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Friday Drinks – The Woog Cocktail

by Mr Romance on April 18, 2014 · 3 comments

in Food & Drink

Mr and Mrs Romance Friday Drinks - The Woog Cocktail

Far be it for us to pigeonhole people, Mrs Romance and I have decided to name a few cocktails we’ve made recently after some of our close blogging friends.

Mrs Woog hardly needs an introduction, she is a force in the Australian blogging community. Never beige, Mrs Woog doesn’t shy away from controversial issues but she really excels at ‘making the most out of the mundane’.

You can find her posting almost every day on her blog Woogsworld, taking the world to task on many an issue and making us all laugh along the way.

Mr and Mrs Romance Friday Drinks - The Woog Cocktail

Mr and Mrs Romance Friday Drinks - The Woog Cocktail

We think this well-balanced, forcible number was perfectly positioned to be The Woog; sharp yet sweet, fizzy and refreshing, The Woog is a clever mix of vodka, Chambord, bitters and Limonata – from a can, of course!

When we first made this, we both announced ‘holy shit, this is pretty fucking good!’ Profanities also in keeping with the drink’s namesake.

The Woog Cocktail

Mr and Mrs Romance Friday Drinks - The Woog Cocktail

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 measure vodka – we used Grey Goose but any good quality vodka will do
  • ½ measure Chambord, crème de mure or framboise liqueur
  • A couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • A can of San Pellegrino Limonata or other fizzy bitter lemon drink
  • Mason jar
  • Ice
  • Blackberries for garnish – we used frozen berries as they’re out of season at the moment!

Mr and Mrs Romance Friday Drinks - The Woog Cocktail Mr and Mrs Romance Friday Drinks - The Woog Cocktail

Here’s what you do:

  1. Pour the vodka and Chambord over ice into the Mason jar.
  2. Top up with Limonata.
  3. Add the bitters and stir together.
  4. Skewer two blackberries and balance the stick across the glass, and drop in a funky straw for good measure.

Mr and Mrs Romance Friday Drinks - The Woog Cocktail

This cocktail is perfect for getting the party started or a great cooler for a hot summer’s day.

What drink sums you up? Tell us in the comments!

Images by Mrs Romance.

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Mr and Mrs Romance - Aperitivo hour Milan
Italians are famed for their hospitality, but there is no better example of this than aperitivo hour in Milan.

Go to any bar in the nation’s fashion capital at around 6 or 7pm and you’ll be welcomed by a wonderful sight. We discovered it completely by accident when we were looking for a place for dinner on our first visit to Milan.

We’d sat down in Pandenus – a little bar on Via Tadino – for a spritz Aperol or two when we spotted the wide array of comestibles set out along the bar. Patrons were going up and helping themselves to a delicious and endless supply of olives, cheese, house-made pizzas, cous cous salads, frittatas, crudités and more.

We were totally confused by the setup and were busy daring each other to go and grab something when a waitress came up and explained the situation.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Aperitivo hour in Milan Mr and Mrs Romance - Aperitivo buffet in Milan Mr and Mrs Romance - bar buffet in Milan

As long as you’ve bought a drink (it doesn’t even have to be alcoholic), you’re more than welcome to go up, grab a plate and chow down. We watched amazed as the kitchen cooked up, cut up and served pizza after pizza, replenished the platters of antipasto and refilled the dips. We were astounded. And it was all delicious.

It turns out plenty of places in Milan do this to varying levels; it might be just olives and a bit of cheese or – as with Pandenus – a full spread. A lot of other places in Italy do this too – especially in the north, but it’s the Milanese who have really mastered this gastronomic stroke of genius.

Mr and Mrs Romance - the aperitivo hour buffet in Milan Mr and Mrs Romance - pizza buffet in Milan

Established to encourage the appetite before dinner, the Milanese traditionally have a drink before dinner: an aperitivo. The complimentary snacks that they eat with their drink are called stuzzichini or appetisers. This ‘aperitivo hour’ – similar to our happy hour only food based – usually goes from 6 or 7pm until about 9pm. Or until people stop eating.

We found we weren’t really hungry for dinner by the time we left Pandenus, but we left with the feeling we’d happened upon one of those local secrets that make travelling so much fun.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Cin Cin - aperitivo hour Milan

Have you ever experienced aperitivo hour? What’s the best local secret you’ve discovered whilst travelling?

Images by Mrs Romance.

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