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Sunday, 7 November 2010

And another?

The popularity for cocktails has struck on primetime TV. The recent Harry and Paul show had an item whereby Paul Whitehouse's character, a street huckster, was attempting to entice nice girls with his chocolate wares – until he was trumped by a smug Harry Enfield selling shoes, to which the girls flocked. Then – quite rightly, of course – both were trumped in turn by a smooth operator selling cocktails. The girls were mad for that. As indeed they are in real life.
One of them, an old chum, has a liking for the Gin Bennett, which goes something like this ...

  • Into a cocktail shaker add 1 1/2 fl oz gin (hard to beat Bombay Sapphire)
  • A good dash of orange bitters
  • 1 tbs spoon sugar syrup
  • Juice of a lime
  • Add 4 ice cubes, shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Drink very decorously – 'cos if you do, you might just get another.

Certainly the Misses Bennet of Pride and Prejudice never got to try one. All they wanted were husbands. Who needs them when you can have a Gin Bennett?

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