Winter never did come--outside of that oddball snowstorm before Halloween, and one medium-sized snowfall in January. Of course, that's in The Swanky Neighborhood near you. If you're reading this in Alaska, you may absolutely throw snowballs at me.
Here, it was over 70 degrees yesterday, and I haven't even gotten my spring and summer clothing down from the attic yet. But who DOES that this early on?
In the world of cocktails, it's a similar puzzlement: St Pat's on Saturday, but the whole mixing-with-Irish-whiskey thing bugs me. Good Irish whiskey should be drunk with just enough water to set it off, and nothing else to vex it, sez me. What really calls me is a Harp, sitting outside in the sun, but I've got this blog to write, a radio station to run, and family to please.
You want to know what I drank last night? It's totally NOT like me--not a classic cocktail, and only containing one slightly oddball ingredient. Let's call it:
The Unseasonable Weather
2 oz vodka
a generous splash of unsweetened cranberry juice (available in health food stores and some markets)
a dash of Rose's Lime juice, to taste
Build in a highball glass with plenty of nice, big ice cubes, stir with a swizzle stick, garnish with a lime slice. Tart, refreshing & soothing. It's kind of a lightened Cosmo soda pop. Lovely, really.
Unsweetened cranberry juice, by the way, is useful stuff. It's a great color and can rescue a batch of drinks that's gone over the edge into sweet. When you're not making cocktails, it's refreshing plain in seltzer (use just a little at first, 'cause it really IS sour). It's actually good for you.
See ya on the air at 4 PM!