I was not supposed to do food preparation during my illness, but nobody said I couldn’t make cocktails for myself. So I continued my Downton Abbey Cocktail Book odyssey.
The first cocktail was the Improved Brandy Cocktail on Sunday evening. This one has Cognac with hints of Angostura bitters, maraschino liqueur, gum syrup and absinthe with a lemon twist. This is my first experience with gum syrup. It is supposed to give a velvety richness, but I couldn’t appreciate it. But it was a perfectly good cocktail.
Then Monday I moved on to the Refreshing Drinks chapter of the book (from the Stirred and After-Dinner Drinks one). The first one was The Suffragette. This one is in honor of Lady Sybil. It is a variation of a Sidecar with brandy, creme de cacao and fresh lemon juice. I usually do not like chocolate and fruit together, but I actually liked the flavor. But then the acidity got to my stomach, and I no longer liked it. This may be due to my illness however so I should probably try this one again.
Tuesday evening was the Raspberry Gin Fizz. This one has gin, fresh lime juice, raspberry syrup and club soda. You are supposed to have raspberries as a garnish, but I managed not to freeze any of our raspberries this last year so I used one of our frozen strawberries instead. This one was good and refreshing and did not taste like cough syrup.
Wednesday was the Ramos Gin Fizz. I am pretty sure I have made this before. It is gin, fresh lime and lemon juices, orange flower water, 1 egg white, an ounce of cream and club soda. I had to shake this hard with ice for 3 minutes but it came out quite nice. A yummy cocktail.
On Friday I made The Abbey. This is gin, Cocchi Americano and fresh orange juice. This was tasty.
So those were my illness cocktails. Hopefully they aided in my recovery. They at least made my week a little more interesting. Today is the first day I am symptom-free except maybe a little tired. And now I can start cooking again too!
I’m very glad you’re feeling well again. That must have really been miserable! Do you think you caught it from one of your patients?
Thanks Jeanne. Unfortunately I am sick again now. None of my patients had similar symptoms but I know this virus is going around and it is easy to pick it up from contaminated surfaces. I am going to try to see my doctor today and see if I can figure out what is going on.
Oh no! I didn’t that to happen! I hope your doctor was able to help you today. Please let me know how you’re doing,and if he/she was able to help.
He agreed that it is likely a virus and just to give it more time. He did suggest Imodium to help me sleep through the night. If I am not better by Friday we are going to do more tests but I do seem to be better this morning. Fingers crossed.
Donna, I really can sympathize with you. Being sick is NOT fun! I had more than my share last year! I’m praying that by tomorrow, you’ll be much better!
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