With less than thirty hours to go until we depart on our holiday to Kalkan, Turkey I have abandoned all hope of getting packed in a structured and calm manner. Instead I have decided to create two more cocktails that I may have to try out later. In part, this is because my dear son, who is going to Berlin in about six hours, has just stuck a load of washing in – and appears to have plenty more to go. I suspect that he will be travelling damp…
So what better to do to fill the time than be creative with cocktails. Once again they are intended as a treat for the weight-watching drinker. I’m told that doesn’t mean you can have twice as many of them…
The Kalkan Kick – or Bloody Mary plus…
It’s packing time and you should be really excited, but you’re feeling a little stressed as you also have a million and one other things to do: Feed the papers, cancel the cat, water the fridge and chuck out the mouldy plants – you know the sort of thing.
So you need to focus on what’s important – and that is getting in the right frame of mind.
- 2/3 cup tomato juice
- Slug of vodka*, depending on strength of drink
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- 6 shakes Tabasco Sauce
- teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce
- Juice of 1/2 large lime (or medium lemon)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Celery stalk
A few sips of this and you’ll be raring to go. Not only that but you’ll find yourself trying on those fake leopard skin shorts or bikini bottoms that you’d shuddered at only an hour before – and chucking them in your suitcase along with a voucher for cut-price paragliding off the Taurus mountains. Well, maybe not…
The Kalkan Kiss
Maybe you’re wondering what on earth you’re doing going on holiday when the roof needs fixing and the cat keeps being sick down the stairs. Perhaps you should cancel it and put the money towards a new drainpipe.
Oh no, no, no! Take immediate action and create a Kalkan Kiss for yourself. This may be hard to justify on the slimming count – but hey, it could save your holiday!
- A measure of tequila
- small measure of white creme de cacao
- small measure of reduced fate double cream
- a little chambord
- a few white chocolate flakes
- a few raspberries for decoration
Mix all the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker for about 15 seconds, then pour into a cocktail glass, chilled and rimmed with the chocolate flakes. Decorate with raspberries. (these could be part of your 5 a day and are very good for you).
Once you’ve enjoyed your first Kalkan Kiss you’ll be ready for romance. And Kalkan has to be one of the most romantic places in all the world. Who needs new drainpipes anyway!