Thursday, November 26, 2015

41 Days of Drinks (day 6)

• This is the latest entry in a daily feature that will run through New Year's Eve. To provide it, I combed through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned.

The architect Mies Van Der Rohe said, "It is better to be good than to be original." Perhaps so, but I prefer to be both whenever possible.

About 10 years ago, I came up with a nice hybrid cocktail for summer drinking that I eventually found out was something welcomed year-round by people who don't drink very often but like to participate in the sport during the holidays. It's a nice thirst-quenching mix of both vodka and green tea, two beverages that are hugely popular.


(makes 2 cocktails)

3 ounces Arizona Green Tea with Honey and Ginseng
3 ounces of Chopin, Belvedere, or your favorite vodka
6 drops Angostura bitters
Splash of Galliano liqueur or the more herbal Strega

Put all ingredients in a metal cocktail shaker, plus a handful of ice cubes. Stir briskly, then strain quickly into a frosted martini glass before the ice melts. Twist the juice from an orange slice into the drink and let it meander through the solution on its own.

Garnish with an orange slice and a mint leaf for color.

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