So I'm thinking of calling it the You Poor Deer.
Although it's not very appetizing naming a cocktail after what's left of the doe that got squished on the road outside our house and about which I have been exchanging friendly phone calls and emails (DAILY FOR THE BETTER PART OF A WEEK) with the local Highway Department. Today, they say, it gets hauled off to deer Valhalla. Today, they will Send The Truck Around. For the love of all that is holy, let it be so.
Meanwhile, I wanted to make a drink of the week using apple cider--sweet cider, although I imagine you could go kinda French 75 with pub cider in a drink...perhaps that's next week's experiment. So I did something very much like the daiquiri last week, but it came out wildly different in taste. Here's the formula:
You Poor Deer
2 oz amber rum
1 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz apple cider
1/2 oz falernum
Taste for balance and add a little more cider or falernum if you like more sweet or spice. Shake hard over ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with apple and/or lemon slice, cut creatively, and sprinkle with a pinch of freshly ground netmeg.
See you on the air at 4 today. I'll pull out the Brubeck records, yes!