Friday, January 27, 2012

The Panzanella Cocktail by David Rocco

This is my very favourite drink from David Rocco's Made in Italy. The Panzanella Cocktail, a take on the Tuscan Panzanella salad. A salad turned cocktail? I'm in.

adapted from David Rocco's Made in Italy
1/4 lime
1 Tbps sugar
4 cucumber slices, 1/2 inch or 1 cm thick
2-6 fresh basil leaves
60 ml vodka
Ginger ale

In a glass, muddle or mash the lime, sugar, 1 cucumber slice and basil. My basil leaves were huge, so I only used two. Add the vodka and ice and mix well. Top with ginger ale, and garnish with the remaining cucumber slices.

If you are sitting at home in Malta thinking, wow that sounds delicious but we don't have real ginger ale here, I have news for you. We do! To our great delight, Schweppes ginger ale is sold by the bottle on the island (we got ours at the Tower Supermarket). It's a decent substitute for Canadian Dry, which we all know is the best ginger ale ever. And it is not to be confused with the truly strange British concoction that is ginger beer. Ginger beer and vodka? Don't do it.

This drink is the perfect combination of sweet, savoury and spicy. Plus it has vegetables in it, which makes it practically good for you. Buon appetito, and have a great weekend!

- Jess

ps. we aren't all about the booze over here. you can make this drink a virgin by dropping the vodka and it's just as delicious.
you know what? i would recommend dropping the vodka. before lunchtime, at least.
you can do the same with the mimosa and the spritz.
and it's called orange juice and club soda. exciting!

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