Holiday panic to ready a dinner or brunch table can set nerves atwitter in even the most composed Junior League hostess. So, as an homage to all home cooks who go hysterical as they make best efforts to put ‘tasty’ on the table, I’ve come up with the perfect set of cocktails.
As a food writer, culinary cocktails are among my favorite things to write about. Herbs, spice, aromatics, and uniquely flavored spirits, can turn the concept of “lush” into “Dee-Lush” snappy!
Ginger vodka is a favorite, and lends a surprisingly cool, low-grade buzz. St. Germain liqueur is another – with elderflower essence that screams spring.
Hey, maybe the sky really is falling, but with these cocktails will you really care? I know I wouldn’t….
The Sky is Falling
2 parts Ginger Vodka, 2 parts Mango Rum, 1 part (or splash to taste) of Blood orange juice (or regular)
Place all in martini shaker, and pour (straining ice) into glass with superfine sugar on rim.
Runt of the Litter
1-1/2 parts Vodka, 1 part St. Germain elderflower liqueur, 1/4 part Meyer or regular lemon juice, tonic water mixed with 1/4 part Limoncello
Mix vodka, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice with ice in a shaker. Strain into glass rimmed in super-fine sugar, and top float with the tonic-and-lemon liqueur mix to taste.