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Cocktail Hour

Cheers to Summer Break with The Salty Dog Cocktail

Why I'm taking the summer off from blogging
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With Memorial Day weekend behind us, summer is officially here.  Break out the white jeans, beach drinks, and long leisurely summer nights.  I mean is there any time of year more nostalgic than summer? When I think of summer I have specific smells and feelings that coming rushing in.  There’s no season that truly makes me long to be a kid again, or in a kind of a sad way makes me feel how far I am from those carefree days, than summer.

That’s why I’ve decided to take a break from blogging this summer.  I’ve never actually taken a break from blogging.  I’ve plowed through every holiday, every date, every season, all the time.  But lately I’ve been feeling very unbalanced and a bit uninspired.  I’ve felt very disconnected from why I started blogging in the first place. It’s almost felt forced.  And forced is the opposite of what I want this space to be about.

So that’s why I’m pressing pause and soaking in every magnificent moment of summer I can.  I plan on taking bike rides, walking barefoot, eating food on a stick at all the local carnivals, playing put-put golf, taking spontaneous road trips, jumping into the lake, and maybe even being a bit lazy.  Yes I am drinking that summer kool-aid (both literally and figuratively as Kool-aid was a major part of my summers in Michigan).

Don’t worry I won’t be totally MIA. I’ll still be sharing all of my adventures over on Instagram and let’s not forget I have a shop that won’t run itself. I hope while I’m on a break you’ll still utilize WOM as a resource for all things home, food, beauty, and entertaining. As I’ve been doing this for five years I’ve built up quite the library of information that still feels rather inspired. And of course don’t forget about the recipe index! So many good recipes to try out!

Which brings me to today’s Salty Dog recipe.  This is the easiest, and perfect cocktail for those lazy days of summer.  Get the recipe below, and whip up a batch sooner rather than later.

So that’s it. I’m signing off until Labor Day.  Here’s to hoping I might just get a glimpse of that inner kid again. Truly, MKR

The Salty Dog
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  2. 3 oz. grapefruit juice
  3. coarse sea salt for the rim
  4. club soda
  5. ice
  6. grapefruit wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. rim a glass with coarse sea salt or spicy sea salt for a little extra kick
  2. fill a glass and shaker with ice. to the shaker add grapefruit juice and vodka, shake shake shake.
  3. pour over ice into the glass and top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a grapefruit slice or wedge. enjoy.
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The Cucumber Collins Cocktail

A refreshing spin on the classic cocktail
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Named after a famous hoax from 1874, The Tom Collins cocktail has easily become one of the most iconic gin cocktails around. And while I’m not one to often mess with the classics, I think it’s nice to sometimes add a spin. Especially if that spin that doesn’t effect the original version, but only enhances it.  That my friends is how I came to know the refreshing Cucumber Collins as shown here.  But before I dive into my Minty, Cucumber Collins spin, first lets talk about this Tom Collins hoax.  

According to The Gin Foundry, “the story of the hoax goes something like… Tom Collins was a loud and boisterous man who was known to sit in taverns and talk harshly of nearly everyone he’d met, or in many cases, those he hadn’t. Fortunately for those who fell victim to Collins’ wrath, they had good friends who would immediately find their friend and let them know of all the profanity directed towards them. The victim was then encouraged to find Collins and confront him. However, when the victim went to the tavern where Collins was meant to be, he was nowhere to be found (because Tom Collins did not exist). It was then that those desperately looking for their revenge would ask at the bar for Tom Collins, and instead receive the sour cocktail.”

This hoax made it’s way around New York and beyond, with even the newspapers writing all about it.  And while I can’t imagine what would happen each time an enraged person was handed a Tom Collins cocktail rather than meeting an actual Tom Collins, I am thankful it produced such a fantastic cocktail.

Your classic Tom Collins consists of gin, lemon, plenty of simple syrup or sugar, and ice.  And if I’m being honest reminds me of a boozy lemonade, which I love, but typically has too much sugar for me to have more than one.  This led me to thinking of how to make the Tom Collins a bit less sugary, and a bit more refreshing.  Easy; insert fresh cucumber, fresh mint, club soda, and you have the Cucumber Collins.  

As easy to make as it is beautiful to look at, this refreshing spin on an iconic cocktail will be one I promise you’ll be drinking all summer long.  Click through/below to find the recipe, and Cheers! Truly, MKR

P.S.  You could also use lemon, mint cucumber gin to enhance the flavor and if you’re going to go that route you definitely need to check out the WOMH infusion kits!
 


 

The Minty Cucumber Collins
Serves 1
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 fresh cucumber slices plus more for garnish
  2. 1-2 stems of fresh mint, plus more for garnish
  3. 2 ounces gin (you can use cucumber gin if you prefer)
  4. 1/2-1 ounce simple syrup
  5. 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  7. Club Soda
  8. Ice
Instructions
  1. Add cucumber slices, 1 mint stem and gin to a cocktail shaker, muddle lightly.
  2. Add citrus juice, and ice to shaker.
  3. Shake, shake, shake
  4. Strain into a high ball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with soda water, and taste. Add desired sweetener till it's at a sweetness level you like, lightly stir.
  6. garnish as desired and enjoy.
Notes
  1. I chose to garnish my Cucumber Collins by wrapping a thin cucumber slice around the glass. Do this before adding the ice and cocktail.
Adapted from The Tom Collins Cocktail
Adapted from The Tom Collins Cocktail
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The Tommy Gun Fizz

A zingy whiskey drink even the most non-whiskey drinker will love
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Recently, during my hunt for the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail I stumbled upon a little something called The Tommy Gun. 

Originally created by San Fransisco mixologist Jacques Bezuindenhout, the name Tommy Gun references the iconic prohibition-era firearm wielded by movie-star like gangsters of the past.

The drink itself is in essence a whiskey sour.  A kicked up, zingy, whiskey sour full of ginger, plenty of whiskey and an unexpected teaspoon of apricot jam.  The apricot jam is what intrigued me.  And after mixing up one or two I was almost sold. 

In my version I opt out of the fresh ginger, instead subbing in fizzy ginger beer.  And I go a little heavy handed on the lemon and apricot. 

Together, the combo provides the perfect pre or post dinner drink, for whiskey and non whiskey drinkers alike.  It also happens to be the cocktail I chose to serve this year at Thanksgiving dinner.  Cheers, and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Truly, MKR

The Tommy Gun Fizz
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon apricot jam
  2. 1/2 squeezed fresh lemon
  3. 1-2 ounces ginger beer
  4. 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  5. 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
  6. 1-2 lemon twists
  7. 1-2 pieces of candied ginger on a cocktail pick (optional)
  8. Ice
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker muddle the jam with the lemon juice. Add ice and the whiskey and Grand Marnier; shake well. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass top with ginger beer. Garnish with the lemon twist and candied ginger if desired.
Adapted from Food & Wine
Adapted from Food & Wine
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