Cocktail hour: A tropical summer drink recipe

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Now, I am by no means a professional mixologist, or even an amateur bartender, but as Liz can attest, I’ve had my share of drinks. And I love experimenting with new ingredients, especially flavored booze. I haven’t gotten around to trying bacon vodka yet, but you dear readers will be the first to know when I do.

So in the meantime, here’s a recipe that includes the new ABSOLUT Mango, a vodka with a lot of mixing-and-matching potential. This is the perfect summer drink, and since the flavors remind me of the tropical fruits and shakes in my neighborhood, I’ve named it after Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Enjoy!

The Sunset Park

2 oz ABSOLUT Mango vodka

½ oz Lime juice (fresh or Rose’s)

1 oz pineapple juice

Splash of soda

1 Tsp simple syrup or sugar

Ice cubes

Lime wedge (garnish)

Combine the mango vodka, lime and pineapple juices, and simple syrup or sugar in a shaker along with one or two ice cubes. Stir or shake thoroughly and pour over ice, topping with a splash of soda. Garnish with lime wedge or a twist of lime peel.

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The 5 Best and Worst Alcoholic Drinks I’ve Had Lately

The Best

1. The Park Life at The Bell House in Gowanus, which contains Ruby Red Absolut, grapefruit juice, Triple Sec and a splash of soda. Perfect for hot summer days.

2. Sixpoint IPA at Quarter in Park Slope south. Always a classic.

3. Chelsea Checker Cab Blond Ale at Ellis Bar in Park Slope south. Cheap and refreshing!

4. Smuttynose IPA from our local grocery store. You can probably tell I like my high alcohol content beers.

5. Homemade mojitos using fresh mint, sugar, club soda, lime juice, and cheap-ass rum. We intended to make mint juleps in honor of the Triple Crown, but mojitos sounded tasty. And they were.

The Worst

1. A bottle of collectible New Year’s champagne from the year 2000 that our landlord gave to us and suggested might still be good. Oh, it was not. But it took me half a glassful to realize that fruity taste wasn’t supposed to be there, not to mention the rich brown hue. I’m still alive, somehow.

2. Budweiser American Ale. I know they were just trying to break into the microbrew market, but, yuck, why did they even bother?

3. Vodka and Diet Coke. Things can get desperate when you’re out of appropriate mixers, but there’s no excuse for this kind of fuckery.

4. Budweiser Select. Do you notice a pattern here, Budweiser? Stick to what you’re mediocre at and quit trying to make these spinoff beers for a more discriminating audience. It’s not gonna happen.

5. Sadly, I have to add Miller High Life to this list, even though I depend on it as my main source of intoxication, due to the fact that it’s $2.22 for two tall (24oz) cans at my local convenience store. I love it and I hate it.

The Dizzy Fizz: the newest cocktail website on our radar

If you love drinking and reading about drinking (and for shame if you don’t), check out The Dizzy Fizz, one of our new favorite drinking-related websites. Like A Muddled Thought, about which we wrote recently, The Dizzy Fizz focuses on the world of cocktails and mixology. The blog offers a mix of event photos and interviews, recipes, and reports on new and interesting bars and beverages. Mmmm, booze.

Beer Pong gets gussied up at SPiN New York

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Susan Sarandon has been involved in some mighty interesting projects lately. First there was Exit the King, the Broadway farce starring Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush. I’ve heard it’s good, but unless it’s free, I’ll just have to wait for the TONY highlights. Then there was her infamous appearance in Saturday Night Live‘s “Motherlover,” which proved not only that she’s still hilarious, but that she still looks pretty fine 34 years after Rocky Horror.

But now she’s gone and topped everything by opening a new state-of-the-art beer pong venue called SPiN New York. A combination between a table tennis sporting facility and a bar (although I can’t imagine anyone wanting to play table tennis sober), this sounds like a fun hangout and a great place to have a party. Maybe beer pong didn’t need the professional makeover, but far be it from me to criticize the expansion of the city’s drinking options. Kudos!

Bartenders know how to handle a pandemic

…with drinking humor. Seriously, this swine flu stuff is a bunch of garbage, and I can’t believe the news is devoting so much time to it. I suppose I’ll be eating my words (in antiviral form) if it comes back with a vengeance come winter like some experts warn, but I’ll take my chances.

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Courtesy of Down by the Hipster

Two of our favorite new beverage-related websites

We’re always on the lookout for cool new sites with booze-related content, and these are two that have caught our eye, partly because we know the dudes who write them (full disclosure and all that).

If you live in the New York area, we heartily recommend A Muddled Thought. This site not only provides readers with original reports from new and soon-to-open bars in the city, but also includes menus, photos, recipes, and interviews with noted mixologists.

Another cool site is bombevi, which profiles one beverage at a time, slowly building a database of drinks. It doesn’t just review alcoholic beverages, but anything and everything you can drink through a straw. Great reading for people like us who love trying new packaged products, especially ones that look funny.

Check ’em out!

An idea to curb drunk driving

Drunk driving is an obvious problem in this country, but so far no perfect solution has presented itself. Of course you can always call a cab, but a lot of people refrain from doing so because they want to get back to their regular life as soon as possible after a night of drinking, and who wants to take another cab to go pick up their car at the bar/party the next morning?

So as a solution, I suggest a system of designated drivers for hire. I’ve heard about a similar system in South Korea, but so far I have yet to see such a service advertised in the states. Basically, you could call a driver, they’d be dropped off at your car, and they’d drive you home in your own car. The car that dropped off the designated-driver-for-hire would follow close behind and pick up the driver at the destination. That way, while nursing your hangover the next morning, you wouldn’t have to worry about where your car is. Perfect for those who like to get sloshed on nights before they have to go to work!

The first potential problem that I can think of is the auto insurance situation. The rent-a-driver companies would have to get special permits or something, a la car rental companies and U-Haul and so forth. It might be complicated, but I don’t see why it can’t be done.

What do you think? Is this a viable business in the making?