The holidays can be a challenge to families. Vacation days have to be coordinated, money saved up and credit cards maxed out for gifts for everyone else, and time set aside for the whirlwind of requisite activity with visiting relatives – eating out, entertainment, constant grocery shopping for extra bellies to fill at the dining table, and so forth.
For a single girl like me, holidays are a breeze! The biggest hassles in meetups with friends at one Martini lounge or restaurant after another include remembering to powder nose and tease hair just before making a grand entrance.
And those fabulous holiday sales – what better time to upgrade your accessories and seasonal wardrobe, while being lured by “gifts with purchase” treats at Nordstrom, and other fine shopping establishments?
Say all you want, you lovely people who feel sorry for us unmarried, non-familied ladies during the holidays. We’re having more fun than you realize.
Evenings downtown are thick with the holiday spirit! Strangers striking up conversations, bartenders sharing their amazing cocktail recipes, and all the general ruckus made this 4-day Thanksgiving vacay a blast!
My first stop yesterday evening, before meeting up with a friend, was at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, lured by the description on their website for their coconut ginger lemon drop Martini. One sip, and I was instantly in Bali. It was a sweet, exotic beauty of a Martini that flaunted both fruity and spicy charms in delightful harmony. The room and everyone in it blurred out of existence as visions of a Balinese countryside warmed my soul and imagination until the last sip.
I have never been to Bali, mind you. But this cocktail took me there.
Daryl was an absolute sweetheart of a bartender, showing me all the bottles of liquid goodness used to make this amazing concoction – even letting me sample the ginger syrup hand-made by the onsite bar staff just for this wondrous beverage!
Coconut Ginger Lemon Drop
(Recipe courtesy of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse website and Daryl)
1 oz Ketel One Citroen vodka
1 oz Ciroc coconut Vodka
1/2 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1/2 oz house-made ginger infused syrup
Freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
Thin slice of candied ginger
Measurements are approximates only
Shake the first five ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Pour neat into a Martini glass, add slice of candied ginger.