I’m a December baby, 2nd December to be exact. When I was younger it was THE most annoying thing ever as it meant I got all of my pressies in one month then had to wait an entire year for it all to happen again. My brother is also a December baby, his birthday is on the 30th, so he definitely had it worse than me. Now we’re “grown-ups” we both quite enjoy it and this year I have to admit, I got some pretty cracking gifts!
I didn’t see Gin Buddy No.1 until the 21st December when she presented me with a belated birthday pressie, I excitedly ripped open the paper (I love opening presents) to reveal a very intriguing book.
Free The Tipple by Jennifer Croll and Kelly Shami carries the tagline “Kickass cocktails inspired by iconic women.” It pays tribute to a brilliant range of diverse women from the 20th century to today who have made waves in entertainment, the arts, politics, fashion, literature, sports, and science. Frida Kahlo, Beyoncé, Serena Williams and Maya Angelou all feature alongside a whole host of others.
The book features 60 cocktails, designed to reflect each of the 60 female icons they take their names from. The recipes have been cleverly crafted taking into consideration personality, style, legacy, or what she liked to drink herself. Each icon has her own double page spread which not only gives you the cocktail recipe, but also gives brief and interesting biographies…So yes, it totally means that you can pass off your cocktail making as being an informative learning opportunity.
This cocktail book isn’t solely dedicated to gin but there are a few gin based cocktails in there and they are attributed to some pretty awesome women. My favourite so far is the Édith Piaf, which I shamelessly consumed on a school night, fully embracing her famous words “Non, rien de rien, non, je ne regrette rien.”
The Édith Piaf
You’re going to need:
- 60ml Hendrick’s gin
20ml simple syrup
- 10ml fresh lemon juice
- 10ml fresh grapefruit juice
- 3 dashes of rose water
- Rose petals as an optional garnish
Once you’ve got that, do this:
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and give it a good shake. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with some rose petals.
Definitely a cocktail you won’t regret making.
Once you get reading the ingredients and recipes in the book, you’ll find that some of the cocktails start sounding a little familiar. For example The Cindy Sherman consists of vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec…a Cosmopolitan then, but it’s fun all the same and as I already said, it really is interesting finding out all about these iconic women.
A great little pressie for a cocktail loving friend or as a treat to work through yourself once you’re done with Dry January! Not that I am assuming any of you lovelies participated in that, far more likely you took on the Dry Ginuary challenge instead.
Happy New Year lovelies, thanks so much for all the time you spend with me! Sending lots of positivity and good vibes your way for 2019.