I’ve said here before that the Moscow Mule is one of, if not, my favorite cocktail. It was a Moscow Mule I had at Seattle Underground that served as half of the inspiration for this entire series of posts. So, when I see variants on the recipe, I’m developing my own right now, I’m excited to try them. This variant swaps out vodka for Applejack, as a cider fan I was excited to give it a shot.
- 1 1/2 oz. of Applejack
- 1/2 oz. of fresh lime juice
- Dash of Angostura bitters
- Ginger beer
Combine applejack, lime juice, and bitters in a shaker full of ice. Shake. Strain into an ice filled glass (or go traditional with a copper mug!), top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.
Oh, wow, that is nice! The Applejack is so smooth and crisp. The ginger beer is so sharp and spicy. The bitters bring it all together. This is good. I don’t know if it’s Moscow Mule good, I’ll have to have a few more of both of them to decide that, but it is good. Washington’s Mule is also fairly light and I think it would make a good apertif or digestif. Or drink it on a hot day or warm evening out on the patio, that’s what I plan on doing…
I loved LEGO as a kid. I had several castle sets, a Robin Hood set, a pirate ship and lair sets, and buckets and buckets of random pieces that my brother and I would play with endlessly on Sunday afternoons after church. Some of my fondest memories are tied up with the little plastic bricks and the hours I spent with nothing but them and my imagination.
Childhood doesn’t last forever. And I didn’t go into architecture or design. AND I don’t have whole afternoons and evenings to dedicate to building castles in the clouds… I also don’t have any of those LEGOs anymore. They’re still at my parents. Where, I have been told they will remain, for the grandchildren (when they come) to play with when they are at grandma and grandpa’s. I still love them though. I still love putting them together, flipping through the build guide, imagining what other ways the pieces could be combined (and they can be combined in some really fascinating ways). It’s all just so much fun!
Occasionally to scratch that building itch, to re-experience the feeling of building, I’ll head into a store and pick up a small set to fiddle with. Over the weekend I was in Target picking up some odds and ends and I saw this tiny LEGO set of the Millennium Falcon:
There were seven other tiny little Star Wars related sets as well and I was sorely tempted to pick up the Star Destroyer or the TIE Interceptor as well… I didn’t but I thought about it. I just picked up this one and then I put it together:
Saturday was National Margarita Day (February 22) and so I decided to make a margarita despite featuring one recently. I couldn’t do just another plain ol’ margarita either. D had me covered though with this spicy take on the cocktail she had seen online. This take on the familiar cocktail used grapefruit instead of lemons or lime and substituted a simple syrup for triplesec. Not just any simple syrup though, this one has cayenne pepper in it.
I was skeptical when D described the recipe to me, but she prevailed on me to make it and now, after drinking it, I’m glad she did!
Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas
- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. cayenne simple syrup (see below)
- 4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
Rim glasses (this cocktail is not usually served in a margarita glass, we used mason jars) with either salt or sugar (I use a sugar cayenne pepper mix.) Place ice in glasses, add tequila, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice. Adjust juice and syrup for your desired level of sweetness. Stir well.
Cayenne Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Combine the sugar, water and cayenne in a small saucepot and bring to a simmer. Stir so that all sugar melts then remove from heat and cool in the fridge. You’ll want to do this an hour or so before you make the drinks as you’ll want the syrup to be chilled before making the cocktail.
I love the colors of this drink a deep ruby red at the bottom from the grapefruit juice and pulp shading lighter as you approach the mouth of the jar. Through out are little flecks of cayenne pepper. This is a delicious drink. Perfect for hot afternoons or warm evenings (the kind we’re having right now in California, sadly…) The sourness of the grapefruit is perfectly offset by the spicy sweetness of the syrup. A lovely drink. I’m thinking I’m going to have to keep some of this pre-made in the freezer as well…