Tonight, I made some Southern Boys! It's a damp rainy September night and this drink is helping bring back a taste of summer...well, that and we'll be watching the latest train wreck installment of Jersey Shore that we have on the dvr!
Cheers and enjoy...Martha
The Southern Boy
7 mint leaves
Maker's Mark bourbon
Tear up the mint leaves and put them in the bottom of a tall glass. Add 1-2 table spoons full of simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like things) and muddle the mint (you can use a wooden spoon if you don't won a muddler). Add about 1-2 ounces (or a jigger) of Maker's Mark. Fill glass with ice, fill with ginger ale. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass and drop it in. Stir once and enjoy!
A few years ago we were down at our best friend's in Delaware and we went with them to a party in their neighborhood. A man offered me a drink and told me they were the best margaritas...I had to try one...it was called a Jim Doyle Margarita or something after some guy who used to make them. I accepted the drink, smiled and told him I knew how good they were, Jim Doyle was my father.
1 can frozen lime aide
Dump the can of frozen lime aide in the blender. Fill emptied lime aide can with tequilla, dump in blender. Fill can with triple sec, dump in blender. Fill can with ice, dump in blender (duh!) Mix well. Pour into glasses and top each portion with a splash of Grand Marnier and a wedge of lime.
Cheers! XOXO MarthaTo hear more of the story behind the Jim Doyle Memorial Margarita click HERE
A little background info - I love to decorate, scavenge flea markets, travel, cook, read and of course, drink cocktails! I was born in NY, moved to PA when I was one, went to school and worked in NJ until I finally moved there when I married my hubby. Seven years later brought a move to OH (where I couldn’t find decent bread to save my life!), then back to NJ four years ago. I have twin girls who just started middle school. Our whole family loves to cook. My husband Steve often cooks with the girls and making meatballs is one of their favorites. I crave Grimaldi’s white pizza, love to make Thanksgiving dinner (the secret is cooking the turkey upside down at high heat then flipping it over and lowering the heat to keep the breasts from drying out), and admit that I am a meat and potatoes kind of girl.
I take my cocktails very seriously.
Gone are the days when I would buy the giant bottle of red table wine and serve it during Thanksgiving dinner! I’m no wine snob, but I wonder how I drank that stuff! Luckily, our tastes change over time – hopefully for the better. I now love a great glass of pinot noir, a tart margarita with freshly squeezed lime juice and a rock-salted rim, and one of my new favorites, the Cielo Rosso (Italian for red sky).
When I read that this cocktail won a mixology competition in Vegas a couple of years ago, I had to try it. So off I went to the supermarket for fresh grapefruits and lemons. Luckily my house is always stocked with vodka (don’t judge), so I just needed to buy the Campari and make a quick batch of simple syrup (mix equal parts water and sugar, boil, cool, use and store extra in fridge). Finally, a fresh basil leaf picked from my windowsill pot and I would have the perfect cocktail. My mouth was watering.
Yummy! I chilled on my patio, drink in hand and was a happy gal. It’s become a hit at parties too – just quadruple (or more) the recipe, make a pitcher and you have an instant party. The fact that my ottoman broke after one such party is a story for another time!
1 ounce Campari
2 ounces Vodka (lemon or regular)
2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boil, cool fully)
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and a fresh basil leaf.