Rose – Merry

Day 3 of my holidays has been great too.

I got up and went to the gym and worked so hard I had to suddenly stop because I thought I’d have to puke. I also received a big lecture from my personal trainer Paul who accused me of being a binge drinker, which may or may not be true at times. He thinks it takes 5 days to recover from 4-5 standard drinks. Gees.. No wonder I feel rough on Monday mornings sometimes!

This is ironic because I never stock alcohol at home but recently bought a bottle of Hendricks Gin to quaff occasionally. For our wedding we were gifted the most fabulous bar service and it takes pride of place in our living room. Every night we look at it and debate whether we have a drink or not. We have never been drinkers through the week so this is a habit we don’t really want to start. I’ll stick to my binge drinking I say!

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Since receiving this ‘piece’ (I feel it’s too nice to call furniture) we have admittedly been indulging in happy hour more and more. I have always been a rum girl but since trying Hendricks a couple of years ago at a friends wedding I have been hooked. I’ve never had it with rosemary but I’ve heard it’s fab so was wanting to try the following recipe. (is it called a recipe when it’s about making a drink?)

Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic
1 cucumber
1 lime
3 sprigs rosemary
2 standard shots Hendrick’s Gin
4 standard shots tonic water
ice

Peel one half of a cucumber, and slice a lime into eight wedges. In a highball glass, add three slices of peeled cucumber, 1 sprig rosemary, juice from a lime wedge and 1 shot gin. Muddle with the back of a spoon.

Strain through a mesh strainer into a second highball glass. Add several cubes of ice, and three slices of unpeeled cucumber. Top with remaining gin and tonic, and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.

Voila! No doubt mine will look the same with perfectly pressed linen.

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So, because I’m a bit of a weirdo I decided that it would not be the same unless the rosemary was from my own ‘garden’. So on the way home from the gym I stopped in at Bunnings and got a fresh potted rosemary seedling. It won’t be ready to clip from for at least 6-8 weeks but I figure it’s worth the wait. Bets are on as to how long this fad will last… I can never get plants to last for longer than a few weeks.
Here is the precious seedling in all it’s glory!

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And here it is repotted.. I’m not sure if I did that right. I bought potting mix.. Put it into a pot then added the plant. Pressed it all down and watered it. I wanted to make one of those cute little signs but realized that I only have one herb to choose from.

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So I’ll keep my little plant going hopefully and will keep track of its progress. Wish me luck.

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