Sshhhhh…. There are currently still people asleep in our house which I consider an amazing feat in itself considering that all the children of the house have been up since well before 8am!
A good night was had by all however, and as well as over indulging in both food and drink (in a bit of an Eighties themed extravaganza), once we had heralded in the New Year (out on the street with the neighbours and a lot of fireworks) at the stroke of midnight, we partook in the German New Years tradition of BleigieBen… Once you have melted your shape and tipped it into cold water, you then read your fortune for the year ahead according to which new shape you end up with… My sister was determined that hers was an owl, for which we couldn’t find a fortune (answers on a postcard please!) it’s got to be good if it’s an owl though hasn’t it?
This the first day of a New Year will be spent relaxing I think, and whilst we don’t really do resolutions, it might include some contemplation of what the year ahead might bring. Following this lovely example, I will try to make my word of 2014 Positivity – and bear that in mind whatever chops and changes the year ahead might bring(!).
I will now attempt to rouse the sleeping masses with this concoction, which should cure them of any slight over-excessiveness they might be suffering from, but will most definitely wake them up… You can of course make it with vodka should you wish, but I think it’s equally nice with gin, but only use a good one! And don’t even think about making it without the Tabasco…
A New Year’s Bloody Mary
100ml good quality gin (or vodka)
2tsp Worcestershire sauce;
2tsp lemon juice;
Tabasco Sauce (to your taste. I put loads in!)
250mls good quality tomato juice
Salt & Pepper
Celery to garnish.
Put all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker (in our house a thermos flask serves equally well!!), then strain and pour equally into glasses and serve. Sit back and wait for signs of life and heaps of thanks (or not!)…
I hope you all had a guten rutsch and that New Year’s Eve was memorable for all the right reasons? Are some of your household members still asleep too? May 2014 contain what you hope for, and be happy and healthy to boot…