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
(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.