Friday, 23 March 2012

Fabulous Friday: Cocktail Hour

Juice of a Few Flowers

Friday night at last! The long working week is over and we are ready for a cocktail. Well to be honest sticking our heads in a bucket of lab grade ethanol would probably do, but we do try and keep our standards up where possible. We had spotted “Juice of a few flowers” in a Barefoot Contessa cookbook the last time we were together and we both thought it would make a revitalising drink for a Friday night. We would have liked to experiment together but as we are in different countries we both opened up our respective drinks cupboards and got busy, keeping in touch via text (until one of us had one too many and fell asleep). So, to work!

The recipe (for 4 drinks):
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (~2 oranges)
½ cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (~1 grapefruit)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (~1 lemon)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (~2 limes)
1 cup vodka
Sugar syrup to taste
Lemon juice
Granulated sugar
Fresh mint

First up, you need to juice all the fruit (Aoife made a mess, The Husband was not happy):

The various juices and the vodka are then combined in a jug. The glasses are decorated by dipping the rims in lemon juice and then into the sugar (some practice is needed as you can see from the rather poor efforts below):

Half of the mixture is shaken over ice in the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds before pouring into the prepared glasses.

The first run tasted a little too acidic so for the next batch we experimented with sugar syrup (Rachel) and some agave nectar (Aoife) both of which balanced out the flavour nicely. We’d recommend tasting before shaking and adding something sweet if required. The oranges and grapefruit you use may be sweet enough not to need any.


P.s.  A few days later and desperate for a drink (don’t judge, it was one of those difficult Tuesdays), Aoife combined the juice of the left over oranges (3 small ones) with the juice of the left over limes (~1.5? it’s a bit of a blur) with an enormous slug of vodka, and served it over lots of ice in a crystal tumbler with lime wedge. This was also excellent and produced the desired effect with even less effort.

1 cup = approx 235mL

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