I love a cocktail. Many of my happiest, fuzziest memories of nights out involve a cocktail or several. They are so ridiculously easy to drink aren't they? Sweet, colourful, fun, with extra twiddly bits and an umbrella if you're lucky. What's not to like?
I remember working through all the different daiquiris; all the ones with crazy names; finding out what was in a Long Island Iced Tea (thought it was just rum and coke..); 2-4-1 nights; delicious Bloody Marys, and a memorable Blue Lagoon that was so huge you could've sailed a small toy dinghy across it.
All a long time ago now... before you start thinking I'm some kind of old lush, and I haven't had one for ages. Sooo, the Gallery's 'Drink' theme seemed like a perfect excuse to make one...and I went for a Sea Breeze...because it's easy and I had some cranberry juice.
It's a sharper tasting cocktail, but I don't tend to like them as sweet as I used to, and fancied something refreshing. Should really have sand and crashing waves behind it, but sitting on our wall looking out over the fields will always do for me.
I mixed 40ml of vodka with 30ml of grapefruit juice and 120ml of cranberry juice, lots of ice and a slice of lime, well, lemon in this case - then waited till the kids were asleep, sneaked out to the wall, enjoyed the peace as the day faded, and raised a glass to happy memories.
So what's yours? Do you have a favourite cocktail?
The Drinks are lining up over at The Gallery this week.