I am a bit hung over today because I had too many cocktails in the same evening. One the one hand, this is obviously bad and is the reason I have time to blog instead of working. On the other hand, they were delicious cocktails – I was drinking ginger, chilli and lime margaritas and they were bloody amazing, but don’t drink about five if you only had a small dinner because you will have a headache the next morning. I will post the recipe at the end of all today’s news.
It is well and truly December so as well as dealing with the huge pile of work, I am trying to clean the house so we can have CHRISTMAS. I am very excited. Look, I managed to put the tree up.
Best tree decorations of the year –
Glass figures by Gisela Graham. Robot Santa, snowman astronaut, a gingerbread baker, a letterbox.
Tin toys. Train, fire engine, plane.
Sugar skulls and dinosaurs from Paperchase.
Some lovely robins.
I stayed up late that night, cleaning and decorating the tree. During the night, it snowed. I woke up to this in the morning, how apt.
Happy almost-Christmas, everyone. I am looking forward to a lot of blogging in the immediate future, as I attempt to take a few weeks off work. Hooray! And now for the cocktail recipe. This is probably wrong but it is the way I made it.
Ginger, Chilli and Lime Margarita
To make the syrup:
- Finely chopped fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon
- Finely sliced hot chillis, a bit less than a tablespoon
- White sugar, 2 cups
- Water, 2 and two-thirds cups
Heat up the water in a pan. Add the sugar and dissolve. Add the ginger and chilli. Simmer for 20 mins, the mixture will reduce. Decant and put in the fridge. You are supposed to strain it but I didn’t bother, realising that the cocktail shaker will do that for me.
To make the drink:
- Tequila, 200ml (I think it was 200ml, I was drunk)
- Syrup, 150ml (probably)
- Triple sec, 50ml
- Fresh lime, one
- Crushed ice, a lot.
Get your glasses that look like this:
Frost the edge of the glasses (instructions below). Put crushed ice in the glasses. Put crushed ice in the cocktail shaker. Add all the alcohol, the syrup and all the juice you can squeeze from the lime. Shake vigorously until you can’t be bothered to shake it any more. Pour into glasses.
If you are fancy, you have saved a very thin slice of lime to use as a decoration on top of the pile of snow. It is refreshing and freezing cold, yet warming and spicy hot. It is like the best bits of winter all smashed together. It kicks like a mule.
How to frost the rim of your glass:
Choose either salt or sugar. Take a clean, small paintbrush. Dip it in the syrup and paint around the outer edge of the glass. Tip some salt or sugar into a saucer and roll the wet rim of the glass in it. Doing this will ensure that the salt or sugar stays on the outside of the glass and doesn’t leak into your drink, spoiling the flavour.
How many drinks this makes: quite enough. I will not drink so many next time. Harry tried to stop me but I just laughed and said “I assure you I’m not drunk, officer, honestly, I’ve only had a few ales”.