I spent the afternoon swearing at the neighbours in my head the other day. Every time I get everything done and go out on the balcony to lie in the sun – I’ve got to make the most of it while I can, it’s winter in New Zealand and I’ll have to get vitamin D injections or something otherwise – either someone starts mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges. Really loudly. It’s as if there’s a trip switch on my door. Does that sound paranoid? I think it might. Tell you what though, everyone ‘round these parts has a lawn fit for Home and Garden. I am often tempted to scream obscenities but I don’t. I am very adult and go inside and play things like Body Count at top volume in retaliation.
Claiming I drink very little and in the same breath saying I gulped down a cocktail in annoyance sounds like I’m dissembling but I assure you it’s true: I’m not a big drinker, I probably drink less than once a month. But, I tell you, these Home and Garden people they’re driving me to it because I went and made this: a Hugo, and consumed it forwith. It was my cocktail of the summer after I had it at a spring wedding I went to last year but by the time it occurred to me to tell you about it, it wasn’t summer anymore and I decided to save it so here it is now: ta-da!
You pour most of a glass of dry Prosecco, drop in a few mint leaves you’ve rubbed between your fingers and pour a glug of elderflower syrup into the glass. If you want to, you can add a twist of lime or ice cubes, though I don’t – I make good and sure the bubbly is as cold as all get out though. Maybe it’ll be your drink of the summer too.
What do you do when you’re frustrated?
I’ve mostly had these in what the Italians call Alto Adige and the Austrians call South Tyrol and I think that’s where they come from.
A glass of Prosecco, not quite full
A tablespoon or two of elderflower syrup, to taste
3 mint leaves, rubbed to release the oils
A slice of lime and a squeeze of lime juice
Pour the syrup into the Prosecco and drop the mint in. Top with sparkling water and lime, if desired.