What good is a food web site without something to enjoy it with…like a good drink? I named this page “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” because my partner and I always say that to each other when it’s time for a drink. Here are some great cocktails that you can try when the 5 O’clock hour rolls around.
Lillet and Champagne Cocktail
Here’s a cocktail I’d never thought of until I ate at Grendel’s Den is Harvard Square, the restaurant that turned me on to Hummus. I’ve kept a bottle of Lillet in my fridge ever since that day. This is an especially great drink during the summer when you’re sitting outside in the warm weather enjoying a cookout and the company of good friends.
And it’s equally good with Prosecco. So, you’ve got a choice.
1/2 cup Lillet
Champagne or Prosecco
Place a half cup cold Lillet in a chilled champagne flute. Add a few ice cubes. Top with champagne or prosecco, and add an orange twist.
I was inspired to create this little gem when I went to one of my favorite restaurants and tried it. It was amazing. I didn’t ask for the recipe. I simply tried very hard to duplicate it on my own. To create this masterpiece, you first have to infuse vodka with both lavender and rosemary. I grow rosemary in my back yard, so there is no problem there. Lavender, on the other hand, has to be culinary-grade. You can order it off of Amazon, or you see if your local natural food stores carry it in bulk. I will give you my recipe here for both the drink and the infusion! And, of course, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t use a nasty vodka. I use Tito’s.
You need the fresh-squeezed lime juice for the tartness, but you also need a sweeter lime substance to offset it a bit. I use Simply Limeade.
2 oz lavender-rosemary infused vodka
1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
1.5 oz Simply Limeade
Fresh lime slices (for garnishing)
Place shaved ice in a cocktail shaker and add all ingredients. Shake like you mean it. You can either strain the contents into a gimlet glass, or pour the whole shebang in (including the ice). Garnish with a lime.
How to Make Lavender-Rosemary Vodka
Get yourself an infuser. I use a whole fifth of Tito’s Vodka for this, saving the bottle for after the infusion is done.
1 bottle high-quality vodka
2 fresh Rosemary sprigs, about 4″ long
3 tablespoons culinary-grade lavender flowers
Pour all ingredients into a glass infuser (or a glass jar that is big enough to hold a fifth of vodka). Allow it to sit for 3 days at room temperature.
Strain the vodka through cheesecloth into a 4-cup measuring cup. Use a funnel to pour the vodka back into its bottle. Keep in the freezer.
Good Karma’s Ultimate Crossover
This is basically a cross between a Bellini and a Martini. Before you drink, a warning: It is all alcohol (except for the fresh lemon juice and ice). For this drink, you don’t need to break the bank on the champagne. I prefer Chandon, but Korbel Brut is fine also. This cocktail is delicious! I warn you, it’s like Lays Potato Chips. You can’t drink just one.
Now, how much champagne you pour into this drink is entirely up to you. I happen to love the champagne portion of this drink, so I tend to increase the amount.
Regardless of what you do, it can’t be beat.
1 oz. Absolut or Ketel One Citron
1 oz. Chambord
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Take a martini glass and rub the inside and rim with the lemon. Place it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
Pour 1 oz. of Absolut or Ketel One Citron, 1 oz. of Chambord and 1 oz. of fresh lemon juice over crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake like you mean it.
Take the martini glass out of the freezer and pour the contents of the shaker into the chilled martini glass (including the ice). Top with very, very cold champagne and serve with a lemon twist.
I used to drink Belvedere Vodka, and then I discovered Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Smoother at half the price, folks. In fact, I was so inspired by this stuff that I named my dog Tito (although we told the kids we named him after Terry Francona, the former Red Sox manager). Hey, we have to look somewhat responsible.
This is one of those drinks that sets the world straight on the morning after the night before. I have to admit that I used to have many, many more of those mornings when I was much younger, but nevertheless…shit still does happen. It’s a simple remedy.
6 oz of icy cold grapefruit juice
2 oz of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
For the record, I keep my vodka in the freezer. However, your grapefruit juice has to be icy cold as well. If your fridge isn’t up to the task, I’d put the grapefruit juice over shaved ice and shake the hell out of it. Then strain it into a whiskey glass.
Very carefully, ladle two ounces of icy cold Tito’s Handmade Vodka on top. Don’t mix it. Simply flip it. (That means you drink it down.) Okay, if you can’t handle that, you can drink it more slowly. And okay, you can cut the Tito’s down to one ounce if you must. I understand.
This is a great brunch drink.
The Ultimate Good Karma Flirtini
This is a very nice drink any time and for any occasion. You’ll need a big, fat martini glass for this one. When you order this at a restaurant, it’s often served without the ice. I always prefer keeping the ice in the drink, so I request mine with the shaved ice right in the drink. You can always request your ice on the side in a separate glass.
1 oz of vodka (preferably, of course, Tito’s)
1 oz of Cointreau
1 oz of pineapple juice
About 3 oz champagne
1 pineapple slice
Pour Tito’s vodka, Cointreau and pineapple juice over shaved ice in a shaker. Shake like you mean it. Pour the contents (including the ice) into a martini glass. Top off with ice cold champagne and garnish with pineapple slice.