Vodka – one of the few spirits that I’ll drink on the odd occasion. Though, in general, I’m more about the wine, the beer and the Champagne. In my youth I’d often have a vodka and lime when I’d had enough beer. Blimey – I couldn’t do it now. I can’t bear gin, so if I’m in a cocktail mood then it has to be vodka or rum based.
Yep. Before anyone says it, this post about the Old Town Laundry bar is a bit of a cheat in this Swindon in 50 drinks series. Obvs this more about the venue than one particular drink – as the posts in this series largely are. But – it had to go somewhere so here it is.
While I’m keen not to make this Swindon in 50 Drinks blog series too beer heavy, I couldn’t not cover this Volya Ukrainian inspired beer.
Before anyone says it, I’m aware that The Drink Valley is a venue not as singular drink. But:
1. It’s an independent business in the town centre deserving of a mention.
2. I’ve covered an individual drink that I often buy there to drink at home in this post: https://swindonian.me/2021/08/26/13-hercule-belgian-stout/ I flipping love that stout.
Okay – this Napo lemon and vodka drink is a bit of a Swindon in 50 drinks cheat in that this business is based in Trowbridge. Buuuut I did meet Robert Hobbs of Four Friends Drinks at The Foundry launch event in Workshed. And that’s very much in Swindon and it’s something different so …y’know. Here we are. With something that’s not bloody gin – Lord I hate that stuff. I had a bad experience with it once – ’nuff said. And I don’t like tonic either.
Right – well this one is something different. Neitiv Coconut Beer is beer yes – but not as you know it. The brainchild of couple Keeran and Vaani Vetriko. And they’re here, in Swindon.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not keen on this stuff at all. A shot of grappa I’m partial to but not Limoncello Italian liqueur. Anyway, the bottles of the yellow, lemony stuff you see here are on the shelves in DaPaolo’s deli on Commercial Road in Swindon town centre. But I’m sure you’d get it in any of the many Italian eateries dotted around Swindon.
A recent visit to Moshan Island Grill on Swindon’s Devizes Road, provided the perfect opportunity to enjoy a cheeky Jamaican Rum Punch. And then to do a cheeky Swindon in 50 Drinks blog about it.
And so dear readers here we are with Nepalese Gurkha Beer, No 19 in my Swindon in 50 Drinks series.
It’s inevitable that beer looms large in this Swindon in 50 Drinks series – and I’ve not even got to Arkell’s yet. But this post features a beer with a difference. Not because there’s something weird and wacky about the flavour – nothing like that. Rather that every time you drink this beer you support charity. And if that’s not an incentive to get one over the eight I don’t what is! 😉
I bought this beer in Da Paolo’s Italian deli on Commercial Road in the town centre. But you can also get it from online beer shops such as the Bella Vita.
A visit to Da Vinci Italian restaurant on Fleet Street is always agreeable. And a recent visit with chums, one of whom rounded off his meal with an Amaretto liqueur coffee gave a fab opportunity to do this Swindon in 50 drinks post about Amaretto Italian liqueur.