I have never liked the use of the word "foodie". I've dabbled for a while with being a gourmet, a gourmand or simply a food-lover. But none of these terms quite sat right with me, until I rediscovered the phrase "Bon Vivant". It was a lightbulb moment in my head and its suitability was further reinforced when I was asked by RTÉ food to participate in their Summer Series of guest posts. One of the suggested topics was "Summer Cocktails & Drinks" which I grabbed onto like a drinker at last orders time.
The following is a re-publication of the article, which first appeared on RTÉ Food.