It’s holiday season and that means runs of classic holiday movies as well as getting caught up on some of my long-time TV favourites. One of my absolute favourite shows is “Absolutely Fabulous”. I’ve been a fan since Eddie and Patsy first stumbled into our living rooms in the early 90’s … Stoli, Cigs and Veuve in hand. After 6 years hiatus, Ab Fab has produced a Christmas special that aired on BBC Christmas day. Two other episodes are to follow. Canadian audiences can look forward to these shows crossing the Atlantic following UK airdates in January.
There has been much debate and discussion about how creators will keep the show current. Here is one suggestion. While Veuve Cliquot will always be in vogue, Vodka (like cranberry) is sooooo 90’s. Pomegranate is the new Cranberry and Rum may very well be the new Vodka. So, just in time for New Year’s Eve, I’ve come up with a Patsy and Eddie worthy cocktail: Diana-fied Crimson Tide
1 ½ oz. Havana Club Rum (or your favourite amber rum)
1 ½ oz. Pomegranate liqueur
2 oz. Cranberry juice
1/8 wedge of Lime (juiced)
Splash of any dry sparkling wine (Cava or Prosecco are excellent)
2 Sprigs of fresh Mint (one for garnish)
Pomegranate seeds (for garnish)
In a shaker combine ice, rum, pomegranate liqueur, cranberry juice, lime juice, and one sprig of fresh mint. Shake it “like a Polaroid picture” then strain and serve in either a martini glass or a champagne flute. Top up the glass with Prosecco, drop in a few pomegranate seeds for garnish and finish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Raise a glass, remembering to make firm eye contact as per the drinking instructions of Eddie and Patsy (“Eyes, darling, Eyes.”) and, as we three chicks say, “Happiness Darling”.
(Photos by Noelle Jenkinson)