My perfect summer evening doesn’t require much. The company of my best friend (we have been married 13 years this August), our garden and a couple of cocktails. It really doesn’t take very much to make me happy! Never mind that the garden is actually a bit of a mess at the moment – we haven’t had a chance to do much with it since the builders left back in March. Or was it February? Despite the mess, there’s still flowering sweet peas and birds singing – in many ways you would never guess that we are in London and not the English countryside. You have probably guessed that staycations were invented with me in mind – I hate flying and am a homebody at heart.
The cocktail du jour is the elegant Le Fizz which combines two of my favourites – ice-cold Grey Goose and St Germain elderflower liqueur. It is refreshing, extremely drinkable and a bit of a kick in the head! Don’t let its good looks lull you into thinking this is a lightweight, girly kinda drink. Le Fizz is a Charlie McCarthy creation for the World Duty Free Summer Drinks Festival – check out the link for more summer cocktail inspiration.
Grey Goose Le Fizz
85ml | 3fl oz Grey Goose vodka (preferably chilled)
50ml | 2.7fl oz St Germain
2 tsp elderflower cordial (optional)
juice of 1 lime
chilled soda water to top up
lemon peel, rolled into a rosette to decorate (optional)
2. Top up with chilled soda water and decorate with a lemon peel rosette.
PPS: Although I am enjoying a Le Fizz right now I am certainly not in the garden seeing as we have been enjoying the downpour of a lifetime. I practically had to swim home.
Disclosure: World Duty Free Summer Drinks Festival supplied me with the cocktail ingredients.