My immune system has been cursed this winter. Just as I’ve finally kicked one bug to the curb another creeps in. I suppose that’s “what happens” when your kids start playing with other kids and the only thing they share well are germs. After having McLaren, I admittedly haven’t taken the best care of my health. I eat whatever’s quick, haven’t worked out in an embarrassingly long time, don’t get enough sleep and sometimes let the stresses of life get the best of me. So I suppose the germs my kids bring home aren’t the only thing to blame for my less than stellar immune system.
Watermelon Margarita (On the Rocks)
Despite this week’s holiday, (thank you Labor Day) this week has been a long one. Shortened work weeks seem to always make the days longer as I try to cram in a full week’s worth of work into four days. Nevertheless, it’s Friday so it’s time to rejoice, relax, and sip on a delicious libation.
If you’ve read our ‘About Us‘ section, you know that Steph and I are both proud alums of THE Ohio State University. With the college football season kicking off this weekend, we thought it would be fun to dedicate this Friday’s cocktail to our favorite team!
Not only is this cocktail scarlet, but it’s also apple flavored, so it pretty much screams fall! Since the game starts at 8 pm, the addition of the Cranberry Red Bull (thanks Yvonne and Gavin!) will make sure you don’t doze off at half time. And, in an effort to bring in some grey (to get our ‘scarlet and grey’), we used silver sprinkle sugar for the rims of the glasses.
Since Ohio State doesn’t play till Monday, you’ve got a few days to go and get your ingredients. GO BUCKS! BEAT VIRGINIA TECH!! (Sorry Hokie fans, we still love you!)
2 oz. Sour Apple Schnaps
1 oz. Vodka
2oz. Cranberry Red Bull
Grey (silver) sprinkles for rim
Prepare your glass. Pour silver sprinkles into a shallow bowl. Rub a lemon wedge around the rim, turn the glass upside down and twist in the sprinkle bowl.
Pour all ingredients except Red Bull into cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Add chilled Red Bull and stir gently. Cheers!
It has been a week! This back to school routine is taking a toll on us. With early wake up calls, jam-packed days, and rushed evenings, we’re pretty much collapsing into bed around 9:30.
Usually we’ll wait till Friday to treat ourselves to a cocktail. This week we made it to … Wednesday. Eeek.
I have to give my husband full credit for this cocktail. He has gotten very crafty with his bartending lately and I have been the lucky (and buzzed) beneficiary. He’d come across a cocktail he wanted to make called ‘Indian Summer’ (apropos), but found that we didn’t have all the ingredients. So he improvised and came up with this beauty. It actually uses Welch’s concord grape juice (which we have, because we have kids), but don’t let that scare you – the taste of the cocktail is more complex and sophisticated than you’d expect. Here’s how he made it.
Back-to-School Gin and [Grape] Juice
Makes two cocktails
3 oz. Gin
1 oz. St Germain (yes, we’re obsessed)
4 oz. Concord grape juice
1 oz. Lemon juice
Lemon wedge, for garnish
Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into lowball glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedges. Cheers!!