Shaken not stirred

May 22, 2013

martiniOne of the advantages of not drinking wine (it makes me sick) is that in addition to champagne and anything dry and sparkly, I get to drink cocktails at dinner without anyone raising an eyebrow. Right now, probably because of the Don Draper influence, I’m into martinis – preferably gin, although I will have vodka ones too, and flavoured. And like James Bond, I prefer my drinks to be shaken not stirred, like this one (left) served at Balthazar Covent Garden.

Raspberry martini











This raspberry martini I had in Tampa is pretty much my idea of drink heaven – incredibly refreshing, very slightly sweet, with a maraschino cherry at the bottom. Delicious.

cocktail shaker and glasses




In fact I love martinis so much I bought this vintage cocktail shaker and glasses. So elegant – very The Great Gatsby, don’t you think?*

*Disclaimer: They’re actually from Ikea.

This is my entry for The Gallery and the theme this week is ‘drink’.

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  • MummaG May 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This post made me giggle, love the vintage (ikea) glasses x

  • HelpfulMum May 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    My favourite cocktail is a mojito! Love them. The martinis look good though but I can’t drink vodka, it sends me loopy!

  • Lous Lake Views May 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Oooooh Martinis, yummy. If you ever go to a Hard Rock cafe try pomegranate, delish!

  • Herding Cats May 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Fantastic pictures. Very nice.

  • Mother Goutte May 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Sounds very sophisticated! I like cocktails but if someone else makes them for me, although I could be swayed by the idea to owning a shaker like yours!

  • Notmyyearoff May 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I love mocktails! Pina Colada is my fave…or whatever the mocktail version is called!

  • LauraCYMFT May 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I love cocktails. A french martini is one of my favourites.

  • SaveEveryStep family stories past and present May 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

    We had a cocktail evening over Xmas with a few friends. It was so much fun for a change. We had a menu of about 15 cocktails…needless to say didn’t quite make it all the way through!

  • Suzanne May 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Cocktails are delicious but very, very dangerous! Had a few too many messy nights on these in my youth!

  • Jaime Oliver May 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I have never had a cocktail .. i think i need to resolve this quickly!!

    Love the ikea set! 😉