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Tuesday 3 January 2012

The boy and his poison: The Mid-Morning Reviver

I'm a secret Radio 4 junkie. From the abrupt early morning alarm call of the Today programme to settling down to lunch with the Archers, my daily eight hour habit has been a fantastic way to preserve my sanity between between breakfast and cocktail hour for the last few years.

The 10am ritual of Woman's Hour with a quadruple espresso is pivotal to my working day and so when I discovered we were going to be on today (27 minutes in if you fancy a listen) I thought I'd honour the occasion with a bespoke cocktail. I couldn't resist gin (mainly due to the arsenal of bottles I'd inherited from Christmas) but I wanted something a bit special to set it apart, so I settled on the sophisticated taste of Aperol (if you can't get hold of any feel free to substitute it for Campari). A tangy spoonful of apricot jam later I'd hit on 'The Mid-Morning Reviver'. Shake in a jam-jar (far more fun than cocktail glasses) with ice and serve between ten and eleven if circumstances permit.

You'll Need:
  • 50ml Gin
  • 25ml Aperol (Campari should work just as well)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of apricot jam
  • A piece of orange peel
Then Shake:
  • Shake over ice
  • Strain and pour into a small coupe glass
  • Pinch the orange peel over the top of the glass to release the orange oil over the drink
Or my new favourite shaking method:
  • Fill a jam-jar with ice
  • Pour all the ingredients in and close the lid
  • Shake vigorously and remove the lid
  • Squeeze the orange peel over the top and drop a thin straw in the jar


  1. Was your thinking behind this cocktail "it's got jam in it, that's practically breakfast"?

  2. And fruit. Its virtually 1 of your five a day

  3. Get us with our January detox. We're super healthy.

  4. I will now adapt the jam jar shaking method. And gin and jam for breakfast. Excellent!


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