Time for a Tipple

One of my naughty escapes this month was a cheeky early-evening dash to a friend’s house, where I was introduced to a cocktail so magical, that it sparkles. Literally!

This little beauty is a tad more extravagant than my usual mixes, but well worth it if you fancy wowing your guests. And a big thank you to Jacqui, who certainly wowed me!

Rive Sud with Sparkles
Recipe* (Serves 1)
  • 2 fingers of any good gin
  • 1 finger of fresh lime juice
  • 1 finger of lavender syrup (heavenly stuff!)
  • A tiny pinch of green “luster dust” (New to me too! It’s edible sparkles, and you can buy it on Amazon.)
  • 2 fingers of champagne, prosecco or cava
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint leaf, to garnish
  1. Plop some crushed ice into the bottom of your champagne saucer and pour over the gin.
  2. Squeeze in the lime.
  3. Glug in the lime juice and lavender syrup.
  4. Sprinkle in the magic pixie dust, and give everything a good stir.
  5. Top up – gently – with the champagne etc (It fizzes! Sometimes quite a lot!)

A cocktail so full of magic it sparkles!


a blue ship's door with the sign "F.K. BELLE MARLOWE"

F.K. Marlowe is a Shropshire lass who lived in London and Beijing before settling down with her husband, three daughters and rescue pup in Vancouver. She writes horror stories with a tendency to the paranormal, and Young Adult fiction with fangs and sass.

Marlowe doesn’t worry overly much about the placement of semi-colons and the like, having spent far too long pootling about in academia to take them seriously. (She has an Oxford first in English Lit, plus a Master’s and PhD from Leeds). She has, however, discovered that life is the best education for a writer, and plans to continue her studies there as long as possible.


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