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Day 179, Cocktail 175

What do the Electric Light Orchestra and The Wizard of Oz have in common?  About as much as the name of tonight’s cocktail and the actual drink, that’s what.

I got home late and tired.  After a quick dinner I was ready for a fast and easy cocktail to enjoy while I watched last week’s episode of The Office on the DVR.  I grabbed the Ultimate Bar Book and started thumbing through the vodka section.  I stumbled upon the Ruby Martini, which I will not refer to again by that name (you regulars know why).  It looked good so I gave it a whirl.

  Ruby Cocktail

  • 1-1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 oz cranberry juice

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled coupe.  Rim the glass with a lemon peel and then twist the peel over the glass and drop it in.

The first thing that strikes me is the blue color of the cocktail.  It’s blue.  Really, really blue.  Why it’s called the Ruby Cocktail is beyond me.  After that it is a pleasant enough cocktail, with notes of orange and cranberry flavors.  However, it’s not going to make the pantheon of cocktails I’m chomping at the bit to have again.


Day 105, Cocktail 105

Gwen and Tina went to see Wicked at the Marcus Center tonight and by the time they got back home they were ready for a wicked cocktail.  Oh, it was also supposed to be green, which started to limit the possibilities (since all my cocktails are wicked).  In fact, with no Midori at the Twilight Lounge it was either Tyku or green Cream de Menthe.  A coin toss later, Cream de Menthe won.  Now, what to do with it?  I’ve been messing around with gin and cream de menthe for a while now.  Out came the shaker, Plymouth and Cream de Menthe.  Hmmm, still a bit too minty.  According to Gwen and Tina it was an elderberry elixir that turned the witch green.  Well, I don’t have any elderberry, but I do have elderflower liqueur.  So, a bit of St. Germain later, and the Emerald Witch was born.

  Emerald Witch

  • 1-1/2 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1/8 oz Creme de Menthe
  • 1/4 oz St. Germain

Combine in a shaker with ice.  You know the drill.  Strain into a chilled coupe.

This worked out well, and the girls seemed to like it.  The St. Germain helps mellow the Creme de Menthe and the gin provides the structure for this one.  So go see Wicked or fire up The Wizard of Oz on your DVD player, mix up a pitcher of Emerald Witches and enjoy the show!