Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Betty Ford

Hugh hosted a shopping event for Danialle Karmanos' Work It Out non-profit last night.  It's a great organization that teaches disadvantaged kids how to make healthy lifestyle choices through yoga.  Yes yoga!  And the kids totally dig it!

A special occasion demands a special cocktail, so I conjured up something with a healthful feel for the evening.  It's a cucumber-based drink inspired by the Afterglow cocktail at Centaur (but a little lighter), and by the Spa Martini at Eve (but less complicated ... no cucumber muddling!).  I've dubbed it The Betty Ford.

It was perfect for a warm spring evening and I suggest you enjoy this all summer long.  The recipe requires precise measurements, I highly recommend using the Aluminum Jigger Cube!

The Betty Ford
2 ounces Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka (the best flavored vodka I've ever tried)
0.75 ounces simple syrup
0.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
a few grains of salt (this is important)

Shake until refreshingly cold and top off with 1 ounce of club soda.  Serve in a flute or a modest cocktail glass and garnish with a cucumber slice.  You will love it, I swear.

Make a pitcher using an 8-3-2 ratio and a pinch of salt.  Then fill glasses 3/4 full and top off with club soda. You can enjoy it over ice in a highball glass this way!