What a truly lovely day.
I started it as quite a rebel.
Headed over to J&P's house for a very special girl's 3rd birthday party. Arrived in time to find the chef (borrowed from the hotel J manages) preparing fresh pesto! Oh, my was it good!
Pesto is one of those luxury items I occasionally treat myself to when I'm feeling flush. Now all I can think about is planting spinach and basil in my garden.
The food was spectacular, as always.
I was left in charge of cocktails. There was a lavish spread of vodka, rum and gin, plus grenadine (where on earth did that come from?), ginger ale, fruit juice... we went to town, and I taught the bar man how to make passion fruit punch:
- Sugar frost the glass with lemon juice, and add a slice to the rim
- Scrape two fresh passion fruits into a shaker
- Slog of vodka
- Slog of rum
- Shake with a generous portion of crushed ice
- Top up with marakuja (passion fruit) cordial
As you know, I'm rather fond of cocktails.
We ended up making a giant water container's worth and it went down a treat.
There was also a non-alcoholic alternative called a Mosquito:
- Squeeze half a lime
- Shake with crushed ice and fresh mint leaves
- Top up with ginger ale
I was also in charge of making the bubble mixture. Things have come a long way since I was a kid. Back then we just put Fairy Liquid in water. Nowadays it involves Fairy Liquid, corn flower, baking soda and glycerin! Surprised it didn't blow up. Much fun had by all.
|Uncle Yves and Grandma Zuba|
A truly splendid day. The guy who threw me my recent business contract was there with his wife and son, which was nice as I got to thank him again in person with a large glass of marakuja punch.
Truly was lovely, and perhaps we'll introduce cocktails to the menu at J's hotel. They're already getting really good at coffee and napkin folding. I was treated to a free lunch in return for some social media training last week.