I am currently on holiday in Nova Scotia. What a beautiful place filled with some of the friendliest people on the planet.
My only complaint…the lack of knowledge (in the places I have stayed) of how to make a martini.
We went to this fully stocked sports-themed restaurant in Truro and the server looked at me blankly when I asked for a gin martini. She said that they didn’t know that one.
I wanted to go behind the bar and give her a quick tutorial. I mean, how hard is it to shake gin and vermouth with some ice?
Then, last night in Chéticamp I was able to order a martini, but it was the worst I have ever had. It tasted like 5 parts water to
no one part gin.
So, what I really wanted to get around to saying to y’all is that I love gin. Martinis and Negronis are my favorite gin cocktails, but I’m ever on the search for something new (to me) and different.
Enter today’s Dubonnet Cocktail. Evidently, it is a “favorite of Queen Elizabeth II and her mother, who preferred it served on the rocks.”
I have always wanted to try Dubonnet, the ruby red aperitif infused with a variety of herbs and spices. Finally got a bottle and mixed some with gin which made for a most delectable libation. I highly recommend making yourself a Dubonnet cocktail soon.
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce Dubonnet Rouge
Lemon twist for garnish
1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with some ice cubes.
2. Stir well.
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
4. Garnish with the lemon twist.
Recipe from About.com
I often go outside my musical bounds when I am on holiday. I love to listen local radio, so on this trip that meant lots of Acadian, Celtic, French language tunes, some general Canadian pop and a bit of indie thrown in with the ubiquitous US tunes.
I love this song by Rich Aucoin. A tiny nod to Arcade Fire in his vocals and a full out fun wall of sound. A perfect drinking tune.
“When you give it all up, you get it back.
This heart is all that keeps us up, this heart is beating.”