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The Red Bicycle: Perfect Summer Cocktail

June 21, 2009

The Red Bicycle

When I married my hubby two years ago, we wanted to highlight our two backgrounds when choosing the alcohol for the wedding.  Accordingly, our focus was on California wine (we went with Martin Ray Pinot Noir and Ferrari-Carrano Chardonnay since they are both crowd pleasers) and Polish beer and Vodka (Okocim beer and Belvedere vodka).  Of course we also served some bubbles (Roederer Estate).

To highlight our focus on Vodka, we created two signature cocktails for the evening.  The first was my own creation which summer-izes a swanky favorite, a cosmopolitan by serving it on ice with muddled mint.  I call this The Red Bicycle, and the recipe is below.  Perfect for casual or dressy evening in hot weather, and adored by both men and women (which seems to be a rarity in the cocktail world).  It serves as a reminder that making simple changes to old standards can result in surprising discoveries.  Our second cocktail was created with the help of a mixologist in San Francisco and took hours of cocktail drinking till we got right.  I will highlight that creation, Nick’s Valentino Slipper, on a future blog post.

THE RED BICYCLE

4 Parts Belvedere Vodka
3 Parts Fresh Lime Juice
2 Parts Cranberry Juice (I use 100% juice)
2 Parts Orange Liqueur (I prefer Patron Citronge to Cointreau or Triple Sec)
Agave Sweetner or Simple Syrup
Mint

Muddle 2 tablespoons fresh mint with 1 teaspoon agave sweetener in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, orange liqueur, lime and cranberry juice and shake vigorously. Strain and pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish with torn mint leaves.  If using a jigger to measure parts, this serves two highball glasses.  An ounce per part will serve two old fashioned glasses.

*Sorry for the iPhone quality picture (at least its now a 3GS!)

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