Chemo friendly

So, my mum is once again battling breast cancer. After 13 years in remission (yep, just about long enough to make you believe that it has gone for, actually, ever) the horrid, HORRID thing is back. And mum is having her second round of chemotherapy. Which means she’s got a fairly miserable few months ahead of her.

Consequently, anything I can do to brighten her days I am one hundred, million per cent in favour of. And my favourite discovery so far is the Chemo Cookery Club books.

Chemo Cookery Club

Chemo Cookery Club’s gin and tonic ice creams

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The Monterrico at Nightjar

I don’t like rum. I never have. My dad adores it – in pretty much all its guises. But rum and me? Well, we’ve never really hit it off.

But I do like a cocktail (as you may well have gathered.) And I love chocolate. So I was prepared to give rum-based cocktail The Monterrico a go.

And good golly, was that a good idea!

The Monterrico at Nightjar. Beats an Easter egg everytime...

The Monterrico at Nightjar. Beats an Easter egg everytime…

The Monterrico, available over Easter Weekend exclusively at Nightjar, is made with Ron Zacapa. This is a crucial fact. Ron Zacapa is the pinnacle of super premium rums. Which in short means it’s a rum that’s actually nice. (Indeed so stunned was I by this fact I did actually drink a shot of Ron Zacapa 23 neat to check that it wasn’t the rest of the bits in the cocktail making it so moreish. It wasn’t.)

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Charming Chambord

It was on my honeymoon that I first discovered the joy of a Kir Royal (Champagne, topped off with a dash of blackcurrant liqueur Creme de Cassis. With a strawberry thrown in for good measure.)

We were sat in the sunshine, outside a little café in Cannes, when my new husband suggested I give one a whirl.

It was love at first sip.Kir Royal Katy Pearson Continue reading

Cocktail o’clock?

I dream of being the kind of girl who throws impromptu soirees. Sadly I’m not. But if I was, I think these vodka-based cocktails would go down rather well…

CocktailWHITE COSMOPOLITAN
By Xavier Herit at Daniel Restaurant, NYC

Serves one

Ingredients
1.7 fl.oz/50ml Snow Queen Vodka
0.85 fl.oz/25ml Saint Germain Elderflower liqueur
0.42 fl.oz/12.5ml Lime juice
0.85 fl.oz/25ml White cranberry juice
1 edible flower

Method
1. Put all the ingredients into a Boston shaker with a handful of ice cubes
2. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds
3. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass
4. Garnish with the edible flower

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Want to drink like Gatsby?

Let’s face it, who doesn’t?

F Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, vividly captures the style and sophistication of the roaring 1920s, a time when a cocktail was never far from reach (oh how much do I wish I were a flapper?)

Gatsby Cocktails: Classic Cocktails From The Jazz Age (Ryland Peters & Small, £6.99) brings together some of the classic recipes of the jazz age so you can recreate the speakeasy experience in your own kitchen.

Here are my two  favourites…

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

This Martini is also known as the FDR after the man who called an end to Prohibition in the 1930s. The President was an accomplished bartender who loved nothing more than flourishing his shaker for any head of state with a like mind or a dry palate.

What you’ll need:
50ml/2oz gin
1 dash dry vermouth
12.5ml/2 barspoons olive brine
Lemon zest, for the glass
One green olive, to garnish

Serves 1

Add the gin, dry vermouth and olive brine to a shaker filled with cracked ice. Shake sharply and strain into a chilled martini glass with a lemon-zested edge. Garnish with an olive.

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