As regular readers will know,
once a month I join with a group of international bloggers to chat about a given topic.
And on this very last month of the year,
the very gorgeous topic is Christmas Cocktails.
Which sounds like a rather fabulous notion;
quite the perfect style of entertaining for this busy time of year.
As it is early summer,
thoughts of cocktails conjure images of languid afternoons
in a beautiful garden,
perhaps on a terrace scented with old fashioned roses,
perhaps with a jazz band strumming on the steps.
Where could possibly be more perfect a setting
than in the gardens of Rippon Lea,
the National Trust listed late Victorian mansion
here in Melbourne,
because it has a 1930s swimming pool surrounded by rose terraces,
itself cocooned by the most romantic garden laid out in Picturesque style …
So if I were to plan a little Christmas Cocktail soirée here,
I’m thinking things would fall into place rather happily…
Guests would arrive in linen suits and sequinned summer gowns,
perhaps with shady hats for the summer sun.
They would need clothes suitable for romantic strolling,
perhaps across the water lily bridge…
And then perhaps, to explore the shady Fernery,
one of those delicious Victorian notions,
quite made for stolen kisses…
But the glamour of the party would lure them back to the pool terrace,
where the jazz band is playing and cocktails are being served….
We’ll be needing some cooling cocktails,
something fruity, like this Herbie Hancock made with watermelon,
and something chilled, like the iced Yuletide, made with sherry and Benedictine.
And what shall we nibble, in this garden setting?
Decadent things, little morsels which celebrate the magic of summer and the magic of Christmas:
grilled coconut prawns, little brioche filled with smoked salmon,
raspberries, that quintessential summer Christmas fruit: plump lush cherries,
and passionfruit ice-cream perhaps….
And as the last guests stroll down the shady avenue,
looking back at the beautiful mansion of Rippon Lea once last time,
they shall remember what a beautiful summer’s afternoon they have had,
in this very perfect setting for Christmas Cocktails, summer style.
To see how the rest of the By Invitation Only bloggers
interpreted this delightful topic,
jump across to the always elegant Splenderosa blog to find the links.