Sunday, December 28, 2008

Spanish drinks.

Sangria isn't the drink for me.
Though it does take care of your 5 a day.

My favourite Spanish tipple is Freixenet BRUT Cava.

So Imagine my distress when,
2 days before I set off for Barcelona, I saw it on special offer in the local Tesco for £3 a bottle! It costs six and a half Euros in the local Spanish supermarkets. At the current exchange rate that's over twice the Tesco price.

What next?

Will hordes of Señors and Señoras
come over to UK in charabancs and run amok down the aisles of Tesco? Will they have baccanalian parties in the streets of Stalybridge?

That is just so wrong ....
the Brits are the ones who gave binge drinking holidays to the world. It's our only contribution to European culture.

.... But I’m not bitter.....

There's still the Spanish brandy with the inappropriate name.

And the even stranger Giro Gin.

And we don't just come to Spain for the booze do we?

On Christmas eve we saw a Penduline Tit!




Blogger Dave said...

I couldn't possibly comment.

3:48 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Penduline tit?

Are the Spaniards lacking for support garments as well?

5:50 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

I'm happy to quaff a beer or three with any Spaniard or Spaniardess provided they leave our British bulls alone and don't force our donkeys to leap from the tops of bell towers into inflatable paddling pools of water. Ah. Culture. We gave the world binge drinking. They gave us cruelty to animals with style.

6:13 pm  
Blogger tom909 said...

Penduline tit - that's one I haven't seen on my bird table.

6:20 pm  
Blogger tony said...

compromise! A Big Jug of John willy Lees with a load of fruit chucked in!

7:00 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Will Giro Gin be a Recession Special at Aldi?

7:24 pm  
Blogger Kate Lord Brown said...

Hello Kaz - always loved a bit of Bonka with my Bimbo in Spain of a morning (aka coffee and toast but it doesn't sound nearly as much fun if you ask for that ...)

7:28 pm  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

I speak as the lone voice of temperance in this wilderness of hedonism.

7:35 pm  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

Too right... that Sangria looks far too health conscious for my liking...
Maybe the Spanish will take to playing Cricket, eh Dave???

8:29 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I like sangria and I've got a bottle of THAT cava in my fridge.

I prefer Champagne or Pierre Ponnelle

8:45 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

But this is a 'comments box'.
And - I'll let you take that hat off now.

It was using a bulrush for support.
This could catch on.

True about Spain.
But Catalunya doesn't do things like that - thank goodness.
There's a sign in a local bar which says (in Catalan).
'Killing is neither art nor culture'

Keep looking - I believe they do show up in UK - but rarely (no Wonderbra jokes).

Oh No!
John Willy would turn in his grave.
I used to love that stuff.

On the front it says 'Especial para cocktails'.
So it must be too posh for Aldi?
Maybe Lidl?

Hello Kate:
They sell Bonka at the Ars coffee bar on Barcelona Station.

I am sending you an autographed copy of 'Teach Yourself Hedonism'.
It must be your New Year's Resolution to join us.

It's like drinking fruit salad.

See above.
I prefer Champagne too - but could you tell the difference blindfold?

9:34 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I would like to say yes and with the Cava I can. Still I am fairly sure I could be tricked.

6:43 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

I'd quite like the fruit from that nicely shaped jug, if it's going spare at the end please


10:03 am  
Blogger Murph said...

You ARE Caroline Aherne and I claim my £50.

This invasion of loud boisterous drunken foreigners will culminate in the 2012 Olympics.

Perhaps Morecambe will become the centre for Czech stag and hen parties? There's already a lot of pendulous tits there.

Some are Verdin and even Fire-capped.

10:16 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

These taste tests are notoriusly difficult.
But I know you are a connoisseur.

You may have to wait until the New Year.

But Mancunians will need Morecambe and Heysham for their stag parties now Stalybridge has been invaded.
Good old Wiki - but Verdin and Fire-capped aren't pendulous enough.
(XX Caroline - Czech in the post)

1:39 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Hello Kaz...
I can see the Giro Gin making a killing in 2009.... and talking of 2009... all the very best my friend.

2:10 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I did do the Coca Cola vs. Pepsi vs. 3 other cola brands.

I could tell which one was Coca Cola and I did it blindfolded.

I'm not sure if that translates to wines though.

3:14 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Wow reading that again, it sounds pretty damn sad.

3:15 pm  
Blogger Heff said...

Frankly, I'm VERY thankful for the gift of binge drinking !

11:27 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

So glad that you called in.
As for you - here's to a fit and healthy 2009.

You probably have a good nose.

Pete 2:
No it isn't.
You could be a perfume blender or a wine taster.

Hi Heff:
Good - don't believe what they tell you about the destruction of brain cells.
Lies all Lies!

3:55 pm  
Blogger SSS said...

I'm just about to open a bottle of alcoholic ginger beer. Lovely stuff!

7:13 am  
Blogger zIggI said...

One of my fav too Kaz but don't worry there was none left in Tescos, I looked, believe me I looked, several times, on several days, severally.

Happy New Year to you Kaz and long may you continue to twitch, I shall take a rolled up newspaper to that Murph on your behalf, so rude!

10:23 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

waiting patiently for the fruit!




2:22 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I'd love to design perfumes, although I'm fairly sure you aren't supposed to drink it.

4:14 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Oh and HUGE happy New Year to you Kaz!

4:14 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Happy New Year KAZ!

4:21 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Well that's a new one on me and it sounds delicious.
And a Happy New Year - it is freezing cold in Manchester.

We can always rely on you for the facts - you are definitely our intrepid reporter.
I'm twitching with anger as I write this - and he will be about a million in dog's years.
Happy new Year.

No - it's just the nose - I believe they have their noses insured for thousands.
Bestest New Year to you too.

Same to you and many of 'em!

4:58 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

I don't trust any sort of traditional local alcoholic drink that involves weird fruit. Don't think I've tried any of 'em. The worst is that Italian stuff, Limoncello, which looks like liquid lemon curd.

A bottle of meths surgical spirit (currently on an unbeatable two bottles for one offer in Superdrug) - now you're talking.

Happy new year, Kaz.


7:33 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Happy New Year to you and your tits!

7:57 pm  
Blogger Heff said...

Yeah, What MJ said !

8:39 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

Happy New Year. I do hope it is.

9:38 am  
Blogger Hyde DP said...

I thought there were baccanalian parties in the streets of Stalybridge every weekend already.

I've not since a tit of any kind yet this year - mind you it is minus 7 and white over with frost.

happy new year

10:45 am  
Blogger Hyde DP said...

oops that since should have read seen

10:46 am  
Blogger Roses said...


Happy New Year.

Hope 2009 is a great one for you.

*goes off to lie down*

11:20 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Thanks for the tip.
I rushed round there to take advantage of the offer - but couldn't get in for the queue of winos blocking the entrance.
One of them gave me a swig from his bottle which was very thoughtful.
Thanks Betty - same to you.

And to you and your Houseboys.

Hope you have (had) a good binge.

I'll do my best.

Well they don't call it Staly Vegas for nothing.
Better luck with the tits next year - which I hope will be a good one.

Very thoughtful of you to whisper - but I was fairly abstemious last night.
I shall be making up for it this evening.

Hope you have a good one too - you deserve it.

1:56 pm  
Blogger BEAST said...

That Cava is like gold dust Kaz , I have been scouring the aisles of tesco's for weeks for a sniff of it.
Have you taken up twitching now ??

6:59 am  
Blogger Roses said...

Trust me, I wasn't whispering for your benefit - it was mine.

I started with mulled wine and ended with grappa, unfortunately there was red wine, wild fruits wine and cava in between.

I was feeling a little bit on the fragile side.

But all better!

9:28 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Obviously the visiting Spaniards nicked the lot.
Twitchers are saddos who travel hundreds of miles for a possibe glimpse of one little bird who got lost.
I'm just a birder.

That sounds like the stock list of an off licence.
Why do we never learn?
Probably because it's worth it.

9:54 am  

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