Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Bargain Booze in Bodrum
If you're looking for a cheap drink in Bodrum, all you need is a time machine. Whizz back to the 1980s and have yourself a ball. There wasn't a lot of choice: two types of beer, (Efes and Tuborg), rakı, votka, gin, brandy and garish fruit liqueurs but there was lots of it and it was amazingly cheap. Foreign spirits were only available in the duty-free shops and the Turkish gin and brandy more akin to paint stripper so we made the most of Turkish vodka. It was great injected into fruit and made getting your five a day much more entertaining, not that we knew we were meant to have five a day then. We also kept bottles of lemon and strawberry vodka in the freezer. One third juice, one half vodka, topped up with sugar and left to mature for a week or two. It's surprising those of us who lived here then have any livers or brain cells left. I've been tidying up my store-room and came across a set of beautiful crystal cocktail glasses and a shaker. I think my husband bought the glasses in Portobello market over 30 years ago. As I washed them I realised that we probably won't ever use them for their proper purpose again, spirits are just too expensive here now. I also found some shot glasses. Luckily they are the right size for tea light candles so at least they will be useful. My drinking days may be over, but my daughter's generation have their own drinking recipes. I'm told that their version of my fruit vodka is to put a Mars Bar into a bottle of vodka and put it in the dishwasher on full cycle, to make an alcoholic chocolate drink. Says it all really, doesn't it.
I haven't mentioned wine. That deserves a post of its own.