top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>On Friday evenings Chez Antiques Diva, Mister Divo (aka the Wine Guy) takes off his sommelier hat and tries his hand at mixology. While each week he personally likes to try something new, testing new recipes for Blood & Sands, Horses Necks, Sidecars and various type of Martinis, I tend towards having a favorite drink – a signature drink. 9 times out of 10 when he asks my flavor I respond with a sigh…. “Give me Coco Chanel with a Dagger” – my code name for the French 75. It’s elegant yet packing heat!
French 75 Recipe, per my husband:
- Put Champagne flute in freezer
- 1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/2 oz rich simple syrup
- Fill shaker with ice, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup
- Shake like mad until well-chilled, then strain into chilled Champagne flute
- Top with Champagne (do NOT use a low quality sparkler…)
- Stir gently and rim the glass with the lemon
- Garnish with a long, thin lemon spiral and a cherry (I like to use a bing cherry if available)
Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 80px; line-height: 70px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>”Fancy meeting you here!” I exclaimed as I kissed my husband hello last night as he walked out of Berlin Tegel airport and into my arms. At last, we were in the same place at the same time! He was returning home from a business trip to his company chateau in France while I’d just whizzed in from taking a “to the trade” buyer to Belgium on an antiques shopping tour. I’m home for exactly 6 days before leaving again for Italy – this time helping an interior designer shop for antiques to furnish a 200 year old 6000 square foot Tuscan villa – and I wanted to make the most of every minute with my darling husband! After all, between his crazy travel schedule and mine meeting at our home town in Berlin has become a rarity!
As he loosened his tie throwing his briefcase in the backseat, I put my Audi in drive and said, “Not yet – I’m kidnapping you! We’ve got a date at the Hotel de Rome!” In confusion he lifted his brows looking back at the airport. “Not Rome as in Italy, Silly Boy” I chidded, “Rocco Forte’s 5 star extravaganza in Berlin at the Babelplatz!”
I hadn’t taken a room, but rather thought a cocktail date to catch up on life, love and other mysteries was in order. I love the romance of yesteryear sitting in a moody lounge with a pianist tickling the ivories as I sip slowly at a drink in a dark corner. My husband ordered the Horse Neck, me the Talihito… An American expat lounge singer strolled onto the small stage and began to croon lyrics lost in love in the 80’s and as my husband and I held hands and whispered sweet nothings I sighed, “There’s nothing like being in the same place at the same time…”
Next time you’re in Berlin I’d recommend popping over to the Bebel Bar at the Hotel de Rome! For more ideas on where to go for drinks in Berlin see Paul Sullivan of Slow Travel Berlin guide in the Guardian to the top-10-cocktail-bars-berlin” target=”_blank”>Best Cocktails in Berlin.
Until next time, cheers!
The Antiques Diva®
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Dearest Diva Readers,
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Just a quick blog to say “à bientôt”! This August WG & I are running away for a deliciously long holiday. We’ll set sail on a Holland America Mediterranean Cruise next week after taking a short driving tour through Italy and visiting two of our favorite places – Piedmont and Tuscany. We’ve never a done a cruise and perhaps it wasn’t the brightest idea to book our first cruise for 20 days, but my suitcase is packed and I’m ready to hit the sea! Speaking of suitcases, you should see mine… stuffed to the seams with cocktail dresses, gala gowns, giant straw hats and a sundress for almost every day on board!
Our itinerary looks like something out of a James Bond movie, starting from Civitavecchia to Livorno, on to Monte Carlo before docking at Barcelona and Palma De Mallorca. Then it’s La Goulette, Palermo, Napels and back to Civitavecchia where it all began. While the 10 day passengers disembark, WG and I will sip cocktails in the shade, dreaming of Dubrovnik and the other ports of call in part two of our cruise – Corfu, Katakolon, Santorini, Kusadasi, Valletta and Messina! It’s going to be a vacation to remember.
But don’t worry dear diva readers, I haven’t forgotten you. While I’m away on a dream vacation, I’ll still be thinking of you. In fact, this past month I’ve been thinking of you double time as I wrote not only my July blogs but also pre-blogged and pre-posted for the month I’m away. In addition to featuring some reader questions this next month, you will also find that I got a little help from my friends. La Reine and Lady Lotus take the helm a few times, writing on subjects such as Des Moines, Kimono Shopping in Japan, Hungarian Baby Bath Tubs and they even embark on a Coleslaw War to see whose slaw is the tastiest! So stay tuned for more Antiques Diva previously-prepared postings this August.
I’ll return to you this September sun-kissed and ready to set sail on a Fall filled with adventure.
The Antiques Diva™