Friday, June 26, 2009
Happiness in a Glass
This happened to me last Saturday night. Margaritas seemed too citrusy for my mood and my usual alternative - a martini - seemed too dull and somber, like the rain falling outside. It was day 22 in a row or something of solid rain in New York and I was officially becoming affected by it. I needed perking up.
I quickly went to work with a mix of fruits and juices I had on hand (partially inspired by Sarabeth's 'Five Flowers' breakfast beverage.) When all was pulverized and chilled by the blender, you couldn't even make out one particular flavor. Not too sharp, not too sweet, just right.
A few sips later things seemed to look up. I'm not peddling alcohol by any means here - I really think the brightness of the juice orgy perked up my neurons as much or more as the vodka - but I decided right then and there to name the drink Happiness.
I mean, if someone offered you a glass of Happiness, would you really turn them down?
Happiness, in a Glass
Makes 1 pitcher full, about 4 drinks
juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup of best quality orange juice
1 cup of apple juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup vodka (or to taste)
1 1/2-2 cups of ice
In a blender, mix all of the juices with the honey to break it down for a few seconds. Add the vodka and ice and pulse again until all is well blended.
Serve nice and cold (you can throw the leftovers in the freezer until you're ready for them.)