It’s been a busy, busy couple of weeks.
Family visits, fighting “the man” to get my business paperwork pushed through, a near death brush with a rouge mixer paddle, wedding planning, menu development, stepping up my workout schedule due to an unfortunate run in with my bedroom mirror while wearing last years’ ill-fitting shorts
& thinking about writing a new blog post…
This blog is going to be about whiskey.
Strong, delicious whiskey.
Yeah, I know it’s Monday….
Now don’t go signing me up for any AA meetings just yet.
I’m just not your typical “fruity drink” kinda gal.
I’ll take a smooth whiskey on the rocks over anything with an umbrella any day.
I hate to admit it, but sugary drinks started to give me headaches
& heartburn sometime after I hit 26.
I know, I know. I’m a grumpy ol’ bitty with a sensitive GI tract.
But I accept this about myself & embrace it.
Gone are the days of sticky Midori Sours, Washington Apples,
& the mystical, magical concoction that is a Purple Hooter shooter.
(Yes, it’s a thing. Google it.)
But every once in a while, a girl likes to feel a little fancy.
So I took my precious whiskey on the rocks & gave it a deliciously simple yet sophisticated upgrade.
I’m not saying this is now my go-to drink, I’m just saying it’s been a long week, Mondays are my weekend, & I could really use some fancy so why the heck not??
This post is going to be short & to the point.
Whiskey, sugar, lemon juice, club soda, ice & a maraschino cherry to step up the fancy.
Although my favorite kind of whiskey is a little known brand called Red Breast, it’s also $68 a bottle so there’s no way I’m adding lemon juice to it. I think my heart would turn a little blacker if I ever saw someone doing that to Red Breast…
So for this recipe I used Jameson Irish Whiskey because quite frankly, I had a coupon for it & it’s never done me wrong in the past.
Again, don’t judge me or my coupons.
Just to put this out there, in no way have any of these companies endorsed this blog, I just happen to have used them.
Any whiskey will do, it just depends on your preference.
A good little tip for everyone out there: 2 oz of alcohol is approximately the same as 1 normal shot glass. And really, if it’s a little more, no one is going to mind one bit. I promise 🙂
The Lemon Juice
If you don’t want to measure out 1/2 oz or 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, it will take around 1 lemon to get a tablespoon of juice. Just make sure to strain the juice before adding to your cocktail so you don’t end up eating the seeds.
We are already drinking on a Monday, people…we don’t have to be animals about it, too.
Add a tablespoon of sugar to the mix & stir to dissolve. I started by adding a little sugar at a time because I wanted to control the sweetness, but I ended up adding a whole tablespoon!
That lemon was NO JOKE.
The Club Soda
Add a splash of club soda to cut the harshness of lemon & whiskey…& the extra fizz doesn’t hurt 🙂
Add a little ice, a little cherry & there you go.
A very retro-looking, very simple, very relaxing cocktail.
- 2 oz whiskey
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice***
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- Splash of club soda (to taste)
- 1 maraschino cherry
- Put whiskey, lemon juice & sugar in a glass.
- Stir mixture until sugar has dissolved.
- Add a splash of club soda to taste.
- Add ice, lemon wedge & maraschino cherry to garnish.
- *Lemon juice can be swapped out for any citrus juice! Orange juice works well as does mango lemonade! Just omit or alter the sugar when adding sweetened juices.
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