Pic of the Week.
I have a guilty pleasure of admiring the glamorous lives of others from afar, via Instagram. No, I don’t even HAVE an Instagram account, but I’ve managed to find plenty of profiles, and be jealous of their beautiful lives.
God, I’m creepy.
Anyway, one of the bloggers I follow (and stalk on Instagram) posts all kinds of delicious recipes that I’m mentally marking for future use. One of them was a handcrafted cocktail she created, and named it after her street, Cecil Place.
It looked delicious.
So, when my friend and co-worker, Ashley, wanted to do a happy hour, I snatched the chance to host it and make a pitcher of Cecil Place Sours. Because when else am I going to whip up a fancy drink of bourbon and citrus?
To make the Cecil Place Sour, you will need:
3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice (about one juicy grapefruit)
2/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 juicy lemons)
Bourbon (I used Bulleit Bourbon)
Egg whites (a splash per drink)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
First, get your simple syrup made. In a small sauce pan combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water and toss in your thyme. Let simmer on medium for about 3 minutes until sugar dissolves; turn off heat and let steep. Remove thyme and transfer syrup to an airtight container. Refrigerate whatever you don’t use.
Next, squeeze all of your citrus.
In a cocktail shaker add a few cubes of ice, but not too many or you will not end up with the beautiful texture these drinks are known for. Pour in 1 part Bourbon, 1 part citrus juice, 1/2 part thyme simple syrup (I don’t like mine sweet, if you prefer sweet do 1 part), and a splash of egg whites. Shake vigorously for about 2 min to achieve a frothy consistency and pour over ice. There is enough citrus juice in this recipe to make about 5 cocktails.
I made mine by the pitcher, and Ashley and I sat on my terrace with hummus, cheese, meats, and crackers. It was a glorious spring evening with great food, drink, and company!
PS. Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s blog!
Posted on April 15, 2014, in The Squeeze and tagged alcoholic, cocktails, custom drinks, dating, drinking, family, food blogs, getting published, Holly A. Phillips, How to Make Lemonade, humor, life, love, relationships, The Bitter Lemon. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.