This month’s Mixology Monday is being hosted by Rum Dood and the theme is ginger. Ha! You just mistakenly thought we would disclose the secret behind our someday-it-will-be-famous Horny Ninjarita, previously known as the Horny G*ngerita until someone trademarked the G-word so we can’t use it anymore. For those of you who are not lucky enough to live locally, the Horny G*ngerita, I mean, Ninjarita is a Felicia's Atomic Lounge margarita made with Hornitos tequila and our fresh ginger-lime elixir. Tough crap, you will have to wait until Felicia’s cocktail book comes out for that recipe, which at my current writing rate should be around 2017.
Felicia’s ginger cocktail for Mixology Monday is based on cachaca. I don’t know how to put the little tail on the last “c” in cachaca so you will just have to imagine it is there. Look it up if you don’t know what I am talking about. We tried ginger with scotch first, but ginger risks tasting medicinal when drink/drank/drunk (damn it – which is it?) with whiskey. Say, Rum Dood, does cachaca count as rum, kind of sort of maybe? I had a, ahem, rum "incident" when I was 14 so cachaca is about as close as I can get to your holy spirit.
I am a huge fan of cachaca in general and the caipirinha specifically, but we decided to skip limes today mostly because we found an orange, not a lime, staring at us from the fridge. The flavor of cachaca harmonizes perfectly with ginger and orange. We named our cocktail “Lazy Lover” after a song by the Brazilian Girls, who are neither Brazilian nor girls. OK, one girl, but I’ve never met her so whatever.
Drink and enjoy, and make sure you visit Rum Dood for other Mixology Monday ginger cocktail recipes.
1 ½ ounce cachaca
1 ounce ginger-honey syrup (see below)
1 orange wheel
Muddle all ingredients in a glass. Add ice. Shake. Serve on the rocks.
½ cup honey
½ cup water
2 Tablespoons fresh grated ginger
Bring ingredients almost to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Let cool and strain.