All I want is a proper cup of coffee
Made in a proper copper coffee pot.
I know how he feels with regard to the coffee, although I will skip the copper coffee pot and go for the simplicity of a pour over. Similarly sometimes all I want is a proper cocktail, served in a proper cocktail glass.
My martini glasses are massive – each holds about 200ml of gin and it would be foolish to fill them right to the brim – a cocktail needs to be enjoyed elegantly, if I filled one of them with gin I would not be able to stand once I got a third of the way down.
This slushie is icy cold and perfect for the hot humid days of a city summer. You do need a decent blender, I have been testing the Optimum 9400, sold by Froothie, at £329 it is an investment, but an elite blender is now an essential piece of kitchen kit for me and I use it several times a day and performance wise the Optimum stands up to its more expensive competitors (read my initial thoughts here).
You do need to think in advance for this one – prepare and peel the melon a good few hours before then freeze and chill the gin.
- ½ Galia melon – use a Honeydew for a sweeter drink
- 100 ml of gin
- Squeeze of lemon
- 2 slices of lemon
- 2 sprigs of mint
Peel, deseed and chop the melon into bite sized pieces. Spread out on to a baking mat and freeze. Once frozen pack into a plastic box or bag. (Or if you do not have a high powered blender blitz the melon and gin and freeze)
Blend the melon, gin and lemon juice until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.
If you do not have a high powered blender then blend unfrozen melon with the gin, pour into a jar and freeze. Remove from the freezer and give it a bash with a fork before serving.
Serve immediately and enjoy elegantly.
More cocktail ideas
- My Christmas Martinis
- Peter’s Gin Gimlet
- Michelle’s Ginger Beer Gin Cocktail
- Pete’s Beer Slushie
- Jac’s Ruby Red Gin with Clementine
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