Guest post: I know it’s over.

I’ll admit, I feel a little lost post-Ginuary.  Who knew that an alcohol-themed month could give one such a sense of purpose?  I spent my days sneaking peeks at the Internet while at work, looking for ginny inspiration (?ginspiration), and my nights shaking and muddling and then sinking into the couch in a lovely gin-haze.  Oh Ginuary, I didn’t know how much you meant to me until you went away.

My Ginuary exploits were unfortunately interrupted by work, travel and natural disaster, but I did get a few nice little drinkies in before the end of the month.

Blood Plum Aviator at Albert St Food and Wine in Brunswick.

Blood Plum Aviator, made by the beardy fellow in the background.  (Albert St Food and Wine, Brunswick).

I spent a few days during Ginuary in Melbourne doing Melbourne things.  I’d heard some fancy people say nice things about Albert St Food and Wine, so I popped in there with my bf in between visits to record stores.  The fellow at the bar made me this wonderful Blood Plum Aviator (he did spend quite some time beforehand explaining what was in the drink and what it would taste like, but if he had said,”it’s got gin in it and it’s a really pretty shade of pink” that would have been enough for me).

There were plenty more opportunities for gin drinking in Melbourne, but I got a bit off track and ended up drinking lots of beer at various locations, and ouzo at Hellenic Republic.  Next Ginuary I promise to be more disciplined.

Blackberry Smash.

Blackberry Smash.

I purchased a muddler this Ginuary and I love it.  Using my muddler makes me happy, in the same way that popping bubble wrap makes me happy.  I smashed these little blackberries within an inch of their little berry lives, and made this yummy drink.

You're the bees knees but so am I.

You’re the Bee’s Knees but so am I.

I’m pretty lazy at making cocktails.  I like the cocktails that are just about sloshing everything together quickly so that the gin can quickly get down my gullet.  But I made honey syrup on the stove and then waited for it to chill for this Bee’s Knees cocktail, so I was pretty proud of this little baby.  It reminded me of the lemon and honey drinks that my mum used to make for me when I was sick, except it gave me a much better night’s sleep.

The Bloody Bastard.

Humphrey V The Bloody Bastard.

I like the concept of the Bloody Mary (mostly the fact that it seems to be fairly acceptable to drink one quite early in the morning), but tomato juice just doesn’t do it for me.  It’s cold tomato soup as far as I’m concerned, and I’m not even that keen on hot tomato soup.  So I was very excited when I found this recipe for The Bloody Bastard:  a ginny, beetrooty version of the Bloody Mary.  It was like nothing I’d ever had before.  Humphrey had never seen anything like it before either.

The End of Days gin cocktail.

The End of Days gin cocktail.

I had a few more gin tricks up my sleeve for the end of the month, but then Cyclone Whatshisname hit and took out my power and water supply for 4 days.  The novelty of wearing a headlamp and eating all of the icecream in the freezer before it melted soon wore off, and my bf and I decided the best course of action was just to play board games and get a bit drunk.  I had some Emma and Tom’s raspberry juice in the fridge, and some little ice cubes that were gallantly hanging in there, so we did our best with what we had and got to work on the leftover gin.  I can certainly attest that gin does make Electronic Battleship even more fun than it usually is.

So, my Ginuary sort of ended with a whimper rather than a bang.

 

I look forward to seeing you again next year, Ginuary.  We’ll be together again, and it will be like we were never ever apart.

xxx

P.S. I want to thank doctorsister for playing along at home and sharing this awesome month with me; she’s an absolute doll and I grinned every time something ginny appeared on her photo stream! Follow doctorsister on twitter and instagram.