Bar Therapy / Foodie Alert

Seasonal Simplicity

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Once upon a time I thought the Long Island was the easiest drink to order at a bar.  It’s a popular choice, features enough liquor to keep you going for a while and has to be one of the first drinks you learn at mixology school or on the job.  After several ( and I mean several) horribly unique versions of this classic drink I moved on to another New York inspired drink, the Manhattan. I have yet to come across a poorly made version and during the brisk winter months this drink keeps the chill from reaching bones.  However, the weather is getting reasonably nicer and I need something a bit lighter to order that is simple enough to yell out the directions in a crowded bar when I get that “ummm that’s not on my list of drinks” stare from the bartender. Don’t you just hate that look?

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Anywho, enter the Blinker and it’s three ingredients including the currently in season grapefruit. You can never go wrong with whiskey (says the self-proclaimed whiskey girl) and drinking grapefruit juice is something of a daily habit of mine since it helps speed up your metabolism. So not only am getting a drink with a strong liquor base but its going to help me burn off those amazing tapas I just ate.  Talk about a win win situation.  Check out the recipe below and happy Hump Day.

 

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Ice
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon raspberry syrup
Twist of lemon peel or fresh raspberry skewer for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the rye, grapefruit juice and raspberry syrup. Shake well, then double strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the twist of lemon peel.

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