Discerning Drinking, Chapter Fourteen.


Originally posted 13th August 2012

I am so, so sorry.

Previously on TFT I was gushing about the Olympics; for all the good they have brought Great Britain, London and life in general (more on that very soon) had inspired me – as part of the ‘Generation’ – to get off my well-endowed arse and run a half marathon.

Since then, I have discovered that the sixth place my company had in the marathon – my place – was and always had been filled by someone who has already started to train for the event.  Seeing as the only ‘training’ I had managed to complete was a trip to Lillywhites for shorts and jogging bottoms I decided to selflessly give away my place to this other – and let’s face it – far more dedicated individual.

I do want to reassure the concerned masses however that I am still enjoying a renewed focus on fitness; and even completed a 3-mile run on Saturday.  Proud much?

Today though, there is little time for running or shopping for running stuff as, as you may be aware, the London Olympic Games are sadly coming to an end.  There is no denying that the last two weeks have seriously opened my eyes to a city and nation overflowing with renewed opportunity, pride and positivity, even stretching as far to my embracement of sporty stuff, inspired by Team GB, who seem to attract gold medals like candles attract moths.

A celebration is needed; and way we celebrate at that very special and private member’s only bar, Carmine’s at Limehouse, is with a cocktail or three.

So in celebration of the dearly departed games and a resurging aura of fitness, I will take a bottle of Powerade and turn it into a… martini!  How can this fail?


  • 1.5 Shots Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 0.5 Shot Bols Blue Curaçao
  • 0.5 Shot Kwai Feh Lychee Liqueur
  • 2.5 Shots Powerade Berry & Tropical flavour (‘Blue’)
  • Dash of sugar syrup

Shake everything over ice and fine strain into a chilled martini glass.  Simples!

A local price war between Tesco and Lidl inspired me to risk a bottle of blue thunder for the sake of the Powertini.  It paid off, as this cocktail was surprisingly very nice; a fine balance between the fruit twist of Kwai Feh, orange and the flavour of Powerade with a dulling-yet-refreshing ‘cool burn’ of gin and yup, you guessed it; Powerade again.

Whether this drink catches on remains to be seen; but it’s a bit of a novelty- and like the London Olympics, it’s fun, fantastic and original.  And now that I have churlishly compared the Greatest Games Ever to a bright blue cocktail made with a dodgy sports drink, I’m going to go to bed and try to get my head together…

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