Day 228, Cocktail 226
One of my first and most famous cocktails was on the agenda Thursday night, all by happenstance. This cocktail was originally invented two years ago for the Christmas holidays and made its debut at the NID Christmas cocktail party. Andrea, in particular, enjoyed this cocktail so much that we had to change the name from the Sleigh Ride to the Sleigh Wreck. According to Andrea, “Too many of these and you’ll be dancing like an elf with a tablecloth on your head! hahahaha Wrecked me for the whole next day!!!”
So Thursday I stopped by the Klavier for a quick cocktail and Chris Peters, the owner, was there. She offered up a Sleigh Wreck to celebrate it hitting the menu there. Woo hoo, the big time now, on a lounge menu! Later that night I was at Ivee’s for my usual Beat Stan at Trivia night and again was offered a Sleigh Wreck by Davey. Twice in one night!
So, with out further adieu, The Sleigh Wreck:
- 1-1/2 oz Plymouth gin
- 1/2 oz Chambord
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 2 oz cranberry juice
Combine the ingredients in a shaker and shake, shake, shake to mix and chill. Strain into a large cocktail glass (I use my 6 oz glass) and garnish with 3-4 fresh cranberries.
This is a sure fire winner with a slight rasberry flavor from the Chambord. Not too sweet, and not too boozy, too many of these and you’ll be wrecking your sleigh, so be careful!
Day 182, Cocktail 177
Yesterday marked the start of the Halloween “season”, at least for me. Just like I don’t think Christmas should last for 6 months, I don’t think Halloween should last the entire month of October – a week is enough for me.
As we did last year, Gwen and I headed to the Hartford Jaycees haunted house in Slinger with the Newcomers group. We had a total of six of us and the girls made good work of a flask to add some entertainment to the 90 minute wait. Finally, our group was called and it was through the haunted forest and then all three levels of the house. If you’re looking for a haunted house this Halloween, definately give the Hartford Jaycess a try!
Also, as we did last year, we started at the Klavier Lounge in Germantown. This was a our meeting point and a good place for a cocktail. Kris Peters has done a great job of bringing an upscale lounge to Germantown with good cocktails and a great atmosphere. The Klavier features a long list of house speciality cocktails. I had the Majesty’s Pomegranate and it was delicious!
- Ketel One Citrus Vodka
- grapefruit juice
- pomegranage juice
- lime juice
The juices all blend very well together, with the lime and grapefruit mellowing out the sweetness of the pomegranate. There is just enough Ketel One to let you know that it is there, but its not overpowering. It really is a very good blend of fruity and boozy — just right!
Enjoy your Halloween season!