#LifesBetterShaken – Orangina & Lunch at Residence

o8A couple of weeks ago and on one of the lesser spotted sunny & warm days this Summer, I was invited to a lunch to celebrate the (re)launch of Orangina. Memories of childhood holidays – a straw stuck into one of those cute little glass bottles. I was excited to go along, to catch up with other bloggers and see what fun things you can do with Orangina (Hoptail anyone?)… 

Orangina Lunch at Residence
Orangina Lunch at Residence

The location was the Behan Lodge in Residence. This is a great space that has a roof that can be pulled back and on this sunny Thursday we dined in the open air. Needless to say the colour theme was orange… beautifully decorated tables, with the sun glistening added to the lovely atmosphere. Sommelier Lisa O’Doherty was our host and talked all about Orangina, tasting it, enjoying it, pairing it and of course mixing it!

Lisa O'Doherty at the Orangina Lunch
Lisa O’Doherty at the Orangina Lunch
Orangina Lunch at Residence
Orangina Lunch at Residence

We enjoyed a starter of crab with grapefruit, avocado, chilli & coriander, a delicious and fresh first course. This was followed by roast duck, yuzu, garden cabbage, heirloom vegetables, an equally good dish, tasted just as good as the picture! Dessert was a work of art – lemon cream cheese and blood orange sorbet (that blue disc is chocolate – tasted like white chocolate!).

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Crab with grapefruit, avocado, chilli & coriander
Roast duck, yuzu, garden cabbage, heirloom vegetables,
Roast duck, yuzu, garden cabbage, heirloom vegetables,
Lemon cream cheese and blood orange sorbet
Lemon cream cheese and blood orange sorbet

The food was of course paired with Orangina – straight up! We also tasted a ‘hoptail’ a blend of Orangina with beer and lastly a variation on ‘bucks fizz’ – Orangina and prosecco.

Orangina Delight
Orangina Delight

A really enjoyable lunch, great hosts and lovely to try Orangina again – such a delicious and refreshing drink.

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Dislaimer: I was invited to the lunch by Conway Communications with no commitment to write this blog post. As always on Gin & Griddle, this blog is only my honest thoughts and opinions. 

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