I am not much of a drinker these days. I will indulge in a cold beer every once in awhile or a glass of wine, but as far as cocktails go, I usually say no. You see, my hangovers have become disproportionate to the amount that I drink. A two-cocktail-evening seems to translate to a two day hangover. No fun when you have responsibilities and cannot sleep until noon and then wake up and get french fries (those were the days, no?). It is a completely different beast when you have 3 little people that need to be fed upon opening their eyes. Not fair is it? So when we are out and I want a mixed drink I usually order a Vodka Collins (thank you Sarah L. for introducing me to this little number). It is fruity and refreshing without being over sweet. And these days I only order one.
I was leafing through my good ol’ Martha Stewart Living the other day and came across a recipe for homemade sweet and sour mix and knew that a fresh version would be far superior to the bar mix that you get in the mixer section of the grocery store. I was absolutely right. I made these for a little get together the other night (remember how I told you that I bribe people to come over and talk to me? Drinks help.) I had these all ready so when my peeps walked through the door after a nail-biting 4 year soccer game, it was game on. I got the thumbs up from my guests and will never buy mediocre sweet and sour mix again.
2/3 cup superfine or bartenders sugar (If you do not have this, give regular old sugar a whirl in the food processor, it dissolves much easier.)
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
2/3 cup lime juice (about 12 limes)
6 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
**This makes 2 cups of sweet and sour mix**
Squeeze all of your juices.
Pour them all in a bowl and whisk until dissolved. Done. Ready for cocktail time? I feel like Sandra Lee.
I like my Vodka Collins in a tall glass with lots of ice. Pour in some vodka, a good splosh, and pour over the sweet and sour mix. Give a stir and garnish with a lime slice.