At the bottom of official French documents you have to sign, date and write “lu et approuvé” (read and approved). I’m drowning- again – in forms and contracts and taxes. My solution? Think about it later. Marinate strawberries in vodka. Have a red-themed dinner party.
This cocktail has been drunk and approved by a real French person. Even with the strange addition of basil. In a skinny flute with frozen strawberries instead of icecubes it looked like summer. It actually reminded me of Pimms, albeit less sweet.
(That will be my next step, convincing horrified French people that cucumber can belong in a cocktail. That it is perfectly acceptable to fish out the drunken fruit afterwards.)
One more step to changing the rules, escaping the official documents. Maybe I can offer the taxman a cocktail?
1 l vodka
(Choose very red, very sweet strawberries for the best flavour. The vodka can be quite basic but maybe not Tesco value.)
Hull the strawberries and halve any big ones. In a large glass jar or container mix vodka and strawberries. Put a lid on and leave for about 3 days in a cool, dark place. Then strain the vodka, tip into a couple of bottles/jars and store in the freezer ready for chilled cocktails.
Strawberry-basil vodka lemonade
30 ml strawberry vodka (chilled)
2 small basil leaves
1 tsp brown sugar
1-2 tsp lemon juice
100 ml cloudy lemonade (so not Sprite)
2 frozen strawberries
Tear the basil into small pieces and put in the bottom of a nice glass – even better in a champagne flute – with the sugar. With the end of a wooden spoon or a chopstick, bash the basil so it releases its flavour. Add vodka and lemon then top up with lemonade. Taste and add more vodka/lemon as needed. Finish with a couple of frozen strawberries.
Repeat as needed.