When I'm working on a book,
I like to incorporate a little bit of me into it.
I enjoy cocktails VERY much, and often my characters do, too.
Here, I'll post the drinks I feature in the book,
where I found the recipe if it's not my own creation, and pictures.
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(Photo and recipe credit goes to the website PROSECCO CLUB)
Today, August 13th, is National Prosecco Day!
One of my favorite cocktails featuring this delightful effervescence is this G&Fizz, a refreshing blend of gin, elderflower liquor, and (of course) some bubbly PROSECCO! A sprig of mint and cucumber slice or two make a nice garnish.
You don't have to buy a big bottle - buy a small "split." Ask your vendor to point them out if you're not familiar with them.
Usually I tweak recipes - The one I found on the Prosecco Club I don't.
I love the rounds of cucumber in there - feels like a salad that way 😉
And - imbibe responsibly, please! I want to see you again!
Blue Elderflower Martini
I needed a Red White & Blue Martini today -
The Fourth of July.
I looked at what we had in the cupboard & poked around online for what I could make. I found Blueberry Smash and a Blueberry Elderflower drinks. And - as I'm wont to do - I tweaked.
I put a small handful of blueberries in the bottom of the martini shaker and a good squeeze of lime. I muddled them together to release all the yummy blueberry goodness.
Added a splash of minted simple syrup* (you could use regular simple syrup if you don't have the mint leaves), and a good pour of gin (about 2 ounces) and a nice pour of elderflower liqueur (about 1 1/2 ounces).
Shake with ice and strain.
You'll probably need a small sieve to strain out all the small bits of blueberry skin and seeds.
Cheers - and as always - Drink responsibly!
Lemon Basil Martini
In BEAU TIED the signature cocktail for
Drape Magazine's anniversary bash is a
LEMON BASIL MARTINI.
This drink is EXCEPTIONAL!
Not too sweet, not too alcohol-tasting - so be careful!
I found the recipe at FOODVIVA.COM
I did tweak their recipe a smidgeon.
They tell you to muddle the basil with the
lemon juice and simple syrup - i didn't.
I also don't care much for garnishes
on my drinks, so those got bumped.
Further - I don't typically have "citrus vodka"
in the house, so i just used good 'ole KettleOne.
My version goes like this...
Put 4-5 torn basil leaves in a martini shaker.
Add about 15ml of simple syrup*, and one juiced lemon.
Next add about 60ml of your favorite vodka.
Strain into a (preferably) chilled martini glass.
Enjoy - and please drink responsibly.
*Simple syrup is sugar and water in equal parts - dissolved. Usually simmered together.
To tweak and make minted simple syrup - toss in a bunch of mint leaves and the heat will
release the mint oils and give you the delicious minty goodness.