I am back from a very long hiatus that involved yoga teacher training, a career change, concerts, a couple of weddings, cocktails, traveling, some house guests and some much needed time spent frolicking on the beach. I am happy to be back and I am so excited to share all of the new recipes that I have been working on. While I get all of my ducks in a row, I thought that it would be fun to have a guest blogger, so I asked my wife Derika if she would mind sharing her famous cocktail with all of you.
Bloggy Friends, I would like you to meet Derika, my first guest blogger on glitterspice.com and I am sure it won’t be my last. We hope you enjoy her killer cocktail recipe… just in time for summer!
There’s a wonderful little revival of craft cocktails happening around the country where mixologists are using fresh ingredients, high quality alcohol and a good dose of innovation to wow the pallet. I’ve long dreamt of becoming a bartender and quite often channel a little Tom Cruise in the movie ‘Cocktail’ when mixing things up around the house for friends, though I still cannot catch bottles flying through the air. One libation I’ve come to crave is something we call a Ruby Ginger Drop. It’s refreshing, it’s alcoholic and it makes me want to sit in the sunshine all afternoon so it’s become a staple in our household.
Ingredients for 2 servings are as follows:
- Juice from 2 freshly-squeezed, large ruby grapefruits
- 3oz ginger vodka (Yazi is a great brand)
- 1oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (if you haven’t tried it, be prepared to fall in love)
- Splash of bitters (you can get creative here as there are so many options out there these days)
- Splash of club soda
- Shavings of fresh ginger
Mix the first four ingredients, shake and strain into a fancy/funky glass (glassware can be just as important as the ingredients in presentation) filled with ice. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with some shaved ginger and a ruby grapefruit wedge. I highly recommend you be near a balcony or patio for maximum enjoyment. Your friends may never leave.