Mr. P and I took the opportunity to head off this week for several days in the Clare Valley trying out wines from some lovely wineries and eating locally sourced food. I've come back 3 kilos heavier and with several additions for our wine stash. I always take plenty of food shots when on holidays and this time was no different.
This is where we stayed while we were away. A beautiful old farmhouse built in 1870. Lovely to have kangaroos hopping past your back door at dusk and to have grape vines 30 metres from the house.
So,what better way to keep the R & R going than by swapping out wine tasting for a cocktail which was chosen by Thea this week.
Im always a bit dubious when I see healthy stuff in a cocktail but this one has enough alcohol in it to balance out the vegetable content....I breathed a sigh of relief when I had the first sip because I was a little afraid it might taste like a Boost Juice. No fear of that - plenty of nips of alcohol to leave you in no doubt that you were having a cocktail!
So this is a visual of what you're going to need:(original recipe can be found here )
This recipe calls for white cranberry juice and I couldn't find it anywhere so I just subbed a splash of ginger beer instead. Any port in a storm! I'm amazed by what isn't readily available here that seems to be easy to get in other places.
And ta da ! Here is my artfully posed shot of a cucumber cosmopolitan.
This didn't taste at all like I thought it would. I was imagining a much stronger cucumber flavour. I stopped at one though ...three standard drinks in every glass means this is decidedly a one off cocktail! Definitely an acquired taste and probably much better with the white cranberry juice. I think my ginger beer addition was a complete fail!