I was at the Duke’s last week for an Oscar party, where I whipped up a batch of ginger syrup and made some Moscow Mules. Needless to say, they ruled, and all bowed down before my greatness.
But in all cerealness, this is the first vodka post I’ve done here. It’s not very fashionable these days, most bartenders maintain that because it’s triple distilled it has no flavor, and is therefore useless. And that’s a valid point. However, I think there is a lack of vodka based cocktail recipes because the stuff was essentially unobtainable in the US during the Cold War. In fact, in Trader Vic’s guide, out of 1500 cocktail recipes there are only four that call for vodka.
3 oz. Vodka
.75 oz. Ginger Syrup
.75 oz. Lime Juice
Build this one in the glass over ice, and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime, imbibe with a straw.
6 oz. Cane Sugar
6 oz. Water
6 oz. Fresh Grated Ginger
See my previous post about syrup, but add the ginger when you add the sugar, and let it simmer on low for about 20 minutes. Strain the syrup thru a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Bottle.