Life can be a Dream
The Beloved and I became civil partners in 2006. We were amongst the first people to do so, within a few months of the law changing. Because it was such a new thing, there were no established conventions or traditions for what should happen at such a celebration. In many ways, it was nice to build our day from scratch. We kept the invitation list short, just immediate family, and treated everyone to lunch afterwards. Obviously, it was important to us to serve an aperitif before lunch, but what to have? Both sherry and Champagne seemed more formal than the atmosphere we wanted to create for our day. I can't remember which of us first suggested the Dream cocktail, but as soon as it was mentioned we both knew it was the perfect aperitif for us.
15ml Cointreau or Triple Sec
15ml grapefruit juice
Stir the first three ingredients together in a mixing glass full of ice. Half fill a Champagne flute with the mixture, then top up with chilled Champagne.
We have been civil partners now for over 14 years. We regularly serve a dream cocktail before summer dinners and usually make one or two to celebrate our anniversary. It holds a very special place in our heart.
|Dedicated to the memory of my late mother-in-law, Jean Mather,
who welcomed me into her family and gave me her son to love.
Rest well, Mam.
Next Time: exploring rum