I've always had a dream of having a well-stocked liquor cabinet. It's really been more of an idea (unlike my actual dream of having a closet with 50 pairs of TOMS... 3/50... almost there). I envision having people over and mixing up fun and interesting drinks. This probably started about 2 years ago when my beloved beer began giving me an allergic reaction... Good-bye beer journal and all of the yummy microbrews with artsy labels I tasted around the country with fun friends - writing about funny times with each entry. Moving to Chicago has only deepened this desire - every restaurant has cool drinks that are too expensive to try! And so, the Jack of Spades did me a solid this week - "New Cocktail Every Day".
I actually groaned a little when I pulled the card. This was my first week back to school and I wasn't looking to go on any benders. I don't drink every day, either. Not even a glass of wine! So I asked myself - why did you write EVERY DAY!? Couldn't you have just said one or two? But I didn't. And in week two I'm all about keeping these goals... so here goes...
My sweet Western Slope Mama gave me this recipe.
Mountain Dew, Spiced Rum, Orange Juice
She didn't provide any measurements so I winged it. I don't have any cute cocktail glasses so I used one of my favorite every day glasses and added a spunky straw. This was totally yummy.
"Esky's Hot Spot"
Chicago's been cold this week so I googled "winter cocktails". Esquire magazine had quite the list and I added a few of theirs to mine to try.
2oz Irish Whiskey
1 sugar cube
4oz hot water
Um, no thank you Esquire. The drink was only good cause it was warm. Otherwise I took about two sips and dumped the rest. No fear, dear friends, I won't be making this for you.
2oz dark rum
1oz lime juice
1tsp maple syrup
Better than good.
|1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey||1 ounce lemon juice|
|1/2 ounce sugar syrup||Club soda|
|Maraschino cherry for garnish||Orange slice for garnish|
"Moscow Hot Chocolate"
Another day, another classy/classless cocktail glass. I actually love this mug (An octopus is my Spirit Animal). And I loved the drink I put in it! As a fan of the Moscow Mule (I was actually gifted a copper mug this Christmas!), when I stumbled upon "Moscow Hot Chocolate" I knew I had to try it!
1oz vanilla flavored vodka (I didn't splurge, so I just added a little vanilla extract)
3/4oz amaretto liquor
4oz hot milk (I use vanilla unsweetened almond milk)
1TBSP instant hot chocolate mix
This tasty bev warmed me right up for my chilly evening walk with Isis around the neighborhood.
"Scotch and Lime"
3oz blended Scotch whisky
1/2oz lime juice
3/4oz fresh lemon juice
3/4oz honey simple syrup
And there you have it. New Cocktail Every Day is complete!
What are some of your favorites?