and not available in the big shops, but they make a nice treat when my parents are here or when I go home. Skull Gin remains one of only two gins my dad prefers to drink neat and honestly I do too, but that’ll be 50 francs or so for a 50cl bottle! Regardless, when it comes to hard alcohol I find Coop to be really quite pricey compared to the specials at Lidl and sometimes Denner or Aldi.
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Yes there is a FeverTree light, havenít seen it in Switzerland but I donít tolerate fructose and thatís what they use to keep the sugar lower. It only comes in the Indian Tonic variety if Iím not mistaken.

I get Hendricks for 32 francs at Lidl for 70cl, but yes if your guests are more guzzlers then at least Bombay is a bit better than Gordonís in my opinion. Lidl will be cheaper than Coop, Denner also sometimes does specials 20 francs for Bombay Sapphire.

For the record, I donít think Appenzeller gin is really worth it. Sadly the Swiss gins I do appreciate are very pricey and not available in the big shops, but they make a nice treat when my parents are here or when I go home. Skull Gin remains one of only two gins my dad prefers to drink neat and honestly I do too, but thatíll be 50 francs or so for a 50cl bottle! Regardless, when it comes to hard alcohol I find Coop to be really quite pricey compared to the specials at Lidl and sometimes Denner or Aldi.
Thanks, you sound like you know your stuff! Any gin (as with vodka) that can be drunk neat with pleasure must be good. Iím almost tempted to give one of those a go sometime, though not for my gin-slurping sisters. I have a couple of UK wine business friends who in normal times come to Switzerland once a year or so and always drop in. I think that could be a treat for the next time they visit. Thanks again.
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I can recommend The River Test gin. Divine.
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I can recommend The River Test gin. Divine.
Available in Switzerland?
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Thanks, you sound like you know your stuff! Any gin (as with vodka) that can be drunk neat with pleasure must be good. Iím almost tempted to give one of those a go sometime, though not for my gin-slurping sisters. I have a couple of UK wine business friends who in normal times come to Switzerland once a year or so and always drop in. I think that could be a treat for the next time they visit. Thanks again.
Youíre welcome! I just really like gin and have tried a few, plus my father is a bit of an aficionado of all things distilled so he always helps me taste when heís here or Iím there.
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Available in Switzerland?
Probably not! Unless the Craft Gin Club does international deliveries.
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For the record, I donít think Appenzeller gin is really worth it.
I really like the Appenzeller Gin 27 - a lot more than the other premium brands.

My favourite price-to-taste ratio gin is the Irish Wild Burrows gin sometimes on sale in the gin week at Lidl - for CHF 19.99 which makes it half the price of many premium gins.
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I really like the Appenzeller Gin 27 - a lot more than the other premium brands.

My favourite price-to-taste ratio gin is the Irish Wild Burrows gin sometimes on sale in the gin week at Lidl - for CHF 19.99 which makes it half the price of many premium gins.
Appenzeller was definitely a good one, I just found 45 francs too much when I find Gin Mare and Hendricks to be as good or better.

The Burrows gin I was disappointed in but yes the price point is good.
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Looks like there is nothing wrong with Lidl’s own brand gin.https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...-lidl-waitrose
It's great value for money and they have now expanded the Hortus range to about 5 or so different bottles beyond the original London Dry Gin (blue label/bottle seal et al). It tends to be stocked in Lidl Germany on a regular basis for about EUR14 per bottle. I see it not too frequently in Lidl CH for about CHF20.
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