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.
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!!
Cheers to Friday!… After a long week (don’t they always seem long?!), two days of minimal plans and a cocktail (or two) is exactly what I need. There is never a dull moment in our household. With a sick baby and a near toe fatality for the four-year-old, we labored through a trying week. I tested this delicious creation Thursday night because I couldn’t wait for Friday. And now that it’s Friday, I will make another. This is officially my fave drink of the moment. Take a sip and it’s sweet, but the sip hides a little heat. Seriously, so good.
Jalapeño Mango Rum Cocktail
5-7 mint leaves plus additional for garnish
4 slices jalapeño w/seeds, 1 reserved for garnish
1/2 lime, sliced (reserve one slice for garnish)
2 tablespoons simple syrup
2.5 ounces white rum
4 ounces mango puree
Muddle the mint, jalapeño, lime, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum and mango puree. Shake vigorously for approx. 10 seconds. Fill a glass with ice and strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with mint, a lime wedge and slice of jalapeño.