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As Cocktails and Cinquains looms around the corner, eager staff members Tanica and Georgie wait on tip toes in front of the doors of Space One. Inspired, they thought they’d create a boisterous beverage and a punchy poem!

Cocktail: an alcoholic (or none, why not have a mocktail) drink consisting of a spirit or spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice or cream.

Cinquain: a class of poetic forms that employ a 5-line pattern.

Cocktail glass with two half of a grapefruit and cocktail equipment. Lit by blue, orange and pink light.

Tanica’s Cocktail: Pink Grapefruit and Thai Basil Margarita 

Inspired by upcoming event Cocktails and Cinquains, I, a cocktail connoisseur (meaning I created slightly decent cocktails during lockdown and spent a month or so working behind a cocktail bar many years ago) and poet extraordinaire Georgie Brooke thought we’d have a go at it ourselves!

And obviously, I had to create a Margarita. Classic, Magical, sharp, my go-to, with a twist.

Ingredients include: 

50ml Tequila

25ml Cointreau

Thai Basil

40ml Grapefruit (freshly squeezed)

Teaspoon of Agave


My work is done!

Tanica Powell

Georgie’s Cinquains: Pink Grapefruit and Thai Basil Margarita 

After scouring 3 different bars with little success, I ended up just having to imagine a grapefruit and Thai basil cocktail. I wrote this cinquain (which, to be honest, I have no idea how to pronounce; sinquin? chinqain?) about the peachy green colours of the cocktailand about how the grapefruit pith and basil colour the drink with peaches and greensalmost a like icy forest and sky the cocktail existing as it’s own little Eden-like world . The poem also thinks about the sensation of something being sour and so icy it puckers your cheeks, but it also tastes kind of sharp and beautiful in a way that surprises you. Can I live inside this cocktail? Please? 

Five-line poem:


Leaves iced in lime;               

A perfectly round garden.         

As I sip paradise puckers      

my cheeks.


Georgie Brooke

The real thing

Now you have a taste (albeit a sour one!) for Cocktails and Cinquains, why not join wordsmith extraordinaire’s Rory Aaron and Keisha Thompson, along with special guest poet Toria Garbutt on Friday 26 November for the real thing? Featuring Cherry Bakewell as one of the cocktails! Book your tickets here.