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Warm Weather Drink Challenge: I swear it was …


… warm weather! I swear!  Literally a day or two ago we were in the 70’s, it was clear skies and I was thinking, damn, I love my balcony.  Now … it is back to being cold, damn cold weather in the Big Apple and I’m pissed!!!

So what to do? Create a new drink for sipping in warmer weather?  Okie dokey.

Not a hundred percent sure what started me on the path to the below drink, likely daydreaming one evening staring at my shelf of goodies and I must have fixated my glare a bit too long on my bottle of Grand Marnier and one glare, led to a thought which led me to action … off we were to the kitchen with bottle in hand to concoct something to drink.

The My Day in the Sun cocktail isn’t all that creative and all that new … on its own.  What I like about my little drink is how flexible it can be for me (and you) depending upon what your feeling like at any particular time.  I started by testing (in lower amounts) the classic “sour” ratios of 3:2:1 and 2:1:1 and both work quite nice.  The base recipe is shown below and I have also provided several sampled/tested variations — it works nicely against some bubbles; pairs, I think, perfectly with a float of a dry beer; you can change proportions to make it sweeter or less so; sub out the lemon juice, add in a touch of a well-made lime cordial, dial back the liqueur and you have an interesting stirred drink (and I think also adding in a bit of Cynar or Gran Classico Bitter and you have achieved success!).

Let us know what you think?

Tasting notes (for base recipe):

“A touch sweet, yielding to a more balanced sour-ness over time.”

“Nice fruit profile … from sour fruits, to orchard fruits … nicely balanced against the herbal notes of the liqueur.”

“The slightest hint of smoke in the mouth creates an interesting contrast to the sweet, sour and fruit flavors. Maybe, maybe, a bit more of this is needed? Hmmmm …”

My Day in the Sun
Recipe created, he thinks, by theSpeakista

•    1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
•    3/4 oz St.Germain Elderflower liqueur
•    3/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
•    1 barspoon of Islay whiskey
Garnish: none
Glass: cocktail glass or coupe
Tools: mixing glass and tin, strainer and bar spoon

Assembly: add all ingredients to the mixing glass and tin with plenty of ice and shake until well chilled.  Double strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass, sip, and enjoy.

Variations #1: alter the proportions to be ½ oz of lemon juice to a full ounce of the liqueur; after straining into the glass float a dry sparkling wine on top.

Variation #2: same as the first variation above but instead of floating the sparkling wine, strain the shaken mixture into a rocks or old fashioned glass filled with ice, add in a dry beer (we tried Asahi), say 2 to 4 ounces, give a slight stir and drink up.

Variation #3: add 1 1/2 oz  + 1/2 oz each of the liqueur and Cynar + 1 barspoon of lime cordial (a homemade or well-made version) to a mixing glass with ice, stir and strain into a rocks glass with a single large piece of ice.

Please warm weather … come back to my city.  I miss you.

See you all back here real soon!.

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