I enjoy a good cocktail, a glass of wine or a light beer occasionally. I tend to go through periods where I will only crave wine or a spicy Bloody Mary or just beer, and it can last for weeks or months. I’m not a frequent alcohol drinker, but after dinner or while I’m out with friends, I will indulge. This past weekend, we visited New York because I attended a Getting Gorgeous event, so we decided to make it a romantic weekend getaway for the two of us.
D and I love to explore; we talk about traveling frequently, but this was the first trip we’d been on together since we started dating (By the way, saying the words ‘dating’ or ‘boyfriend’ in my mid-30s sounds both ridiculous and adorable to me). We made dinner reservations at a small wine bar – with no signage – called In Vino in the NoHo district of Manhattan. I loved this restaurant, and I will discuss it further in the next post about our food discoveries.
On the way to dinner, which was a beautiful walk, we stopped at this bar along our route called Swift Hibernian Lounge. It was a fun and charming bar, complete with an Irish bartender that resembled Hugh Jackman. That, my friends, is not a bad find. Of course, he completely disagreed, commenting that if he really looked like Hugh Jackman, he’d not be behind that bar. This man, my little Hugh Jackman-wannabe, recommended to me the most delicious drink in existence, or at least in that bar. With his accent, I couldn’t really understand what he called it and I thought he’d concocted it himself, but no – it’s a real drink (I finally realized the name after looking at the menu) and it’s absolutely amazing!
2 oz. Beefeater gin
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup (see below)
1/2 oz. crème de mûre
Use your handy-dandy cocktail shaker, fill it with ice, and shake together the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. (Simple syrup is equal parts of hot water and sugar, cooled to room temp, and store in your refrigerator until you’re ready to use)
Important: Use crushed ice. So much better with this drink (although I had whole ice cubes, but they kept smacking me in the face with each sip). But, crushed ice also helps with dilution. Put ice into glass (about half full or more), pour drink mix into glass and drizzle the crème de mûre over the top. Add two blackberries. Enjoy and think of me (required).
So this has become my new fave drink for summer for two reasons; first, it’s absolutely delicious and second, it’s berry flavored and light. It also packs a super power punch so you don’t need many.
I attended an event called Getting Gorgeous (more on that in another post) and one of the sponsors of the event was Bacardi! Attendees were among the first to try their new light drinks, including Mojito and Pina Colada. Bacardi was brilliant, setting up a booth that allowed us to create our own drinks using their new drink mixes with a variety of sugars and garnishes – they even had edible flowers! Their new drinks are under 95 calories so they’re perfect for summer.
Did I mention that we stopped at a street vendor for this amazing hat for my adorable D?