Peppered Strawberry Margarita

Peppered Strawberry Margarita


We’re heading into what seems likely to be a beautiful summer! What’s a simpler dessert than the near-to-classic strawberries macerated in a little balsamic, a whole lot of moscato and a good crack of black pepper (work with me, it’s a classic.) Lace a fancy glass with a some of this mixture and a perfect … Continue reading

Dark ‘N Stormy

Dark ‘N Stormy


Well it’s been quite a while between drinks, indeed! Around a month ago we settled on our new house, and with the whirlwind of moving, living without internet, unpacking, cleaning, gardening and more cleaning it’s nearly Christmas! A high priority on the to do list was to brew my own ginger beer using a family … Continue reading

Dark-berry Margarita

Dark-berry Margarita


Time for another margarita? Yes, I think so too. This was one of the several margaritas planned for a lazy Sunday. I don’t think I’ll need to wait for another Sunday to want one of these, though. I was previously going to make this blueberry and mint, but after chancing upon some inexpensive blackberries in … Continue reading

Raspberry and Basil Margarita

Raspberry and Basil Margarita


We recently had family over on a lazy Sunday for some drinks and over-complicated board games. What a perfect occasion to try out some frozen margarita recipes I’ve had ear-marked here and there! The intent for many of these, was to capture some of the flavours I have either seen around and about on the … Continue reading

Pear Sangria

Pear Sangria


By using sangria in the name for this drink, I mean only that “I put some wine and fruit in a jug and served it to thankful people.” I’m sure that’s so very far from the literal translation, but it is surely a figurative, tradition based definition for sangria; I can just imagine now fragrant … Continue reading

Cucumber Cosmopolitan

Cucumber Cosmopolitan


I tried in vain to get the recipe for the amazing Cucumber Cosmopolitan I had at Siam@Siam, and since my return to a bitter and wet Melbourne winter have tried to recreate the bliss of sipping this potion on the “porch” of our hotel in the Bangkok heat. I’ve seem numerous recipes online that call … Continue reading

La Recolte

La Recolte


I could not get enough of pears. However they are, whatever they’re in, I’m theirs and they’re mine. I often, to my partner’s chagrin put them in any salad I can – they play a wonderful second fiddle to prosciutto, Camembert, rocket and roasted flaked almonds, for the record. So when, in my casual browse … Continue reading

Rapaska

Rapaska


Do you ever have those moments when you’re just waiting, possibly quite impatiently, for a specific event to happen? While we do have a lot to look forward to at the moment, I’ve come up with a trick for one particular such occasion that is waiting for guests to arrive. I sit down with a … Continue reading

Easy, Tiger!

Easy, Tiger!


Impossible to say without a wink, even more difficult to drink without a wink, a nudge and a smile; Easy, Tiger! For a friend’s going away party I put together two cocktails from the rediscovered cocktail book from my shelf; “Cocktails Galore” (Kate Mosely, MQ Publications 2006.)  I flicked through the book quickly because it was … Continue reading