Getting home after date night, having shared a bottle of wine and losing that boozy buzz on the tube, I had an insatiable urge for a nightcap.
“Why don’t we open the Marmalade Vodka?” my boyfriend asked, as I slumped on his sofa, scrolling through all the Twitter I’d missed during dinner. That reminded me - @ChaseVodka had tweeted me earlier in the week to suggest drinking it with ginger beer and bitters, which is basically an official recipe, so following it was like doing a mini Cook The Books, yes?
Adding ginger ale: officially not an epic fail
Predictably, it was delicious. The orange tang of the British-made potato vodka and the, well, bitter of the bitters cut through the sweetness of the ginger, turning three very simple ingredients into something you’d fawn over at the Riding House Cafe. “Shall we have one more?” I asked, as the first slipped down almost immediately. “Oooh, and let’s watch Madonna’s Music video.”
“What, the new one?” he asked, mixing the second round. “No, Music. With Ali G and the cartoon bit in the middle.” I don’t know why – I’d just ingested a triple strength vodka in about ten seconds, who has time for reason? Perhaps it was because, years ago, I had a fantasy about having a boyfriend and debating the weighty issues, such as which was his favourite era of Madonna.
“What’s your favourite era of Madonna?” I slurred intensely, as we clinked glasses, again.
“I don’t know,” he shrugged disappointingly, missing the importance of the question. “But this drink is really, really good.”Well, at least we agreed on something.
(For the record, I like the sleekness of Ray of Light, but also the brazenness of Blonde Ambition. And you?)