Friday, May 22, 2009

It's a Boy!

Congratulations are in order for my great friends, Katie and Jon, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy (Katie did the hard part). I couldn't be more excited for them! In their honor, I would like to share the signature cocktail that I created for their baby shower last month.

I got the idea for this drink from the soda called Squirt. I can't seem to find it readily on the east coast, not that I am even a regular soda drinker, but I grew up loving this soda. And since Katie and Jon and I are all from Michigan, I thought it had that insider-y element that great cocktails possess.

Since I was essentially creating a homemade, alcoholic version of the soda (my homage to the amazing makers of Squirt), I thought that a twist on the name was required. Hence, The Little Squirt was born (no pun intended! actually it was). The name was a nod to it's origin as well as a double entendre for the occasion.

Please enjoy the drink (I know I will) and make a toast!

*A note on flavored vodkas (which my recipe calls for): Not all flavored vodkas a very good, or, really ANY good. I've even begun making my own infusions because some of the flavored varieties that are for sale taste downright awful. However, I discovered Danzka grapefruit flavored vodka while traveling abroad a few years ago, and highly recommend it. It's become increasingly difficult to find in NYC so when I'm not able to shop duty free, I will substitute Finlandia grapefruit flavored vodka.

The Little Squirt

2 ounces grapefruit flavored vodka

1 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice

Club Soda

1 strip grapefruit zest

1. Pour the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake briskly and pour the contents, including ice, into a highball glass. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with grapefruit zest.

Alternatively (for The Little Squirt served up):

1. Pour the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake briskly and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with grapefruit zest.



Jennifer said...

This looks delic. Perfect for the porch on a hot summer day. Can't wait to try.

WendyB said...

Can you make the font for your note a little smaller? I can still read it!

Tina said...

I tried to make the type smaller, but that was my smallest option! Get out your magnifying glass, lol! (It's actually a mistake that blogger wouldn't let me fix!)

mega said...

Squirt is THE all time best soda in the world! i can't wait to make this adult version of my high school favorite. thanks T!