Geek and Tonic – Being an amateur mixologist and full-time geek.

When people ask me why I love cocktails and alcohol in general, they usually give me a peculiar look when I try and explain that it is a hobby for me. Its the sort of look where you can just see that at least 60% of them is thinking ‘Oh it’s such a shame, and she had such a promising future’.

The problem is that often when you’re my age – 24 – and you spend any significant amount of time discussing what new drinks you’ve tried, or what cocktail recipes you’ve created, people start rolling their eyes and assuming you have a ‘problem’. If I was drinking 2 bottles of wine every night, sure, I might agree with them, but that’s not how I generally do things. My typical evening is coming home from work, putting on my jammies, turning my Xbox on and opening my Bible – a small, faux-leather bound book that has 1000(!) drinks recipes that cover everything from cocktails, shots, mocktails and pretty much everything in between. It also has a surprising amount of general information, such as the history of certain drinks and a conversion table for fluid units. Pretty neat, right?

One of the main reasons why I started this blog was to show how fun cocktails can be without the lets-get-trashed mentality that often comes with it. The idea actually came from my mother-in-law who, whilst she doesn’t drink herself, spent a good 10 minutes listening to me and my partner describe our favourite cocktail creation – the Rhubarb and Custard. She asked if I had considered writing a blog and until then, I hadn’t. Since then it’s been another thing entirely. I don’t want to bore people too much so early on, so I think a sufficient TL;DR for what I intend to do with this blog is:

Make Cocktails, Get Geek On.

I will give some credit to the people that roll their eyes at me as they’re at least partially correct, I do have a problem – i’ve ran out of space on my bar.

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