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!