Author: The Crepes of Wrath
Prep time: 5 MINS
Cook time: 10 MINS
Total time: 15 MINS
Serves: 2 drinks + extra berries
Cinnamon and clove scented berries shaken with simple syrup, gin, and lemon juice.
For the Berries:
- 2 cups blackberries/blueberries/raspberries
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 whole cloves
For the Bramble:
- 6 ounces gin
- juice of 2 lemons
- 2 ounces simple syrup (from the berries or regular)
- club soda, to top it all off (or real get fancy and use prosecco)
- Place your berries in a small pot and add in the sugar, water, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then simmer for 8 minutes, until the berries have softened (but not disintegrated) and the sugar has dissolved. You will have extra if you’re not making drinks for a crowd, so these will keep well in their syrup for up to a week.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine your gin, lemon juice, and syrup. You can use some of the syrup from the berries, if you want a really fruity drink, or you can just use regular simple syrup. To make plain simple syrup, just boil 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water until the sugar dissolves. Easy!
- Add ice to the top and shake well, for at least 10 seconds. Use a strainer (so you don’t have any lemon pulp) to pour the cocktail into two ice filled glasses. Drop a spoonful or two of berries into the drink, drop with club soda, and add a straw. Allow your guests to stir the drink themselves; the pink looks really pretty when you serve it, almost ombre, and then it magically combines in your guests’ hands!
If you are looking for a great Indian place in downtown Montreal, I would definitely recommend two great places, Thali and Devi. Both places, I have been to with my mother and I have to admit that they have been aded to my list of favourite take out places.
Firstly I will start out with Devi a restaurant that is located on Crescent and St. Catherine street. When I walked into this restaurant I was immediately taken away by the decor. This place is stunning.
My mother and I shared a few dishes. We had paneer, a great eggplant dish, and butter chicken. Not to forget the very generous portions of naan they gave us. I had left overs for days after this meal.
Next off let me tell you about Thali. Thali is a litre gem of a restaurant that can barely fit in over 10 people BUT the food is so delicious and very affordable. As a student I must say that I have gotten taken out from there several times without making a serious dent in my small bank account. You can order wraps (the paneer wrap is amazing), combos (both vegetarian and non vegetarian) and a selection of other tasty dishes.
Also the restaurant has a great rating on urbanspoon:
Almost 90 percent of members are fans. Try it out!
Indian food is oh so yummy!
As a individual from Montreal I feel as if it is my duty to recommend several restaurants to my readers. This is my first recommendation post on my new blog. With the warm weather slowly *ahem* and I do mean very slowly approaching our city, it is still the time to appreciate good soup.
You can get great Pho Vietnamese soup on St. Catherine’s street right after passing St. Mathieu. There you will find a little inexpensive gem of a restaurant that simply hits the spot and satisfies your taste buds.
For all those that are interested here is the restaurants urban-spoon review.
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/67/1502099/restaurant/Downtown/Saigon-VIP-Montreal It states that over 80 % have voted that the restaurant is yummy. Not bad for an inexpensive restaurant in the expensive city of Montreal.
Below you will find a picture of their finest fresh shrimp and vegetable rolls. A great side dish to a nice warm soup.
2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
Serves 1 or 2
Cut the avocado in half. Scoop out the avocado with a small spoon, making the size of the whole big enough for the size of your egg. Crack an egg into both half’s of the avocado. Place the avocado on a cookie sheet. Crumple up your bacon slices evenly on both halves of the avocado. Heat up your oven to 425 degrees. Cook your avocado for approximately 15 minutes.
I have yet to try this recipe by myself but I have heard it is quite tasty. Once I get the chance to try it out, i’ll upload my experience. Avocado is yummy.