I had taken two finger-bowls of Champagne, and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental, and profound.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
is sumptuous and decadent. I reckon this should be sipped while half listening to jazz playing in the background, a la Harry’s Bar, which incidentally is where Bellini originated from.
Apparently, the original cocktail was made from prosecco, which was a sparkling wine in Venice. Our recipe is made from champagne, for more indulgence.
3 medium ripe peaches, chopped coarsely.
1 cup peach schnapps
750 ml chilled champagne
10 sugar cubes
Preparation (all of 5 minutes)
1. In a food processor, blend the chopped peaches and schnapps until smooth.
2. Pour the peaches mix into a large pitcher or jug.
3. Add the champagne and give it a good stir.
4. Have 10 champagne flutes at the ready, each with a sugar cube.
5. Top it with the Bellini cocktail.
Bloody Mary is a special favourite. I do like tomato juice with a bit of a spiritual kick of vodka, Tabasco and Worcestershire Sauce. I would drink this slowly with a stick of celery to swirl this blood-red concoction round and round.
Did you know?
Bloody Mary was named after Mary Tudor (1516-1558), daughter of Henry VIII with Katherine of Aragon.
Mary was the last Catholic Monarch. During her reign, she tried to restore Catholicism as the official state religion. She was intolerant of any form of criticism what she burned hundreds at the stake and hanged many Prostestants.
Her tyranny earned her the sobriquet as ‘Bloody Mary’
Anyways, here is the recipe.
2 ice cubes
vodka, double shot
½ lemon, juice only
6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
150ml/5fl oz tomato juice
pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
Method of preparation:
Place the ice into a tall glass and add the vodka.
Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and tomato juice. Stir well.
Adjust the seasoning, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve straightaway.
– To make this elegant elderflower & rhubarb ripple cocktail, add 1 measure of elderflower liqueur and 1 measure of rhubarb vodka to a cocktail shaker.
– Add a few cubes of ice to the shaker and then shake.
– Strain into a champagne coupe glass and top up the glass with 3 measures of Mount Bluff. There is enough to make 9 cocktails with this recipe!
Our favourite secret agent James Bond is famed for being steady, suave and ever ready with the ladies. However a study by some medical doctors in England have trawled through the super spy’s 14 novels, collated the amount of alcohol he is shown to have drunk in each book. The statistics they arrived at are staggering (Like Bond would be).
They found he drunk one and a half bottles of wine most days and consumed 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days that is 92 units per week,
about five vodka martinis a day which so four times the recommended intake for adult men in the UK. Bond would be more shaking and slurred voice than shaken not stirred as he preferred his vodka martinis 😉
Bond would be more lethal with a gun to himself and bystanders than with his target, also his performance with women would more impotent than potent.
Instead of having his Aston Martin car registered with the A.A.(Automobile Association), Bond himself would need to register with A.A. (alcoholics Anonymous) 😉