December 23rd – Deck the Halls Cocktail
It’ hard to believe that we are only 1 day, and some change, away from Christmas. This December has flown by in a hurry. Next thing you know, it will be 2014 and we can say good-bye to 2013. I realized today, that I think I’m getting old. I don’t feel old, but I was thinking about something that happened not long ago. I thought it happened merely months ago and when I figured it out it was actually over 1 1/2 years ago. I find that happening to me a lot recently, where time seems to be slipping by more rapidly every day. I can still remember feeling, as a kid, that the summers would last forever (hey, that’s a great line, someone should use that in a song!), but now time just seems to rush by. It’s kind of an odd sensation if you try to analyze it too much.
But enough of me babbling away. Time for another cocktail. I’ve got to stop this soon as too many cocktails have made me start thinking too deeply about life, in general, recently.
I realized that I haven’t used any vodka in any of my cocktails for this little experiment. I’m not averse to vodka, it’s just not my first go to when I want to make a drink or play around with cocktails. The whole concept behind vodka alludes me. I don’t get the point of a liquor that, if made properly, shouldn’t taste like anything. I want a lot of character in the booze I drink, so I just don’t get it. But that’s just my personal opinion. I will admit that there are a number of flavored vodkas that I enjoy quite a bit, but that’s because it’s all about the flavoring, not the vodka itself.
This is another new creation I came up with. I’m not a huge fan of the name, but I wanted something Christmasy. The drink itself is pretty good, if not one of the best of my creations. It still pleased my wife and a few others that tried it. I hope you enjoy!!
Deck the Halls Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Citrus Vodka (any type of citrus vodka will do, I used lime for mine)
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Grenadine
2 splashes Orange Bitters
1 tsp. Sugar, granulated
4 Mint Leaves
Cranberry Ginger Ale
In the bottom of a large cocktail glass mix sugar, bitters and mint leaves. Muddle just to bruise the mint, helping it to release its flavor. Add the vodka, Triple Sec, and grenadine. Mix and fill the glass with ice. Top with Cranberry Ginger Ale. Garnish with an orange slice.