Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Some days, you just need a cocktail

In case you've been under a rock for the past two days, we're getting a *hell* of a snowstorm here in New England.

First, they said 7-12 inches. Then 12-15. Then 15-18. 22 inches of snow later, I am paying children to do manual labor so I don't have to, and it's time for a cocktail.

This isn't anything special or fancy (especially because we haven't been able to leave the house in 24 hours), and I just used ingredients we had on hand. It's great tonight, but really would be great anytime.

It may be 20 degrees, it may still be snowing, we may have 20-something inches of snow on the ground, and baby, it's cold outside... but this cocktail will warm you right up.

(1 shot/1 ounce vodka per person/serving)

1 ounce (or 1 shot) vodka
1 ounce pear juice
2 tablespoons cranberry juice
2 pieces of canned mandarin orange
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Cocktail shaker
Martini glass

In an ice tray, evenly divide water, cranberry juice and canned mandarin orange between 2 cube spots. Freeze for 3 hours or until solid.

Wet the edge of the martini glass and dip in sugar to frost the edges of the glass. You can also use juice in place of water.

Combine pear juice and vodka in cocktail shaker, and add ice cubes. Shake for 20 seconds, pour into glass.

Enjoy! :-)