I have a friend who’s holidaying in Mexico at the moment. Every time I flick through Instagram she’s sampling a fabulous cocktail or perusing some brightly coloured, rustic homewares. This week in drizzly London I’ve been living out my tropical fantasies through her images, so now that the sun has come out I’ll recreate one of her cocktails so we can all just pretend for a moment we’re lounging in a hammock too.
You cannot go wrong with a spicy grapefruit Margarita in Summer. It’s fresh, vibrant and has a zing to it.
Cocktails should celebrate the moments you are in, their taste reflecting or enhancing a mood – much like certain kinds of wine goes better with a particular dish and not another.
Holidaying on the Mediterranean coast at the beginning of Summer is a real senses overload. The heat, the colours, the sun, the fragrant smells, everything conspires for you to be happy and your taste buds almost self-combust the fresh food is so good.
This is a drink for the gardeners, or wannabe gardeners like myself, who potter about moving pots from one side of the garden to the other as a cruel experiment to see if the poor thing needs more sun, needs less sun, looks nicer near the window, hoping it will work out better this time.
In lifts. At meetings. On buses. Everywhere I go right now people seem to be breaking out into spluttering coughing fits. Maybe it’s our apocalyptic air pollution levels, or just the tree pollen playing havoc, but it isn’t half annoying when you can’t even finish a sentence without trailing off into a choking fit.