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How Evernote’s community stays productive (I’m one of them)

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How to make home brewed GIN in 48 hours

Do you like gin? Fancy a mix of flavors? So why not try to make your own home brewed gin?

One day I was surfing on the internet and I found an article about the different classifications of gin, that in summary are:

  • Genever: There are various ways of producing genever, but the basic process is the same: fermented grain mash is infused with juniper berries then distilled.
  • Compound Gin: Compound gin is not redistilled: flavorings are added to a neutral spirit. The flavorings may be natural or artificial. In some cases, the gin is made simply by infusing juniper berries.
  • Distilled Gin: Grain mash is distilled to produce a neutral spirit, then infused with juniper berries and botanicals and redistilled. Alcohol and flavorings may be added after distillation and the end product may be colored and sweetened.
  • London Gin: London gin is redistilled in a traditional still with juniper berries and botanicals. The flavorings may be added only during distillation and must be natural. The ethyl alcohol must be of high quality and the gin must contain at least 70% alcohol after distillation. No coloring may be added after distillation, though sugar may be added to the end product.

After reading this, I was curious about making my own gin and I decided to start with the simplest and less complex option – Compound Gin – because the distillation process takes a long time and very complex for beginners, and for this type of gin the process only takes 48 hours. The tools and ingredients required were:


  • Glass jar (to mix all the ingredients)
  • Funnel (some already includes the sieve)
  • Sieve
  • Glass bottle
  • Spoon
  • Optional: Coffee filter to make a better filtering


  • Bottle of Vodka (+37.50%)
  • Juniper Berries
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Hibiscus Flower
  • Cinnamon (Sticks)
  • Citrines (Lemon, Lime e Orange) – I used the peel of lime, lemon, and orange. One slice of orange. Orange juice.

To make 330ml of homemade gin I used the following measures:

  • 300ml vodka
  • 14 grams Juniper
  • 5 grams Coriander
  • half stick Cinnamon
  • 2 grams Hibiscus
  • 2/3 cm lime peel (without the white side bit)
  • 2/3 cm lemon peel (without the white side bit)
  • 2/3 cm orange peel (without the white side bit)
  • slice of orange
  • juice of half orange

Better drink with tonic Fever Tree Elderflower and one slice of orange or orange peel. Curious? Watch the full process.

Did you like? Try now and share your own recipes.

Stay tuned.

Lifestyle, Photo, Social, Travel

Gardening Society Oxford St. Rooftop

Oxford Street, John Lewis – 5th Floor

As they say, this is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street on our Gardening Society rooftop, opening for its second summer. Cool down with an ice-cold beverage served from the new Gardener’s Arms, rumored to be Britain’s smallest pub. Reserve a ‘summer house’ complete with private herb and flower garden and outdoor seating, or a larger ‘pavilion’ to sit and enjoy British-inspired food from a rooftop menu.


29 April – 4 September 2017

Sunday – Wednesday

last entry 8 pm
(closes 9 pm)

Thursday – Saturday

last entry 10 pm
(closes 11pm)

There’ll be National Treasures summer season moments, including fitness and gardening classes. Experience exclusive events, or simply sit and enjoy breathtaking views of the London skyline.

After all of this magic description on their website, I went there and was all true. Really nice and calm place in the middle of the city center. Perfect for a sunny day or for a cloudy day inside the private houses/sheds beautifully decorated.

A Bistro Bar is available for quick meals, tapas, cocktails and fresh fruit juices. Also, you will have the opportunity to visit a majestic garden with a lot of different flowers, fruits, and veggies.

A lovely place to go with friends and have a good chat.

Check some of the photos I took.

Lifestyle, Social

Welcome to London Rui Sinel de Cordes

Thank you Little Portugal Project for the tickets, it was awesome.

Cordes, Out!”, is the new stand-up comedy solo by Rui Sinel de Cordes, the fifth and last in Portugal, before taking his humor to the United Kingdom.
“Out” speaks of life, dreams, but above all death – or at least the hell we cross until we get there.

At first, it doesn’t seem like a very funny show, but we are talking about Sinel de Cordes, a specialist in turning tragedies into laughter. After all, each display of “Cordes, Out!” will be a farewell party, and he knows about partying.

Rui Sinel de Cordes is often criticized for his black comedy – strong and non-stop, and the show at Leicester Square Theater (one of the most respected comedy rooms in London) did not disappoint. Strong jokes with an explosive lead for a mostly Portuguese audience (99.9%) who laughed all night. As we say in Portugal, it was ‘do caralho’ – fucking awesome.

It was the last show of the tour, and now he starts a new chapter in his life with several shows in english accrosss the comedy rooms and maybe in a year we can see him in the Fringe Festival.

Good luck and welcome to London Rui.

Lifestyle, Social, Tech

Essential DIY Apps 

Do you like DIY projects? I’m really on in it, and I want to share with you the apps that I use most of the time.

A good project idea normally starts with Pinterest app which allow me to check similar ideas, trends and also some info graphics with the DIY procedure step-by-step. Other app with some projects step-by-step is WikiHow.

Pinterest on the App Store – iTunes – Apple

Pinterest – Android Apps on Google Play

wikiHow on the App Store – iTunes – Apple

wikiHow: how to do anything – Android Apps on Google Play

After that I need the material, you can buy new material but a good way to save some money is to get it free from Gumtree. Specially in London, there’s a lot of people moving home and some times they have that furniture that they don’t need at a lower price or even free to collect. If you are in other countries probably you have other second hand selling platforms, for example in Portugal you can get this from OLX.

Gumtree Classifieds: Buy & Sell – Local for Sale on … – iTunes – Apple

Gumtree: Buy and Sell Locally – Android Apps on Google Play

If you are painting a room you would like to see the project idea before buying the paint and for this I use an app called Dulux Visualiser that allow you to take photo and replace the colour of the walls – and in case you want, you can buy the paint directly from the app. Again if you’re in a saving mood you can search in Gumtree for free rest of paint.

Dulux Visualizer on the App Store – iTunes – Apple

Dulux Visualizer – Android Apps on Google Play

Do you need to hang some frames/pictures in the wall and want it to be aligned? Just use the inbuilt app from your iPhone, go to the Compass app, swipe left and turn it to landscape mode and that all you need – a level. Alternatively you can use the Bubble Level app.

Bubble Level for iPhone and iPad on the App Store – iTunes – Apple

Bubble Level – Android Apps on Google Play

After you finish your project, just use Instagram to share it with the community. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #uartstyleDIY and you will see your project published in

Stay tuned.


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