Drink Some Booze, You Boozin’ Boozer.

Who needs a drink?  If you answered “yes” then chances are that you, like me, sometimes need a drink to take the “edge” off the day (some days have many sharp edges).  Here are some of my favorites ways to forget:

St. Germain and Bubbly

2 parts Champagne or Prosecco                                                                                                    1 part St. Germain

Garnish with a slice of strawberry, a red raspberry or do not garnish at all.  If you haven’t tried St. Germain- a silky, elegant liquor made of elderflowers- you must! Immediately!  You won’t be sorry.  It is delicious.

An alternative to this drink would be just to add a few dashes of Angostura Bitters to your bubbly for a certain je ne sais quoi.  Really! I don’t know what they put in that stuff because the recipe is secret, but it’s damn good.

Dad’s Fancy Gin & Tonic

1 part Gin – I like Tanqueray or Beefeater                                                                          Tonic                                                                                                                                                            Wedge of Lime                                                                                                                                       Wedge of Orange                                                                                                                                    Fresh Mint Leaves

My dad made this for me once and I’m forever indebted to him for his genius.  Pour gin into a glass until it is 1/3 full.  Squeeze lime and orange wedge into the gin and add mint leaves.  Muddle (pound with spoon) citrus wedges and mint to release the essences into the gin.  Add ice and top off glass with tonic water.  Stir.  Sip.  Yummm.

Vodka Spritzer Lite – for the calorie watcher!

1 shot, ok TWO shots of vodka in a nice tall glass                                                                     selzer or club soda                                                                                                                                 any type of juice- I prefer grapefruit, orange or orangepeachmango (oooh la la!)

Pour the vodka over ice in a nice tall glass.  I like Svedka because it’s cheap, tastes good and gets the job done without leaving you with a nasty hangover- but use whatever you’d like.  Fill the glass almost to the top with seltzer or club soda.  Add a splash of citrusy juice and maybe squeeze a wedge of lime in there too.  Guaranteed to do the job quick without too many calories- plus it’s refreshing and dare I say- hydrating!  Hey, it’s called seltzer WATER.

Word to the wise: Be safe when you drink. Drink at home and make your friends come to you!

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