I like things quick, easy and simple. One of my pet peeves is all the bottles of different liquor you need to have on hand to make a cocktail. I will see beautiful drinks on Pinterest. I will think .”Ooh that looks great, but I don’t have any of those things in my cupboard.” I hate to buy exclusive, specialty liquors and be stuck with them. I have spent 55 dollars at the store to get the fixings for a Lemon drop martini. It called for Tausca which is a vanilla citrus liquor.
3 yrs later here it is.
I get bored quickly. With cocktails, with recipes. On Friday cocktail days, I can’t stick with one drink the whole afternoon. We always mix it up. This is what drinkswithdana is all about. Having a few basic ingredients on hand and being able to make a bunch of yummy drinks. The shrub was a little out of my normal context of things. One thing I can promise is I will never be boring.
So what do you need to have on hand??
#1. Vodka. Don’t go cheap. You don’t need to go too high end. I like Kettle one, Absolute and SKY. Any vodkas of this level are good. I pick which ever one is one sale. I know some people are really nervous with vodka. But we are not making shots. If the drink is too strong add extra seltzer or 7 up.
#2. Gin : Bombay
#3. Tequila: Jose Cuervo
#4. Seltzer, Flavored or plain. I buy one small liter unflavored and a few flavored ones. The grocery store runs them on sale . They will sit in the cabinet until you need them.
#5. 7 up, Ginger ale, Sprite. La Croix. Choose your favorite or whatever is on sale. I buy the 12 pack cans so they don’t go flat. I usually buy diet or no calorie, Again you make your personal sugar or sweetener choice. This is about your happiness,
#6. Wine. In most of my recipes that include wine, we are flavoring it. High quality is a waste. I try to stay in the $6-9 range. Again sale prices determine a lot. I try to have on hand these types of whites: Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon blanc. Any of these work. You just need to control for sweetness. For Reds usually I use red blends in Sangrias.
#7. Prosecco. I found a some great versions for mixing that are between 5.99 and 9.99 a bottle. I will talk about those in future blogs about prosecco.
#8. Fruit. I try to stay in season. I am too frugal to spend top dollar for crummy fruit.
Odd popsicles, left over sherbert, other odd left over kid desserts. Ice. Lots of ice..
This weeks infusion. Cucumber Mint Vodka.
1/2 cup of Vodka
1/4 of a large cucumber
5 Mint leaves
Glass bowl or cup.
Wash your cucumber leave skin on, slice thinly, add mint leaves Pour vodka over it. let sit 1-2 days.