Monday, June 29, 2009

On the occasion ...

... of my birthday let me say, sweetheart, you're my gift.

Painting, In Paris With You, Howard Hodgkin, after Chaim Soutine, my all-time favorite painter. 


  1. This is a cocktail which was made up on a television programme on Sunday. It is suppose to be "American" to celebrate 4th July!! Not too sure how though...but think it could be a good birthday cocktail.
    Hope you enjoy it....

    35ml/1¼fl oz gin
    1 tbsp maraschino cherry liqueur
    2 tsp violet-flavoured syrup
    25ml/1fl oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 scoop ice
    1 twist orange rind, to garnish

    1. Place the gin, maraschino cherry liqueur, violet syrup and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Add a scoop of ice and shake well.
    2. To serve, strain the mixture into a Martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange rind.

  2. Thank you for this recipe - I shall make it on the 4th of July if I can find the violet-flavored syrup. Might have to wait for that till I visit the UK in July.