I love people who greet you at their door, or a few metres in, with a house cocktail. I just love them. I mean, first of all, BOOZE!, but also, a house cocktail? It’s bound to be thoughtful and crafted with care or why bother. They could have done what I normally do and serve cava or jump right into the crate of dinner wines. Instead, after preparing some nice food, cleaning their house, putting their cat in bedroom jail so I might live past my first hour in their home, they’ve thought of another way to make the visit more enjoyable, memorable, delicious and all-around thoughtful.

I aspire to be more like them. Cocktails have never been my forte but after much practice, I have a few classics under my belt and I’ve even branched out to putting my own spin on one or two. I have a very small collection of bitters and a selection of liquor beyond simply gin and vermouth, so I can make other people’s go-to cocktail and not just mine: a martini. Because even though my deserted island drink is a bottle of Sancerre rouge, tough as red wine might be to drink under the blazing sun of said island, I know that certain occasions call for a cocktail. And a tipple is nothing without a nibble. Tipsy people will eat you out of house and home, they call them apéritifs for a reason. Some simple, straightforward drinks and bites that might come in handy when the joyful occasions warrant, are in “TIPPLE”, ISSUE 009 of Le Sauce Magazine!

Find all of the recipes published in this issue here.