In my role as roving reporter for Star Radio’s Food and Drink show I recently interviewed the lovely Aoife Maxwell, one half of the food blog Gastronmic Girls to find out how to make a thrifty cocktail. Aoife’s Twitter bio also describes her as Scientist, food obsessive, wine lover and a friend of gin! Yes she’s a real life Scientist and also gives cocktail masterclass to the Cambridge Food and Wine Society. As if that wasn’t enough she’s also an forager extraordinaire and enjoys creating her own flavoured spirits and syrups which she uses to create the most divine homemade cocktails.
Aoife is such an interesting person I could have spent hours just chatting to her whilst sampling a cocktail or two ! However, I got a hold of myself and set about enquiring how the whole foraging thing led to making cocktails. Aoife explained she first foraged in the Irish countryside with her late grandmother and that reigniting that tradition helps her feel close to her. So whether it’s an abundance of over ripe fruit in the local market or interesting fruits and herbs she finds on her allotment Aoife infuses them to use in a cocktail creation.
Creating these wonderful syrups and spirits has enabled Aoife to buy less expensive spirits and mix them with her delicious homemade syrups. Do take a moment to listen to the full interview on Star Radio’s Food and Drink show here. Aoife really inspired me to make some cocktails at home bar my regular gin and tonic which I don’t think really counts as a homemade cocktail?! For the full recipe and lots more check out Aoife’s blog, Gastronomic Girls