Tuesday, 3 February 2015

A Tale Of Cocktails #50

Lemon Raspberry Fizz


8 oz champagne
2 oz limoncello

Taste: 7
Look: 7
Cost: 7
Name: 5
Prep: 7
Alcohol: 5
Overall: 6.6

Preparation: Place three crushed ice cubes in a champagne glass along with the raspberries. Mix the champagne with limoncello from  the freezer and pour into the glass.

General Comments: This is the most dangerous type of cocktail, one that reminds you of a drink from childhood. Well, not a drink, exactly; one of those lemonade ice lollies I used to tear through on the days we'd run out of Mars Bar ice-creams. But then, they were always best when they were on the verge of melting, so it was never far from being a drink, not if you timed it right. As wonderful as they were, though, I always had the sneaking suspicion they could be fairly cheaply replicated at home, thereby freeing me forever from the terrifying thought that this time I'd be too late and the electronic "Greensleeves" remix would recede whilst I was still busy wheedling a fifty pence piece from my harassed mother.

And lookit! Turns out you can, indeed, generate this stuff domestically (sorry it took 28 years to work that out, mum).  With alcohol, no less. There's even raspberries in there for a nice snack once the cocktail is done, though the champagne and limoncello make the fruit rather bitter.  Nothing wrong with that in moderation, obviously, and whilst the vagaries of fate led to me trying this in the depths of winter, it's not hard to imagine this being a smart choice when the sun decides to kick off its next brief tour of the country.

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