It was a crazy week. I’ve had my share of ups and downs. By Friday evening I was tired and worn out. What I had really envisioned for my Friday night in, was to make myself a great meal, have a glass of wine and watch ‘mixology’ or ‘the 100’ under a warm blanket. I’d say ‘sit by the fire’ in a bid to sound more poetic or moving but I have no fireplace YET. When I got to my house, it was like the walls were closing in on me. I need some excitement. Some release. A simple sleepover with my pals or hanging out for an hour or two would do. We all have that friend on speed dial. That friend who you call when things go south or when you have a crisis like mine. Cate picked up the phone and said that she was bored too. And because misery loves company, I smiled when I heard that and we met in order to machinate a random plan.
Ever since my campus hey days, my desire to go for a night out in town has diminished considerably. I think we shook it all back then. Now I’m all for a good conversation, a good drink and great company. Call it growing up or growing old. We decided to go to a place in Thika Road so that we would be home early. Plus we didn’t feel the need to go to a place where kids would be yelling TGIF and listening to whatever music is in this season. We went to Saape Lounge to meet some friends then headed to 'the local'
I went home with cans of Snapp and I didn’t know what to do with them. On Saturday afternoon, I had a friend over and I decided to make us Snapp Cocktails. This was interesting because Snapp is already an apple cocktail and it was like making a cocktail out of a cocktail. I intended to make a fruity drink. The drink had to be potent enough to be a sipping drink and that’s where the vodka came in. The tree tomato fruit (Tamarillo was great because it added a lot of flavor, colour, plus it is nutritious). We called it the blood fruit when we were younger because of its characteristic deep red juice.
2oz Snapp Apple
I part Maya Green Apple Vodka
The juice of 6-8 tamarillos (With or without seeds)
Apple wedges for garnish
Use the back of a spoon to gently push the tamarillo puree through a large fine sieve into a container Set aside. Put the first three ingredients in a mixing glass, stir with a bar spoon. Fill a glass with ice (It’s up to you whether you want to use a highball, a Collins glass, etc.). Pour the mixture on the ice. Garnish with an apple wedge, straws etc.
It was a splendid drink for an afternoon. It was very fruity and fresh. I skipped the ice because it was a chilly day. You can get Maya Vodka in Chandarana Supermarket and Tamarillo at the fruit vendors. I got the inspiration for this recipe here.