Lumberjack Margarita

Lumberjack Margarita

Generally speaking, I’m against margaritas being served on the rocks.  I am a frozen margarita advocate, staunchly – even passionately.  And yet, here I am posting an on-the-rocks margarita.  This isn’t just any margarita, though.  In fact, this probably shouldn’t even be called a margarita.  I just thought that Lumberjack Margarita had such a fantastic ring to it.  I’m gonna say it again, not just for the Search Engine Optimization, but because I’m just so damn proud of it.  The Lumberjack Margarita.

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So, typically, a margarita is made with tequila.  That’s kind of a defining characteristic.  Not this one.  It’s gin, gin, and nothing but gin.  Gives it that foresty feel.  And to reinforce that northern wasteland vibe, I’ve sweetened the Lumberjack Margarita with maple syrup, instead of simple syrup.  This has two advantages.  One, it tastes awesome, and gives this drink a really unique depth.  Two, and this one is key, you don’t have to make the maple syrup yourself.  It’s already made.  BOOM.  Sorry, I meant, TIMMMMMBERRRRRRRRR.  Make sure you’re using real maple syrup, and not artificially maple-flavored high fructose crap.  The fake stuff just won’t give you the proper flavor.

To make the Lumberjack Margarita, start by putting your ice in a glass.  Next, add 3 ounces of gin.  Add 1/2 oz of real maple syrup.  Juice two limes, and add the juice to the gin.  Then, add as much ice as you’d like, and fill the glass up with soda water.  I know, margaritas don’t usually have soda water either.  Really, the only reason I’m getting away with calling this a margarita is the lime juice.  And the fact that it’s my blog, and I do what I want!



The Spa Day Cocktail

The Spa Day Cocktail

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I’ve had a rough couple of months or so.  Actually, I think it’s just been one month, but it felt longer.  It was awful.  My SodaStream was on the fritz.  Worst First World problem ever!  Especially for a cocktail-lover, like myself.  Buuuuuuut it’s back now, and I’m so happy!  To celebrate that, and the lavender syrup I made yesterday, I present you to . . . The Spa Day cocktail!  I call it that because it has soothing lavender, and because cucumbers will always be equated with spa water in my mind.

I used pickling cucumbers, because I had them from my farm share, and because their strong flavor means you don’t have to muddle!  I love muddling things like herbs and berries, but since cucumbers look so classy floating in a drink, I hate to ruin that by pounding them into mush.  Pickling cucumbers allow you to get the flavor in the drink without ruining the aesthetics.  If you just have regular cukes, you can always muddle some and use more as garnish, or just muddle, and not worry about how it looks. 

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If you are muddling, do that first.  Put 4-5 cucumbers in the bottom of a collins glass, add a splash of gin, and mush them up with a muddler or the back of a spoon.  If you’re not muddling, just put in the cucumber slices, and move straight to adding the booze.  

You’ll add two ounces of tequila, and a half an ounce of gin.  Next, add about half an ounce of lavender syrup, and stir.  

Then fill a separate glass with ice, fill it with soda water, and then stir to chill the soda.  If you store soda water in the fridge, you can disregard this step. 

Pour the soda into the collins glass with the rest of the ingredients.  Stir again, and sip . . . and relaaaaaaaax.  


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