My husband’s grandfather, George, was a bookie. He even won his house on a horse race – true story! His lovely wife, Marie, still lives in that house which is situated, naturally, right across the road from the race course. Now that’s living and breathing your profession!
I love looking at the beautiful old photographs of Marie in the super-stylish outfits she wore to the races. Somehow, women today just don’t look half as glamourous as the immaculately dressed women of that time in their gloves, hats and intricate frocks or matching twin sets.
Getting all dressed up is somewhat of a foreign novelty for me at the moment as a first time Mum. Ditto to drinking fancy cocktails as I’m still breastfeeding. However, when given a list cocktail recipes by my current sponsor Ocean Spray to celebrate the Spring racing season, I put on a token sparkly headband and got mixing.
When reading cocktail lists I am always immediately drawn to ones that include lychee, so one called Spring Fling, a mix of gin, lychee and ruby red grapefruit juice among other ingredients, was the clear favourite. I added extra Ruby Red because I love the colour and the taste (plus, it was the middle of the day!), so my photo looks much more vibrant than the real cocktail turns out.
A little sprig of Jasmine flower from my balcony which, to me, is the epitome of the Spring season, finished the shot nicely. The Jasmine plant is actually yet to flower, but once it does, it will fill the house with a lovely sweet scent. Just heavenly.
What is your favourite cocktail ingredient?
Disclosure: Fig & Cherry and Ocean Spray are working together as part of a paid sponsorship.
Spring Fling Cocktail
15ml apple liqueur
45ml Ocean Spray Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice Drink
10ml lemon juice
3 lychees and a dash of syrup
1. Muddle the lychees and syrup in a cocktail shaker then add all ingredients with ice.
2. Shake and fine strain into a chilled martini glass.
3. Garnish with a thin wedge of apple (I used a lychee and lemon wedge).