Introducing The Cucumburt
Cucumber in a salad is one thing.
Cucumber in a cocktail, well now, that brings a whole new meaning to the term salad bar.
To be honest, potato milkshakes aside, my culinary experiments don’t normally extend to the beverage side of the house. Mixing drinks chez Spud, generally speaking, features a bottle of gin in one hand and a bottle of tonic in the other.
But I am learning that it doesn’t have to be that way.
It was a simple choice: eat my words or eat the contents of my freezer.
What happened, you see, was that Love Food magazine, published with yesterday’s Irish Independent, had included a little piece from me on tips for Christmas (ah, yes, fame at last! – even if it did miss out on my current top tip, which is to head over here for a shot at a free box of Tayto crisps).
Exciting indeed to see my words in actual newsprint but, having urged everyone in the country to fill their freezers with mince pies and the like, I had a weeny problem on that front myself. My freezer bore one of those looks that said “defrost me now, or else…”.
The invitation went something like this:
Hennessy would like you to come and sample some cognac and cocktails. Thursday, 3.30pm. You free?
Notwithstanding the fact that I am not much of a brandy drinker, I recognise
free drink when I see it the need to go forth and sample such things for the greater good of my readers. Besides, I am fond of brandy butter, brandy snaps and I’ve even been known to have the odd brandy alexander, so it’s not like I had a massive aversion to the task at hand.
Seeing Hennessy in a new light
So, with my sampling boots on, I headed off for what turned out to be quite an educational affair (honest, guv).