Friday, July 27, 2012

Pimms Cup

It’s Olympics o’clock! Nothing says London in the summer more than a refreshing ‘cup’ of Pimms No. 1 so that’s exactly what we’re planning on imbibing tonight while watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. I am sure there are many ways we could mix this into some great cocktail (like this one) but I think I’ll stick to the original and have it with 7-up, citrus fruit, cucumber and a sprig or two of mint. Nice thing about this is you can make a big jug of it and drink it all night long - though I may think differently about this in the morning!
I’ll be honest about Pimms, it was never a preferred drink of mine – those summer evenings in the Pavilion at Trinity College, or times visiting friends in England watching cricket on the village green from the local pub – I usually favored beer. But tastes do change and I’m willing to give it another go!

By the way, we’ll be going for a Ruby Murray beforehand so I might partake of a beer or two too!

Friday, July 20, 2012


For me, the perfect sangria is a refreshing fruity beverage that you can sip for hours over lunch under the hot Spanish sun and when you get up you fall over. With this in mind (and consulting many Spaniards on it over the years), this is how I make sangria:
A bottle of full bodied red wine -Spanish obviously preferable
A glass of brandy – again let’s stick with a Spanish coƱac
A glass of triple sec
A whole lotta (but not too much) orange juice
Slices of fruit – whatever is handy
Lots of ice
Mix together with thirsty friends (wearing cool shirts!), food on the grill, a dry evening and kids now old enough to occupy themselves in the pool and you get a successful evening - though no-one fell over when they got up from the table.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pinpom Fireworks

or to give it its full title - Pineapple-Pomegranate Fireworks. After cocktail #3 I went in search of something else to make with pineapple vodka – not that I wouldn’t try another couple Hawaiiah-tinis - but this summer is about variety after all and I came across this one which was perfect for the birthday celebrations over 4th of July week.
This is what it asked for…
½ oz. Van Gogh pineapple vodka
½ oz. Van Gogh pomegranate vodka
½ oz. pineapple juice
What we had was the SKYY vodka from last time, pomegranate liqueur and sparkling wine and I might even have left out the pineapple juice on one of the occasions I made it (eek!). Anyway – the poor man’s Pin-Pom Fireworks was born and was suitably served in plastic cocktail glasses!

When we were going this high style only the best linens and table ware would do!

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Hawaiian shirt Friday – it’s official! We’re making good use of our Hawaiian shirts this year and I concocted this little experiment-tini after seeing it on the cocktail menu of this place. It calls for Van Gogh pineapple vodka and Patron Citronge. We found SKYY vodka much more preferable (and about $15 less expensive!)

For this I think I put in 2 oz vodka, 1 oz Citronge and I added a splash of pineapple juice to it too. (Peggy Olsen in Mad Men says that cocktails should always have at least 3 ingredients - that works for me!) I poured it over crushed ice and it went down very well. Eamon enjoyed some pineapple juice and pineapple slices.

I know a Blue Hawaii is a completely different drink but if you had a couple of these maybe everything looks like this...