I suppose if this were a few years ago, I could do something exciting like a 'You Buy It, I'll Try It' thing, where I would probably end up with some seriously interesting bar stories that I wouldn't even be able to relay in full due to brief blackouts from what I'm sure some of those drinks might contain. Since this is not a few years ago though, and I do truly enjoy having Jay in my life, I've been doing a little experimenting for myself with our own personal 'bar'. While this may seem a little less exciting than a story about some random night out ending with me asleep on the floor somewhere; it should actually be more exciting for you because I remember everything I need to relay here (at least for the most part), AND I can share the recipes!
Here are my current 'drinks of the moment' worth sharing:
The Rumchata Black Russian
You may remember that Rumchata was one of my Favorite Five this month, and if you typically like a White Russian, then you'll love the twist the Rumchata gives this 'Black' Russian. It will knock your socks off in more ways than one.
Ingredients (Serves: 1)
1 part Rumchata
1 part Kahlua
1 part Vodka (I used Stoli Gold)
Shake and pour into a rocks glass over ice.
Have a sip, and smile. :)
The Tomato-Politan Martini
A yummy savory martini that I think would be fabulous at brunch, or you could throw caution to the wind and bring a whole new meaning to the term ' ladies who lunch.' The pickle juice surprisingly gave a wonderful dimension to the drink.
8 ounces of your favorite vodka (again, I used Stoli Gold)
4 Tablespoons of tomato juice
1 teaspoon of green hot sauce (like Tabasco Jalapeno)
Juice of one medium lemon
2 Tablespoons of pickle juice
Pickles for garnish.
Pour the vodka into a shaker 1/2 full of ice.
Add the hot sauce and shake for a bit.
Let the shaker rest for a moment, and then add the tomato and lemon juices.
Give it another few shakes and then strain into a well chilled glass
Top each drink with 1 Tablespoon of pickle juice, garnish with a slice of pickle, and enjoy!
Let me know what you think, and if you have any new ideas you'd like to have 'tested', by all means send them in!