Friday Night Cocktails

Happy Friday! I have to admit I miss the Friday morning roll-into-work, fully committed to doing the absolute minimum amount necessary to fly under the radar of your boss until weekend freedom arrives. Lunchtime hits and, mentally, your weekend starts, but your physical self has to sit around for another 5 hours “working” (talking on gchat & responding to email chains). The last hour may as well be an eternity until you can finally log off your computer and speed-walk to the elevator.

In honor of the glorious Friday-Work-Routine, I figured a cocktail was in order. This one is scarily good and freakishly capable of masking any taste of the alcohol (watch out!). Pick up some limes, ginger, mint and San Pellegrino on your way home from work. I went with vodka, but the-boy-friend preferred bourbon. Both work quite well!

The key to many a cocktail is simple syrup. It takes seconds to make and you can store it for as long as you like in the fridge. You basically dissolve sugar in water in a pan on the stove. I did ¼ cup of sugar with a ¼ cup of water, and it gave me about 6-8 tablespoons of simple syrup (enough for 3-4 cocktails). Feel free to make more or less, depending on how many cocktails you’re guzzling.

In a glass, throw in mint leaves, the simple syrup, the juice and zest of 1 lime, and some “microplaned”, or grated, ginger. “Muddle” the mint by mashing & grinding it into the bottom of the glass with something in your kitchen, be it a wooden spoon or the handle of a spatula. Then add your San Pellegrino, your vodka (or bourbon) and some ice. Have a great weekend!

Recipe (per cocktail):

  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of simple syrup
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • ¼ teaspoon “microplaned” ginger root
  • ⅔ cup San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • ¼ cup of vodka or bourbon
  • ice
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One Comment

  1. Eaddy
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Ahhhh i LOVE the word ‘muddle’. It makes any drink sound 40000 times more amazing. Good to know it’s an actual technique. And btw, the McNamara book club sounds far more organized than our fourth year attempts.

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