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Happy Hour: Rye Mule | Relishing It

Today’s cocktail is a lovely little three-ingredient number that is simple to make, and tastes fantastic.  This is a thirst quenching cocktail and I suppose you could even say that it can be a bit dangerous.  It’s one of those where you taste no alcohol– you’ve been warned.  The rye melds into the sea of ginger beer and lime, giving it the flavor of a crafted soda rather than an alcoholic beverage.   The lime offers a refreshing zing, while the ginger beer lends a subtle “bite”.  We happen to love this drink, and are so thankful to a certain friend from my husband’s hometown for introducing it to us (you know who you are D.S.).

Happy Hour: Rye Mule | Relishing It

I suppose I should note that you certainly don’t need to use a high-end rye for this drink.  In fact, it’s almost silly to do so.  The one I used was all we had in the house, but normally we use Bulleit Rye.  It works just fine, and is reasonably priced.  You may have noticed that I didn’t photograph the ginger beer.  My favorite brand is not very photogenic (it comes in a silver can), but I’ll tell it to you anyway.  I like “Gosling’s” ginger beer– it has a nice/strong ginger flavor, but more importantly– it’s really carbonated!  There are so many lovely bottles of ginger beer available nowadays, but I find that many of them really lack carbonation.  So,  I’ll be sticking to Gosling’s…in the ugly can.  Unless any of you have a good recommendation?  It’s almost the weekend, friends.  Cheers to you!

Happy Hour: Rye Mule | Relishing It

The Recipe: Rye Mule

(makes 1)

2 ounces Rye

4 ounces ginger beer

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Fill a high-ball cocktail glass with ice.  Add the rye, ginger beer, and lime juice.  Mix with a stirring stick.  Drink. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by Relishing it!

Laurie

 

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Corpse Reviver No. 2 | Relishing It

The weekend is almost here, and I’m getting a little more giddy by the hour.  I’m smiling thinking of all the possible things to do.  That’s the brilliant thing about Friday, isn’t it?  It’s the potential.   This weekend we don’t have any concrete plans yet, and that makes my mind wander all the more.  Shall we explore these two great cities we live in a bit?  Take a drive out to the farm that’s been growing our CSA food? Find a beautiful lake or river to relax by?  As evening rolls around, perhaps have a cockta…?  Oh wait, that last one was a silly question.  Of course we’ll be having a cocktail.

Corpse Reviver No. 2 | Relishing It

In fact, I can say with some certainty that I’ll be having this cocktail– the Corpse Reviver No. 2.  It is without a doubt one of my favorite summer drinks.  Radd first introduced it to me last year and it was love at first taste.  He had been out of town, walked into a cocktail bar, and asked the bartender to make something “interesting.”  This is what he got (along with the recipe) and it blew him away.  We’ve been making it ever since.

So what’s with the weird name?  Apparently it was an old hangover cure that would revive your corpse after a long night in the pub.  It was first listed in the Savoy Cocktail Handbook by Harry Craddock in 1930, so it has been around for awhile.

Corpse Reviver No. 2 | Relishing It

This cocktail basically tastes like jacked-up lemonade with a twist.  That twist being a hint of anise flavor from the absinthe rinse.  It’s subtle and oh-so-very intriguing!  It’s a perfect sipping cocktail when it’s hot outside and the sun is shining down.  If you make this– I’m almost certain you will love it.  Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  Cheers!

Corpse Reviver No. 2 | Relishing It

The Recipe: Corpse Reviver No. 2

(serves 1)

1 oz. gin

1 oz. Cointreau (or Triple Sec)

1 oz. Lillet blanc

1 oz. freshly-squeezed lemon juice

Absinthe rinse.

Combine and shake the gin, Cointreau, Lillet, and lemon juice over ice and let rest for a minute or so.  While the ingredients are resting, pour about a half teaspoon of absinthe into a well-chilled cocktail glass and roll the glass allowing the absinthe to coat the sides.  Discard the absinthe that remains in the glass.  Give the ingredients another shake and strain it into your absinthe-rinsed glass.  Serve with a lemon twist.

Thanks for visiting Relishing It!  See you next week.

Laurie

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