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Eat.Drink.Lagos Taste Test: Champagne!

Contrary to what a lot of people think, there's a clear difference between cheap and expensive alcohol. Hennessy VSOP, for instance, is miles away from Hennessy XO. Expensive champagne, too, tastes very different when compared to cheap champagne (technically, cheap sparkling wine). The first tell sign is that it also looks very different when poured - that's probably the quality of the grapes and the aging process showing.

You might doubt it, but we ran a little experiment to test our hypothesis. A couple weekends ago, we got a few friends of the blog and EDL readers together for this very fun video. We wanted to see if people could tell the difference between cheap vs expensive champagne. 

They were mostly right in the sight test but some people got a bit confused during the tasting phase. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments!

Folly's Favorite Cocktails

FOLLY: Bottomless drinks are basically a buffet of drinks. And given how much Nigerians love buffets, this should naturally be a thing on it's own. Speaking of cocktails, I can't say that I'm very adventurous. I literally have four drinks I always order, and one that is my fall back when I want something non alcoholic. 


Moscow Mule

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The first time I ordered this it was because I wanted the copper mug that it's usually served in. Ginger beer used to be my ish when I was younger, so the light ginger-y flavor you get won me over and it became more than just my interest in the funky cup.




Strawberry, please. Most margs are usually more syrup than tequila or anything else but I'm not complaining. If you served me a proper strong margarita shaken and with a salt rim, I definitely would give it back to you in exchange for the syrup- blended concoction. 


Pina Colada

This is my fall back drink when I don't want something alcoholic. In Lagos, Casa Lydia/Foundry make a really nice once - at least they used to but I haven't been in a while and things change FAST in this city.  




This is probably my favorite drink to be honest. I order it every time I get a chance. I hate the leaves that usually get in the way, but I love the sweetness and the fact that it involves rum - my absolute favorite liquor. 



Very similar to a mojito but I can't pronounce the name - SMH. I think the difference is that this has a more pronounced lime flavor.


Now, YOUR turn. What are some of your favorite cocktails.

Don't forget to stop by La Taverna Lekki this weekend. Food and drink, per head, will set you back about N6,500 this weekend. RSVP here Recipe: Do More With Your Henny

The El Diablo’s Fire cocktail is usually referred to as the “lesser-known cousin of tequila.” Not very popular, especially in this part of the world, El Diablo’s Fire has many variations. Most variants go with tequila and ginger beer as base ingredients.

Interestingly, there's a unique variation of this tequila-based cocktail where the tequila is replaced with Hennessy VS. Considering how much Nigerians love Hennessy, this could probably come in handy.

How To Make


  1. 1.5 oz Hennessy V.S
  2. .75 oz crème de cassis
  3. .5 oz fresh lime juice
  4. ½ tsp of chipotle powder
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. Ginger beer or ginger ale
  7. Blackberries or lime wedge
  8. Ice cubes


  1. Put ice in shaker.
  2. Pour all ingredients (except ginger beer/ginger ale) into the shaker.
  3. Shake until well chilled.
  4. Pour into a rocks glass with fresh ice.
  5. Put a dash of ginger beer/ginger ale.
  6. Garnish with blackberry/lime wedge

EDL Weekender: Breakfast At La Brioche, DIY Sake Bombs At Bonzai

NOSA: You guys have no idea how much I've been waiting for Friday. Real life is such scraps. We're due another 4-day weekend. Buhari needs to give us something. I mean, there's no fuel. 

FOLLY: I would pay N145 for fuel if I could get it easily, but having to queue and still pay N145 is just cruel punishment. 

NOSA: Anyway, here are our tips for the weekend

EAT: Breakfast at La Brioche

NOSA: Our review for this spot is up tomorrow, but trust me, La Brioche is fantastic. I hate how tiny the space is, but I'll never knock how delicious their breakfast is. Especially The Monroe, one of their breakfast sandwiches. 

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FOLLY: I really don't know what Nosa has on the space, I think it's darling. I also absolutely love the pink pattern on the plates. 

DRINK: DIY Sake Bombs at Bonzai

FOLLY: Last weekend, Nosa and I were out with a group of friends and the highlight of the crawl from Bottles, Rhapsody's, Arabesque and Sip was definitely making these. We didn't find Sake bombs on the menu so we constructed ours. 


NOSA: This is where all my Sake Bomb experience came in. Shout out to Northgate and College Station, TX for blessing me with this gift. The Bonzai waiters thought we were mad tbh. Bless their hearts

FOLLY: The sake comes in carafes so you have to ask for the shot glasses. 

NOSA: And you'll have to settle for Power Horse because they don't have Red Bull.



Post Work Rocks: Humpday Wednesday

The only thing better than a cold one after work especially on a humpday like today  or on a sunny Saturday afternoon, is a cold one with friends. 

 Or, what if drinking was a group sport? Like there was a big bowl, and each team had to drink theirs the fastest. Okay, yeah maybe that's childish.

Pitchers are usually are good deal, if there's a bunch of you and no one sneaks off before the bill arrives. We've rounded up our favourite places for "pitchers" in Lagos. 


NOSA: The strawberry margarita pitcher at Bottles are very very potent. You'll get carried away by the sweetness of it and you'll find yourself on the floor. I did it solo one time because I thought I was the champion of this drinking thing. 


bottles pitcher

FOLLY: They are really so sweet

DAMAGE - N6,500

Cafe Royale

FOLLY: While their food is absolutely scraps, their cocktails are 100 flame emojis. You can also get any of the margarita flavours pitcher size, I'd recommend the pineapple.


NOSA: I like this one, but it isn't as strong as the one at Bottles. You'll need a couple if you're trying to get to that good place.   

DAMAGE - N6,000


FOLLY: Definitely the Wahalarita. What I don't understand is why this pitcher is more expensive than the other flavours. Differentiated pricing I guess.. :( 


NOSA: I really hate that the wahalarita is so expensive. 

DAMAGE - N8000

Lotus at Pattaya

FOLLY: If margs aren't your thing, a fishbowl at Lotus @ Pattaya is definitely for you.

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NOSA: I was a bit disappointed that the one fishbowl I wanted didn't have the candy it should come with. A bit of a scam on that front. As for the drink itself, it really sneaks up on you. I didn't think much of this until I stood up and oh, boy. 

DAMAGE - N5000 (Wednesdays & Fridays)