Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cool Summer Drink

Now, the last few weeks we've had a lot of free time on our hands. Between Tony's school not starting yet, and me not having a job yet (any leads you may have are welcome...) when we're not busy fixing up our new place, killing bugs, or exploring Richmond together, we have had a few hours on our hands. We have spent an embarrassing amount of this time watching Mad Men on Netflix instant!  While nothing exciting ever seems to happen this show is so addicting, and despite some crazy political incorrectness, these people make retro seem cool. Between Mad Men and our visit to Bourbon and Branch, a speakeasy in San Francisco, it seems like cocktails are becoming more & more popular.
Tony's brother & dad visited us in Richmond this past weekend. Inspired by a cocktail that we saw (but didn't taste) at a vegan restaurant called Ipanema Cafe, we wanted to make our own summer cocktail. What made this whole thing even cooler was that we got all the ingredients (except for the gin) from a local grocer called Fresh to Frozen. This place sells stuff WAY less than you'd pay at a regular store, but a lot of it is about to expire or has damaged packaging. This = gianormous savings. Take a look at our last receipt:
So on to our drink. We named it the "Sterling Cooper." Even if you don't like gin, this drink's worth a shot (get it?). You could replace the gin with any number of spirits, or omit it completely. It's very refreshing, and you can really taste the cucumber. After trying several combinations, we settled on the following ingredients:

1 oz Gin
1/4 Lime (plus a slice for garnish)
3 or 4 Slices of Cucumber
Ginger Ale
(optional) Sparkling Water to taste

1. Start by muddling (aka smushing) half of the cucumber slices and the lime in the bottom of your cocktail shaker.

2. Fill the shaker with ice, and add the gin and shake it

3. Fill a cool cocktail glass (or a mason jar) with ice, and pour the gin mixture over top the ice. Then add ginger ale to the top. If you like it a little less sweet, add sparkling water to taste.

4. Garnish with lime and cucumber & enjoy while watching Mad Men


  1. I love gin & Ginger Ale. Sometimes I even mix gin with Sprite, but usually when the bar doesn't have Ginger Ale. I may need to try it with the lime and cucumber!

  2. Mmmm. this sounds awesome minus the cucumber ( I want to like them, I really do but I can't) This will be an easy and fun drink to make when friends are over. Thanks for sharing!


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