Festive pear & rosemary cocktail

pear_rosemary_coktailI am a big fan of cocktails and especially like drinking them on festive occasions such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve. They usually look pretty and they add a little extra to a party, especially when they are homemade. This pear and rosemary cocktail is not too difficult to make if you have the right equipment.

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The recipe is as follows:

  • 50 ml Vodka
  • 25 ml pear puree
  • 10 ml simple syrup
  • 10 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Gently muddle the rosemary sprigs in the base of a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

I personally love the interesting herby flavour the rosemary adds. And this cocktail is not too sweet, so it suits (almost) all tastes.

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Condé Nast International Hackathon 2014

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In the weekend of 22 – 23 November I participated in my first ever hackathon. Yes that’s right hackathon. For the people who have no clue at all what that entails and might be thinking that hacking is all about stealing nude photos of celebrities, a hackaton is an event that generally lasts 24 hours where developers come together to work intensively on software projects. You’re right, It probably can’t get any more geeky than that, but my first hackathon was organised by Condé Nast International (the big publishing firm that publishes amongst others, Vogue, Wired, Tatler and GQ). So a it was bit more glamorous than the average hackathon 😉 This video was made during the event and shows quite accurately what happened:

The whole weekend was a fantastic experience and I would recommend anyone who’s interested in developing or designing software to participate in a hackathon at least once in your life. I was really surprised by how much you can achieve in just 24 hours (including sleep, yes I know, I cheated..). Everyone was extremely motivated, which really inspired me. It is really cool to be working with people from different developing backgrounds and I certainly learned a lot from my teammates. Even though we only just met, our group became quite close and our hard work definitely paid of because we won the third prize! So that means I’ll receive a year’s subscription to one of the fabulous Condé Nast magazines 😀

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