Last month I came across an article about how you can tell a lot about someone by the way they take their drinks, and I've been secretly observing my friends' drink habits ever since. It's fascinating! Do they take their coffee with a splash of milk in the morning and with sugar after lunch? (They're easygoing & laid back.) Enjoy a little Glenlivet in the afternoon? (An artist!) Margarita with colleagues after work? (The year-round spring-breaker.) Drink wine only after eight? (Responsible to the nth degree.)
As a rule, I like my morning coffee black (moody) and my tea with a lump of sugar (dangerous!). I like a glass of Rosé while I cook; whisky on rare winter evenings; martinis stirred & dirty. (I prefer sandals & sundresses; tend to be melancholy; am trying too hard!) And I've never been one for fruity cocktails. (Boring!)
Last week, though, I broke my rule and made Mojitos in the afternoon. They were inspired by an iced tea I had a few years ago that was sweetened with ginger and vanilla syrup. The combination is amazing! In fact, they make such nice partners, they appear side-by-side and hand-in-hand in many of my recipes.