11 November 2012

**Holiday special, part II** The Hangover

As T said, we went on holiday to Marseille at the end of August, and stuffed ourselves with lots of wonderful meals.  Naturally, we drank quite a lot of red wine and lager.

Of course, being us, we also brought back some bottles of booze:

  • Limoncello;
  • Creme de Cassis;
  • Absinthe


While we were in Marseille, we went on a day-trip to Monaco.

As to be expected, the place itself is full or posh people and expensive designer shops.

Happily, we stumbled upon a little off licence that had a wide variety of liqueurs.

After some discussion (but unfortunately, no free samples), we decided to buy a bottle of limoncello.

T had never previously tried limoncello, and it had been years since I had drank some, and so it was a good decision.

The drink itself was very lemony(!), and at 40% alcohol was quite strong, possibly stronger than what we expected.

Creme de Cassis

While we were waiting for our flight back to London, we decided to go look through the airport's duty-free section.

Unsurprisingly, it had a wide selection of spirits.

In the end we decided on buying a bottle of creme de cassis, i.e. blackberry liqueur, mainly because neither of us had any before.

This was lovely.  It was a clear sweet, blackberry taste to it, but not overpowering, and at 20% wasn't too strong.

The only downside was that the thickness meant that it was like drinking syrup - you could only have one shot of it own its own, and so a mixer was essential. Luckily for us, we had a easy supply of lemonade and we recommend mixing the two together.


You may not be aware, but Marseilles is a port city, and so is full of little touristy shop that have a maritime theme.

One of these was also a place that sold nothing but alcohol made by the Pernod people.

T decided to buy a little bottle of pale blue absinthe (I didn't want any because I don't like the taste of aniseed).

I don't think she saw the "Green fairy", and she didn't take it from a spoon with a sugar cube, but I know she liked it and would buy some more.

The only down side it that we don't appear to have taken any photos of our selections. I guess this means that we'll have to go back...


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