Cocktails, creativity and free cake

As Sunday draws slowly to a close, with dinner preparations ahead, followed by curling up on the sofa, it’s time to write about the second half of the weekend.  This began with a 1920s themed cocktail party, to ‘pre-celebrate’ a forthcoming wedding of some friends.  No hen night or stag do, but a civilised gathering with good food and drinks.

My two favourite drinks of the night were the Gin Rickey and a Ginger Cosmo.  The former is so simple and makes a change from the usual gin and tonic. The one I had was bursting with lime, and so was almost healthy – you could almost feel the vitamins.  For this you need: ice, 1/2 lime, juiced with rind, 1 1/2 to 2 ounces gin, soda water.  In a tall glass filled with ice, squeeze in the lime, then throw the lime half into the glass.  Add the gin, top with soda, stir and serve.  My phone was in the other room, so I missed the chance of a photo, but here’s a G&T made with Bombay Sapphire gin and East Imperial tonic.

IMG_5243 A gin and tonic, not a gin rickey

As a consequence, Sunday began rather slowly, despite (or because of?) all the citrus and ginger digested the night before.  Still, I had a massage booked in the early afternoon, which I followed with a stop at Poquito’s for the best honey, lemon and ginger in town (not made with syrup but with real lemon, real ginger and honey – see the recurrent theme here?). Not only that, I got a free cake, topped with blueberries.


Honey, lemon and ginger – just the thing for a day that began with hailstones




A free blueberry friand!

Well fed, I headed over to the St James Theatre for a forum discussion about the forthcoming Royal New Zealand Ballet production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  The panel were introduced by the Artistic Director, Francesco Ventriglia and the discussion questions posed by Amanda Skoog, the Managing Director.  The choreographer, Liam Scarlett, ex Royal Ballet dancer and now their Artist in Residence, gave an interesting insight into his inspiration and creative process, particularly the give and take between choreographer and dancer.  Designer Tracy Grant Lord discussed her process of working with the choreographer and the musical director, Nigel Gaynor, talked about how he augmented Mendelssohn’s original score with other works from the composer to make a full, two act ballet.  We also got to get a close up of one of the costumes – fascinating to see all the parts, hooks and eyes, and buttons.  I’m looking forward to seeing the production up in Auckland in September.

Anyway, after a great weekend of all sorts of excellent things, I feel I can face the week ahead.


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