If you're lucky enough to live to 100, the years between 50 & 75 are your third quarter. That segment in life could be the waning of your physically agile years, so it's a good idea to stay active. It's also a good time to challenge your brain to keep things limber up there - by mastering something new. We decided to go sailing, and this is a chronicle of our journey.


A drink at the end of the day

Late October Sunset in the marina on s/v Florian
Up to now, our blog posts have focused on what some may call the less-than-exciting topics of boat acquisition; cleaning, trouble shooting, upgrading, etc.  Even though we're still having fun with these projects, in the interest of our friends & family who aren't boaters, and to those who would probably choose to walk barefoot on hot coals rather than, say, repair a boat toilet, or swab the decks, we're going to throw in some subjects that speak universal languages. Like cocktails. :)

This is one of our favorite drinks, by Douglas Ankra,
called a Jadoo, which is the Hindi word for "magic".
Sundowner, in colloquial British English, is an alcoholic drink enjoyed after completing the day's work, usually at sundown. (It's also the name of a particular drink recipe, but I'll save that for another post.) In boating, a sundowner is pretty much any sort of cocktail, sipped casually on board, as the sun goes down. Here's one of our favorite drinks - a cousin to the gin & tonic, but a little sassier.

Here is the recipe snapped directly from our favorite bar book.
We used New Amsterdam gin, and simple syrup, with lots of fresh Kentucky Colonel mint (mentha spicata) that we grow in a pot for just such occasions.  Keep the skins on the lime as you muddle it with the mint. The fragrance is outdoorsy fresh and green, and your galley will smell heavenly.

Our favorite bar book, by the founder of the London Academy of Bartending - Douglas Ankrah: Shaken and Stirred.


Neophyte Cruiser said...

Any recommendation regarding the preferred type of lime to be used (key lime or other)? Sounds like a great receipe we'll have to try in Mexico!

Belinda Del Pesco said...

Hi Peter, if you can get them, choose big, juicy persian limes, since they're more fragrant and have a "spicy" aroma. This is usually what you'll find in the produce section of your local grocer. The key limes will work, if you can't find regular persian limes, but they have a higher acid content, and they're less sweet, and sometimes a little bitter. Good luck and enjoy!