last saturday i spent a few hours with the lovely miss julie jones in the name of tasty beverages. we threw on some motown records pulled out all the booze we could find and got to cocktailin’. our first concoction was straight from the recipe book and it was delightful, although the name could use some work – the brandy crusta.
while sipping on this, we caught up on life, flipped through the best cocktail book ever, and bolstered our egos into believing that we were indeed award-winning bartenders. the reality check arrived when i realized that i desperately need to work on my shaker skills so that my mixing techniques can look more like a young tom cruise and less like a shake-weight commercial. the point is, don’t be afraid to look like an idiot, make a terrible drink, or a big mess. it’s all a part of the process my darling.
one drink down and we got a little more adventurous and sort of invented our own spin on a gin fizz. we’ll have to make it again to see if we enjoy it just as much without the ‘eureka! we just invented a drink!’ momentum. i plan on this being the first of many afternoons of drinks with friends. got any good recipes of your own to share?
some tips for your own afternoon of spirited adventure:
- surround yourself with good friends and good music
- have several garnish options on hand (lemons, limes, oranges, cherries) in addition to a basic simple syrup, bitters (my preference is angostura), tonic water, and obviously some staple liquors (whiskey, gin, vodka, etc…)
- have snacks! no one wants to drink on an empty stomach.
- you don’t need them, but it’s nice to have a good shaker, jigger, bar spoon and muddler available.
- taste everything. and tweak until you love it.