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Ginger Apple Cocktail

29 Sep

Ginger Apple Cocktail 3

Hard ciders have been popular around the U.S. for almost two decades now. The Matilda Bay, Bartles and James wine-cooler-drinking crowd of the ’80’s started getting options in the ’90’s, and hard ciders were one of them. Beer drinkers also will tear into a cider, too, or even use it to make a shandy, which is half beer and half cider.

In Ireland, they have a cider that’s not too sweet called Bulmers, and in the states it’s named Magners. My wife fell in love with this on our last trip to Ireland and, until a BevMo opened in our area, we were hard pressed to find it.

But this post, short and sweet as it will be, is about a cocktail I created using my old bartending skills and a little ingenuity, AND it tastes like a hard cider! My kid went on a field trip to a local apple farm and brought back a gallon of regular fresh cider, which is unbelievably tasty. Of course, being the upstanding father-figure that I am, my thoughts started straying towards how to integrate it into an alcoholic beverage.

The best part is that this is 2 to 3 points on the old Weight Watchers system if you use diet soda (PointsPlus and 360° can fuck off beyond recognition). In any case, this is a refreshing fall cocktail that just works and will tickle you more than leaves on your taint.

Ginger Apple Cocktail

Makes 1

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. vodka (that’s one shot to common folks)

2 oz. apple cider or apple juice

2 oz. diet or regular ginger ale

Apple slice for garnish

Makin’ It:

This is too easy to make.

Fill a collins glass with ice. Pour in the vodka and the apple cider. Top it with the ginger ale. Either put the apple slice on the rim or into the drink itself. Give it a stir with a straw and you’re rockin’.

Note: This would be bitchin’ as a martini, too. Just shake the vodka and juice in an ice-filler shaker and strain it into a cocktail glass. Then, top it with the ginger ale and garnish.

Ginger Apple Cocktail 2

Until later, eat, drink, and peace out.

©Jon Marino 2013

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Watermelon Cooler

29 Mar

Watermelon Cooler 5

It’s that time of year when the little birdies sing, the leaves burst forth upon the trees, mosquitoes swarm across nations infecting thousands with malaria, Canada begins to thaw (eh), environmentalists reaffirm California’s drought status, and high school seniors think it’s June already, even though that’s two months away, and plan ditch days regularly.  Ah, such jocund happenings necessitate refreshing cocktails and maybe some low-level shock therapy.

As I noted in a previous post, I was a bartender (rather than a pretentious, dick-like “mixologist,”) at T.G.I. Fuck-All for some years.  Towards the end of my tenure there, infused vodkas became the “in” thing and, I admit, they can be good.  The best part is that they’re easy to make.  Take a fruit or veggie of choice, cut it up, put it in a bowl, pour in a bottle of vodka, and chill it.  In a few hours, you have a new flavor o’ vodka.  Easy peasy.

This watermelon cooler has lots of variations.  I and my wifey tend to prefer the less sweet cocktails, so this one is a bit more refreshing in that I top it with soda water.  But, if you want to sweeten it up, top it with some lemon-lime soda or ginger ale to get there.

Watermelon Cooler

To make a watermelon-infused vodka: Cube up or scoop some watermelon into a big bowl.  Pour in a bottle o’ vodka, cover, and let it chill for an hour or more.  Then, either strain the vodka out or simply remove the watermelon chunks.  Eat some of those soaked watermelon pieces and you’ll be talkin’ to both Jesus AND Buddha, let me tell you.

Ingredients for one cocktail:

a few slices of fresh, peeled ginger

a few basil leaves

1 small ball or scoop o’ watermelon

2 oz. of watermelon vodka (a big shot, in other words)

2 lime wedges

Soda water

Makin’ It:

In a mixing tin or glass, muddle the ginger, basil, watermelon ball, and vodka.  All “muddling” means is to smash the hell out of the ingredients so they combine and all get happy together. For this, I used the thick end of a wooden spoon because I’m ghetto like that.

Fill a glass with ice and strain the vodka mixture over it.  Fill it with soda water, squeeze the lime wedges in there, and garnish with a scoop or two o’ watermelon and even a basil leaf, if you’re sexy.

Again, if you like sweet, use ginger ale or 7Up or something.  You can even add a shot of simple syrup (sugar water) if you have it around.

Easier than Catholic nymphomaniac after Lent.

Until later, eat, drink, and peace out.

©Jon Marino 2013