Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cocktail Hour

To celebrate the launch of 'Crooked Cats' Tales', a veritable cocktail of short stories, I came up with this little beverage.

Inspired by my contribution, somewhat cheekily tagged 'Cocktail Hour', it's a 'stormier' version of a Sea Breeze, which can be a little bland.

1.5 measures vodka
1 measure cranberry juice
Juice of half a lime
Dash of cranberry bitters
Dash of tonic water

Shake everything bar the tonic water over ice and add a spritz of tonic water to taste.

The cocktail story (and the cocktail itself) were inspired by a visit to the Finnish archipelago, which was stunning. We were lucky enough to be be invited to stay in the guest house of a family who lived on a tiny island, 20 minutes from the mainland.

It was the epitome of serenity - in August. We were entranced by the colours of the ocean and wildlife (see more images on Pinterest). As a fan of Nordic Noir, it wasn't surprising when a dark little story popped into my head.

If you fancy some great holiday reading, do please join the Facebook launch of the anthology.

Cocktail Hour is the first on the list. Chin chin.

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Lost Orchid

This pale pink concoction has a classy dusky hue. Forget all the other ‘pink’ drinks. This dessert cocktail is sheer sophistication.

It was inspired by The Lost Orchid, a botanical mystery set in the 1880s when orchidmania was rife ... 

1 measure of Chambord (or cassis)
1 measure of vodka
1 tiny dash of blueberry liqueur
a tiny dash of dark crème de cacao
1 measure single cream

To serve:
sugar crystals

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. To prepare the glass, moisten the rim with grenadine and place upside down on a saucer filled with granulated sugar (or other pink sugar crystals).

Different brands of liqueurs will produce different hues, so it might be worth experimenting with tiny measures in a clear glass. The crème de cacao, for instance, gives the drink a fantastic subtle edge, but too much of it will turn the mix beige. A posh beige, but beige nonetheless.

Whatever you do, DO NOT add grenadine. It will turn your cocktail the colour of blancmange.

By Pamela Kelt 

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