Celebrity square meals #44: 'Turkish Delight Martini' by Maria Grachvogel, fashion designer

Serves two
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OK, this isn't a meal as such, but it is something I invented as a rather lovely pre- or after-dinner drink.

OK, this isn't a meal as such, but it is something I invented as a rather lovely pre- or after-dinner drink.

We have a cocktail bar at home, and I often play around there, devising new creations. It's a hobby, I suppose, like cooking but more fun. And the results make for a nice touch when friends come around in the evening. It's so much more personal than serving, say, champagne.

In fact I have a mini-bar at the shop, and we've been known to make drinks for clients - at an appropriate time of the day, of course.

I came up with this one after a holiday in the South of France. I always look out for local bottles when we're away, and this time I found a rose liqueur. I loved the idea of it - a Turkish Delight martini.

100ml vodka
4tbsp rose liqueur (the main ingredient in Turkish Delight is rose water)
100ml cranberry juice
1 cup of ice

First, chill your martini glasses by filling them with crushed ice - my fridge makes it, which is great, but you can always whizz up some ice cubes in a food processor. It's easier that way than with one of those hand-crank machines.

Next, put all the liquid into a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake. Now empty the ice from the glasses and strain the mixture into them. It's as easy as that.

You'll want a very clean-tasting vodka for this drink. Grey Goose, distilled in Cognac in France, is my favourite at the moment.

Maria Grachvogel is at 162 Sloane St, London SW1 (020-7245 9331).

Maria supports Fashion Targets Breast Cancer; to make donations or buy a T-shirt, call 0870 750 7027

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