April 20, 2013

New York Sour

Alex’s birthday is coming up and it makes me think about how old we are getting.  We are very close to our late twenties.  To some that will be laughable: so young!  To others, it may seem ancient.  To me it means many things depending on the situation. 

I feel old when...
  1. I tell people I have a husband.
  2. I have to do things like taxes.
  3. I have to make all my own appointments (doctor etc.), remember when they are, go to them,  pay for them, and submit insurance claims. 
  4. I don’t buy everything I want at the grocery store (mostly) because that would result in carts   full of chips.  
  5. I have to do things that I don’t like doing even though when I was a kid I couldn’t wait to do whatever I wanted when I was older.  

I feel young when...
  1. I don’t have kids.
  2. I get asked for ID at the LCBO.
  3. I like sprinkles on everything.
  4. All I want at the grocery store is bags of chips.
  5. I wear a (pink) backpack to work.
This cocktail is a mix of young and old.  The whiskey sour.  One of the first things you order at a bar because it’s easy and it doesn’t taste horrible.  Young.

And red wine.  One of the things you develop a taste for (maybe) as you grow up.  Old. 

When you put them together you get me.  Young and old, depending on how you sip it.  The wine makes the whiskey sour taste more like a sangria.  The layering is just fancy.  

We are totally ready to go to a club, line up to get in, dance until 2am, then hit up McDonald’s for a post club Big Mac... but first I think I’ll take a nap...

The New York Sour
From Bon Appetit magazine

2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey of your choice
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup (recipe follows: it’s simple)
1/2 oz fruity red wine like Shiraz or Malbec

Combine whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake for around 30 seconds, until the shaker is very cold.  Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice.  Carefully layer the red wine on top of the drink by pouring it slowly over the back of a spoon held just above the liquid level. 

Simple Syrup

Combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat, stirring gently, until sugar dissolves.  Pour into a jar or bottle to store.

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