Keepin’ It Classy

14 Jan

Who says staying in can’t be fun? More often that not, I find myself wanting to stay in than go out. (At least in Boston; not so much the case in Miami) Talk to me in a few months, when I can walk home in 70 F weather, and my answer will be different. With so many young people hustling and bustling through this metropolitan city, it is of no surprise that finding a cab at 2 am is next to impossible. Even trying to beat the system and order an Uber is challenging given the mass demand for a cab in the wee hours of the night. Having left a reunion of friends a few weeks back an hour early to “beat the system”, I waited 45 minutes in frigid cold. Never again.

Since it is a big weekend in football, many people wanted to watch the game. Our thoughts was to have a viewing session with a mixology session using the Classic Cocktail Bible to get things interesting. Things certainly got interesting but there wasn’t even a handful of us. In retrospect, it was probably best. Creating drinks is really fun, but takes more effort than just shot-gunning a beer or mixing a vodka tonic; there is more precision to it.

By the end of the night, Brittany, Tom and Luis were probably pissed by my meticulous nature of lining up drinks and ingredients to get the perfect shot. (See what I did there?)

photo 1 (1)The first drink that we tried was the Cape Codder. This drink gained popularity with the vogue for cranberry juice. Did you know that Cape Cod is responsible for much of the US’s cranberry production.

Ingredients:

– 2 measures vodka

– 4 measures cranberry juice

-6 lime wedges

Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour over the vodka and cranberry juice. Next, squeeze half the lime wedges into the drink. Stir well and add a lime wedge for decoration.

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The 2nd drink we tried was the Bay Breeze. this was my favorite drink of the night! This is a take on the Sea Breeze but uses pineapple juice to add a hint of sweetness that contrasts the tart nature of the cranberries.

Ingredients:

– 4 measures cranberry juice

– 2 measures vodka

– 2 measures pineapple juice

– lime wedges, to decorate

Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour over the cranberry juice. Pour the vodka and pineapple juice into a shaker and gently pour over the cranberry juice and into the glass. Decorate with lime wedges.

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The third drink was the Harvey Wallbanger. This drink was named after a surfer from the ’60s who drank so many of these cocktails that he banged and bounced out of the bar on his way out.

Ingredients:

– 6 ice cubes

– 1 measure vodka

– 3 measures OJ

– 1-2 tesaspons Galliano

Put half the ice into a shaker and the remainder in a glass. Add the vodka and OJ to the shaker and shake until a frost forms on the outside of the shaker. Float the Galliano on top.

The final drink was the Moscow Mule. It was invented in the 40s by an employee of US drinks firm in conjunction of an LA bar owner who was overstocked with ginger beer!

Ingredients:

– 3-4 ice cubes, cracked

-2 measures vodka

– juice of 2 limes

– ginger beer, to top

– lime to decorate

Put the cracked ice into a shaker. Add the vodka and lime juice and shake until a frost forms on the outside of the cocktail shaker. Pour into a glass, top with ginger beer and stir lightly. Decorate with lime.

Of all the drinks we did, my favorite was the Sea Breeze. If you try them out, I’d love to know which was your favorite!

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