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“Summer of 2018” cocktail

“Summer of 2018” cocktail

It’s really autumn here in Sydney (the clocks went back last night) but it’s still summer weather, with blues skies and temperatures in the high 20s Celsius. And I did take this photo in summer (November) and meant to post it, but at the last minute I spotted the reflection of the ceiling fan in the glass. I kept thinking I’d take another shot, but never did, and I can’t very well wait until the cocktail needs renaming “Winter of 2018”.

To make the cocktail:

  • put 1.5 oz gin (or vodka if you prefer, but the taste will be very different), 1 to 2 tsps of triple sec, a big squeeze of lime and a scant tsp of homemade pomegranate syrup* in a cocktail shaker
  • add ice and shake vigorously
  • pour into a chilled glass
  • gently drizzle one-quarter to one-half of a teaspoon of rose syrup over the top (if you’re the type of person who has a drinks atomiser, this would be an ideal use — you want that  lovely rose fragrance)
  • if you have access to organic non-pesticide-sprayed roses, float a petal or two on the surface

*I say “homemade pomegranate syrup” because if you make it yourself you have control over the sugar. Commercial syrups (such as grenadine, which ostensibly is pomegranate syrup) have masses of sugar. My syrup has about one-quarter the amount recommended in the recipe, giving a light syrup bursting with pomegranate flavour. It is possible to make your own rose syrup, but that’s just way too much effort for me!

The marvellous colours of rose and pomegranate syrups.

I also created a “Summer of 2016” cocktail. Not sure what happened in 2017!

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Random Fridays: “Summer of 2016” cocktail

"Summer of 2016" cocktail

New summer, new cocktail! Last year I created a cocktail I named “Summer of 2015” (you can see it here), so it seems like a good tradition to continue. This one is a concoction of gin, triple sec, lime juice and elderflower cordial.


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Three by Three

The current theme for Weekly Photo Challenge is Threes, i.e., telling a story in three photos. I couldn’t decide which set of threes to go for, so have opted for three threes. Too much of a good thing?

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Fun in the sun at Bondi Beach

Elephants in Sri Lanka
(this trio was prompted by a recent exchange of comments about endangered animals with HeyJude on my post Urban Safari)

Blogging is thirsty work!

(The photo of the final drink was used on the cover of my short story ‘The Perfect Chocolate Martini‘.)