Remember when I so bravely resolved to drink more cocktails this year?
I'm not doing so well.
I've fallen into a cocktail rut: a delicious one! The sazerac! The sazerac is a lovely whiskey drink with a whiff of licorice, a touch of orange, and a lot of personality. If you haven't had one yet, you must. You can try it at home using this recipe, although I'd decrease the simple syrup.
And if you don't know how to make simple syrup, it's easy: Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil; simmer for about 3 minutes until sugar is dissolved. If it darkens you can still use it but it will be sweeter (the sugar has inverted). By the way simple syrup may be stored at room temperature almost indefinitely because the water content is too low for bacteria to grow in the syrup.
Besides sazeracs and the occasional fancy-pants cocktail from Coquette, I've tried two cocktails you may be interested in:
1. The sake martini from La Thai.
I don't have an ingredient list, but here's my closest approximation:
3 slices cucumber, muddled well (pitch the seeds)
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
2 ounces gin
3 ounces sake
Shake it up!
2. As promised, an absinthe cocktail. My favorite was the simplest: a champagne cocktail. Use a light spumante and pour a glass; top with absinthe (about 3:1 ratio). It's light green and tasty but be warned - it's strong.
Wow, that's pretty lame. I'll work on some new drinks for the future!
Happy Friday tomorrow!