Monday, August 1, 2011

Keep it simple ... in a glass the size of a space helmet

AUGUST is the thirstiest month, beading droplets down cold frosted glasses, parching mouths and lips, melting hard ice with summer rays. Apologies to T. S. Eliot, but what do you drink when chilled rosé won't slake dehydration? Charles H. Baker's Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask proposes an overwhelming “267 masterpieces from greater and lesser ports”. Yet 3-ingredient wine cocktails are as easy to make as a character in those children’s books where pages divide people into head, torso and legs. August needs a Piscine Impériale: Champagne, Mandarine Napoléon and cucumber on ice, in a glass the size of a space helmet.

Full article first published in The Connexion (August, 2011)