Brought it to knitting group on Sunday and finished the last remaining sleeve cap; plus got a start on weaving in the ends. All that remains is to block it and choose [possibly purchase] and attach buttons. I'm not wild about the idea of button shopping, but there are ten button holes ... and I'm not so sure I have ten matching buttons of the correct size lying around. More on the alterations and whathaveyou once the finishing's finished. Meanwhile ...
My new favorite hot weather libation:
I'm pretty sure it doesn't have a name, since it's a decidedly international effort including a mixer named after one of the fifty United States but available (as far as I can tell) only in Germany ... and gin. Plus some lime and whatever fresh herbs are kicking around the kitchen garden/crisper.
Appropriately(?) enough, the exclusively European soda in question is called "Californian Citrus Summer*". I'm not going to get involved in a discussion of the citrus growing season in California. Far more important than its questionable nomenclature is its nicely balanced bittersweet effervescence, which makes a delightfully unexpected, but appropriate, foil for the faithful standby that is Gordon's.
- London dry gin
- Schweppes Californian Citrus Summer soda
- Lime wedge
- Fresh herb sprig(s), bruised (optional)
Place a few cubes of ice in your fancy Ikea tumbler. Squeeze lime wedge over, drop into glass. Pour gin, then soda in preferred ratio. I like about a 1 to 1 ratio because I
am a lush have a refined palate, and prefer my drinks strong rather than sweet. If desired, bruise and drop in fresh herbs for a flavorful garnish. I used basil and some fennel fronds in the serving picture above, and found it to be a really nice combo. Stir, sip, and enjoy.
*Possible substitutes include any suitably dry citrus sodas. Grapefruit soda comes to mind, maybe mixed with some sparkling limeade or "orange dry" if you want to get fancy.