Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Yakov Special

An intriguing cocktail to mark the launch of Equinox, a Cold War thriller. It's the fourth and final part to a seasonal quartet I've been working on.

Yakov is the resourceful caretaker, a man with a past. One of his fortes was acquired behind enemy lines during the war. I shall say no more.

So, this is vodka-based martini-style concoction.

A measure of vodka
Juice of a fresh lime
Measure of dry martini
Half a teaspoon of a decent apricot conserve.

Muddle the ingredients with a mass of ice, and there you have it.

Na zdorovie.

I've just realised the photo looks like a shot of a Soviet rocket mid-flight. Appropriate.

PS There's a sneaky reference in the story. You'll be glad to know there's no phosphorus in this version.

By Pamela Kelt

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Midsummer Glen - the cocktail

On the eve of Midsummer, a most evocative moment, it seems the time to introduce the latest cocktail.

This offering marks the latest mini-book, not quite a novella, Midsummer Glen, free to download. It's a parable of the paranormal, set in June 1939. This was a time when anything might have happened.

From the first few paragraphs, you'll see that the theme is, basically, hedgerows, hence elderflower. Well, that's one ingredient.

Midsummer Martini

3 measures gin
3 measures grapefruit juice
2 measures sweet vermouth
dash elderflower cordial
dash grapefruit bitters
dash lime juice
slice of lemon or lime to serve
lots of ice

Assemble. Add ice and shake. 

I have to admit, grapefruit bitters sound a bit fancy. They can be purchased, but I like grapefruit, so I make my own. But lots of lovely grapefruit juice will do the trick. If anyone wants the bitters recipe, just ask.

On a health note, if you're taking tablets to lower your blood pressure, just check that you're allowed this. I've been on the tabs for some time and it was only recently that someone alerted me to the fact that grapefruit basically anaesthetises the tablets. I now do grapefruit at least 12 hours after the blood pressure tabs. Or is that 12 hours before?

Worth checking.


Friday, 20 March 2015

A toast to orchids

There were too many cross-pollinating ideas in this article not to mention it ...

Apparently, there’s a new cocktail experience, the Gin Garden, at Kew Gardens Orchid House.

Coinciding with the “alluring orchids” festival, the Gin Garden offers four, two at each bar, one “hot”, one “cold”, all made with a certain famous gin associated with the capital.

The citrus comment us a blend of gin, triple sec, dry orange liqueur, shaken with pressed pineapple juice, sweetened with vanilla syrup, served over crushed ice – scented with orange, pink grapefruit and lemon grass.

The ‘hot’ option is a Hooker Hot Cup, inspired by the Hooker Orchid. Gin is mixed with gold needle tea, pressed blood orange, lemon juice, sweetened with Bhutanese spice infused with honey, rhubarb syrup served warm and finished with a flame of toasted winter spices.

I’m, er, hooked.

Find out more here

PS The Lost Orchid is on Amazon in print and digital.

Here's the latest review if you're a fan of botanical mysteries.