Yakov Special

An intriguing cocktail to mark the launch of Equinox, a Cold War thriller. It's the fourth and final part to a seasonal quartet I've been working on.

Yakov is the resourceful caretaker, a man with a past. One of his fortes was acquired behind enemy lines during the war. I shall say no more.

So, this is vodka-based martini-style concoction.


Ingredients:
A measure of vodka
Juice of a fresh lime
Measure of dry martini
Half a teaspoon of a decent apricot conserve.

Muddle the ingredients with a mass of ice, and there you have it.

Na zdorovie.

I've just realised the photo looks like a shot of a Soviet rocket mid-flight. Appropriate.



PS There's a sneaky reference in the story. You'll be glad to know there's no phosphorus in this version.

By Pamela Kelt

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