Writing this blog is so hard. I mean, just last night I was sitting in a bar asking the bartender to “Surprise me!” and make me something fun and summery. All for the sake of this blog. I know, right?!
I have been wanting to bring you weekly cocktail recipes on Fridays so you can go into your weekend with some fun new ideas. I absolutely love trying new cocktails. It’s one of my favorite things to do. But, it’s challenging to make a new cocktail each week without totally breaking the bank buying all the ingredients. Orange bitters, Angostura bitters, cointreau, curaçao, simple syrup, not to mention all that actual liquor. I said as much to my blogging friend and blogging co-conspirator K.C. (her blog Word Savvy is so great) and she recommended I just go out and order the drink. It’s like the heavens opened up and the angels sang. The idea was that good.
So back to last night when I asked the bartender to surprise me, and out came something called The Great Gatsby. Made from three simple ingredients: grapefruit juice, Lillet Blanc, and vodka, it was light and a tad sweet but not overly so. The flavors were bright thanks to the citrus. It was refreshing and easy to drink after a sweaty round of golf. If you want a sweeter cocktail you could add a few drops of simple syrup or a sugared rim. My bartender served it up in a martini glass, but you could also serve it in a stemless wine glass with ice.
Overall I give it an 8/10 and will probably buy some Lillet Blanc so I can make this easily at home. It would be a fun alternative to a vodka tonic and just as easy to make. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
- 2 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add vodka, Lillet Blanc, and grapefruit juice. Stir until cold. Strain into ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lemon or lime twist.
So, three cheers for the Great Gatsby! Happy Weekend!