Monday, July 23, 2012
There are a lot of reasons that Gillian and I are friends. Although we originally met through Twitter, we are now neighbors in Rome and of course proximity breeds friendship. And while we share common interests like food, travel and teenage offspring, our friendship is based on something much deeper.
Yes, I’m talking about cocktails.
So when Gillian hosted Sophie and me in Positano last week, of course she made sure cocktails were on the itinerary.
While I’m usually the one mixing things up, I love it when friends take over. Besides being enjoyable, I always learn something new. Gillian did not disappoint.
She took the basic idea of a Gin and Tonic, and turned it into something very Positano-ish. Lemons of course, but also a lot of fresh basil and slices of cool cucumber.
The addition of super sized ice cubes (courtesy of a gift left by previous house guest Rick) was a nice touch.
So was the incredible view, which I think I’m gonna have a hard time recreating back home.
Gillians Positano Gin + Tonic
2 oz gin (Hendricks is best if you can find it)
1 wedge lemon
1 slice cucumber
3 leafs basil
In a rocks glass muddle lemon, cucumber and basil. Add gin. Add ice. Top with tonic water. Stir, garnish and serve.
Preferably while looking out over the Positano bay.