One of my all time favorite films is Cocktail, forget the fact that Tom Cruise is too short to be a worthy contender in my “top five”, it’s a film that all women of my age have probably watched a hundred times. Not a film that would demand the critics attention but definitely a “popcorn flick”, and you can’t help but be charmed by Brian (aka Tom Cruise) and his cocktails. Alabama Slammer anyone?
Now I never met a real life Tom Cruise but when hubby said he’d quite like some cocktail making equipment I got all excited at the thought of my very own Brian. I went off and duly bought glasses, shakers, mixers, stirrers and the obligatory cocktail umbrellas. Sadly the charming Brian never materialised but I do have a hubby that likes to knock up a few cocktails. So now we have a growing collection of drinks books to add to the cook books and are slowly working our way through them all (well the ones we like the look of!). Last summer I took a liking to the Cherry Blossom (before I found out I was pregnant I hasten to add!) from Larousse Cocktails. It’s a fairly potent cocktail but fruity and nice.
5-6 ice cubes
1 measure Cognac
1/2 measure Cherry Brandy
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp grenadine
Place the ice and and all ingredients into a shaker and then shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass using a cocktail strainer. Serve immediately.
The one thing missing from all this cocktail drinking was a cool bar stool to perch on while testing these drinks for my hubby. Now my prayers have been answered by Kitchen Stools Direct.
They have a wide range of high quality kitchen and bar stools that are both contemporary and stylish. I chose the Ridge Bar Stoolwhich comes in both black and white and retails for £109.99 but which is currently on offer for £89.99.
The stool was easy to put together in a few minutes with the use of an allen key that was provided. The stool has a faux leather upholstery with soft deep padding that makes it very comfortable. It rotates 360° and has a gas lift system for fully adjustable height.
I love the stool, the soft padding help you while away the hours without realising how many cocktails you might drink (oopps!). The deep seat and supportive back means it’s one of the few stools I don’t feel like I’m going to fall off. I like the adjustable height and it’s also quite surprisingly light so easy to move around the kitchen. So do you want join me for a drink?
Or maybe you’d like the chance to have your very own stool. Kitchen Stools Direct are offering you the chance to win a £100 gift voucher to spend on their stools. Their range starts with a simple wooden stool on offer for just £24 or you can splash out on some serious style with many fab designs at less than £100.
Thanks to Beth at Jam & Cream PR and Kitchen Stools Direct for the stool to review and the prize.