With thoughts turning to love on February 14 I've been thinking about what to get my other half to celebrate Valentine's Day. I want something that shows how much I love him and appreciate everything he does for me. Trouble is, I've just started a new business and have precious little spare funds.
I remembered when we first got together I took it upon myself to make him a packed lunch to take to work. He came home and said "I realised today that you really love me". I was a bit stumped, I didn't remember doing anything that stood out as a grand display of affection.
Then he explained. I had put a boiled egg in his packed lunch, mainly as a joke as he loves them but had said you can't have one in a lunchbox as the smell is too annoying for your work mates. Ever the practical, I had put some salt in a twist of baking paper. He remembered telling me he couldn't eat a boiled egg without salt. So to him, that little twist of salt showed him how much I loved him.
That has always stayed with me. I too prefer a thoughtful present or gesture to an expensive gift, something that shows the other person knows you and what you like.
So today I am creating a cocktail just for my other half based on the things he likes to drink. He likes white rum, especially in a mojito. He also loves my Blackberry Vinegar, so this twist on the classic mojito is especially for him.
Bramble vs. Mojito
1 tbsp (15ml) Yaffle House Blackberry Vinegar
2 shots (50ml) white rum
Blackberries or lime to garnish
Crush a wedge of lime with a handful of mint leaves and the Blackberry Vinegar in a tumbler
Add the rum and stir well
Top with crushed ice
Fill to the top with soda water
Garnish with a slice of lime or a few blackberries