Some news and a Vodka Chilli Cocktail

Mallika Basu - Some news and a Vodka Chilli Cocktail

Posted 16th October 2008

I am pregnant. Yay – I have a perfectly legit reason to go clothes shopping. Boo – I can’t drink alcohol until March 2009.

On the bright side I didn’t get any of the really bad sickness. Although I am craving a double G&T and OTC drugs. A positive sign of the sprog’s superlative genetic makeup methinks.

While I keep going as normal on Virgin Mary, the news seems to be having a strange effect on people around me. They are now full of dubious parenting advice, odd requests for baby scan photos and fewer expletives.

And call me old fashioned, but since when has groping someone’s protruding belly been considered acceptable public behaviour? I might start returning the favour soon.

Just when I was taking it all under my stride, two things happened – I caught a cold and my version of mother’s special recipe for Vodka Chilli Cocktail made the cut for a newspaper feature.

Oh, cruel world…

Here’s to the future. I’ll take two sips.

Nourishes 2:

  • 4 green finger chillies
  • Half tsp black salt
  • Half tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime
  • 1 can lemonade
  • 2 single shots of Smirnoff Vodka
  • Ice
  • Martini glasses

Wash and pat the green chillies dry. Make a two-centimetre slit along the thickest part of each one taking care not to cut through the chilli. In a small cup, mix together the black salt and pepper. With the tip of the knife, stuff the slits with the salt and pepper mix.

Now measure a shot of vodka into each glass and place two chillies to soak in it. Leave to soak for at least 10 minutes, while you slice the lime and crush the ice. Then, add a handful of crushed ice to each glass, top with lemonade and a sprinkle of the remaining spice mix. Decorate with a slice of lime to serve.
Needless to say, this drink isn’t for the fainthearted. Enjoy with a curry if you dare.

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