My roommate and I have a long and glorious tradition of sitting on the couch every night and drinking, while watching 70’s musicals. It’s glamorous, to be sure, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little excitement in life. Sometimes we get sick of beer, or wine, or no-brainer cocktails like vodka tonics. I love cocktails that are clean and simple and don’t use too many ingredients. Plus which, it’s annoying and expensive to keep lots of bottles of random mixers and liqueurs around, so I like to come up with easy, cheap and unusual cocktails that only need a couple of ingredients. Please to enjoy.
This is one of my favorite inventions. My roommate and I were bored with our usual fare and were wandering idly around the liquor store. I saw Absolut’s new blackcurrant vodka and immediately knew we had to try it. I used to drink Ribena (a British blackcurrant juice) every summer when I visited my grandmother in Nottingham, so blackcurrants always give me that nostalgic, happy, warm-weather feeling.
So, Elusive Juice is what we came up with. It’s perfect for summer (I make big pitchers of it for picnics!) and so much more interesting than sickly sweet jungle juice! Elusive Juice is tangy, refreshing and light. If you don’t have grenadine, you could use pink lemonade, which is a little sweeter and gives it that lovely pink color. Peach vodka would be great too. So festive!
- Pour about two shots of blackcurrant vodka into a glass with ice.
– Fill the rest of the glass with lemonade.
– Add just a dash of grenadine to take the bite off the vodka and to make it pink!
This is something I came up with just the other night about halfway through a bottle of chardonnay. I remembered being at a restaurant a few weeks ago and overhearing a customer ordering a white wine spritzer. Not totally unusual, but spritzers tend to be way more popular in Europe than here in the States, so it surprised me. (To be fair, the customer was German).
Spritzers are usually made with club soda or sprite, neither of which I like very much. As a result I had kind of written off spritzers the way I had written off shandys: as something silly to be consumed only in Europe during the summer. But then I caught sight of a bottle of Italian blood orange soda in the fridge, and knew I had to try it. European sodas tend to be less sweet than American sodas, so it’s not too sugary. The result: insanely fresh and delicious.
- Fill a glass with white wine (I like to use a chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio). Top it off with blood orange soda. Enjoy!