At the risk of sounding like a complete skinflint I’d like to moan and groan about cocktail prices in restaurants, bars and night clubs. Am I the only one who thinks they are hideously overpriced?!
The cheapest cocktail I’ve come across was £4, which was served in a teeny-weeny glass, to a ludicrous £15 at an upmarket restaurant.
Just as an example I will tally up this drink.
30p a lemon. ½ a lemon = 15p
sugar = 5p
£1 for 1.5 litres of ginger beer. 250ml = 17p
7cl bottle of Gordon’s for £13.30ml = 56p
Total = 93p
So what exactly are we paying for? The experience, the dishwasher, music and let’s not forget the all-important bartender. He’d better be Robert Pattinson-cute plus show off his biceps in a tight shirt if we are to pay the restaurant 300% in profits. These establishments are notorious for committing daylight robbery in the alcohol/drinks department. It’s a wonder why the public hasn’t spoken up yet!
If I still haven’t convinced you to prepare your own cocktail, at least order it without ice to get the most bang for your buck. For the converts, get creative with your cocktails and enjoy yourself at home, it’s dangerous to drink and drive anyway.
Ginger Beer & Gin Cocktail
Preparation: 5 mins – Cooking: none
- 2 parts gin, e.g. Gordon’s
- juice of half a lemon
- 5ml (1 tsp) caster sugar
- ginger beer
- ice cubes
- orange slice to garnish
- mint leaves to garnish
- Place the gin, lemon juice and sugar in a glass and stir. Add the ice cubes and top off with ginger beer. Stir gently and serve immediately.
If you are lucky enough to own a cocktail shaker then shake the gin, sugar and lemon juice with some of the ice, strain into the glass and top off with ginger beer. Stir gently and serve.
- Just multiply the ingredients according to how many people you serve.
- Old Jamaica Ginger Beer is my favourite!