So, a few posts ago, I decided I would break out of my vodka/tonic rut and try a new drink. I opted for Lillet. (See HERE.)
Lillet has since brought so much joy to my life I decided I needed to branch out more regularly. The happy side affect is that it's going to help me stock the bar.
So, since I recently bought Campari, I decided this weeks drink will be the Jimboni, suggested by The Quarter Rat (see his blog HERE.
The liquor store yesterday was an afterthought... only when there did I realize I needed to start my Drink of the Week and I didn't have ingredients on me. I asked the guy at the store, and he went to his computer to look it up. After much computer trouble and a long delay, he returned with a sheet of paper in his hands. I looked at the tiny type on the big white page and said, "Is that it?" It was only 3 ingredients. He replied, "Yes. And it doesn't even look that good." Ha! I cracked up. (As you can see in the photo I went with Dry Fly over Hendricks gin because I hear it's the first distillery in Washington state since prohibition. Gotta support local drunks.)
I think Jim's version might be great.
Jim posted this:
As far as Negronis go,they're too sticky for my taste. Try this alternate recipe for a nice dry but fruity summer cocktail:
The Jimboni (Jimbo's Negroni)
Mix equal parts Campari and gin (for this I use either Gordon's or Tanqueray) and the juice of 1/2 to whole lemon (depending on season) with peel - the oil is important - in a cocktail shaker, stir lightly, let sit. Don't shake. Ever.
Coat the inside of a cocktail glass with sweet vermouth, then rub edge of glass with lemon twist. Pour contents of shaker in glass.
(watch out, they're pretty lethal!)
Drinking will commence at 7pm. I will report back on the drink of the week promptly.
This is Jim's pug Etta... had to post her, being a pug owner myself. So damn cute.
**UPDATE** - - Weird and bitter (it's Campari after all), but quite interesting. I like it. More lemon juice. Lots. That makes it terrific. I would like it more if it were hot as hell here in Seattle. It's not. This will be a good August drink.
I like drinks that are NOT like cosmos and other bullshit that women drink. Drinking this made me think of Manhattans, which are totally chic and will knock you on your ass. As seen in that fabulous movie with Linda Fiorentino, The Last Seduction. I believe next week's drink will be a Manhattan and will require an encore presentation of that fine film.