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Friday Happy Hour

Happy cocktail time, Crasstalkers. It’s been a rough week for some of you, and it sounds like everyone needs to forget about Tuesday. So let’s booze it up, shall we?

Here are three ideas to get you started.

Cilantro and Cucumber Martinis

4 ounces of vodka (the better, the better)

1 inch of finely diced English cucumber

¼ cup of cilantro


Crush the cucumber and cilantro in a mortar and pestle to make as fine a paste as possible. Pour the vodka, cucumber and cilantro paste into a martini shaker. Let it sit for about an hour, then add the ice, shake, and strain infused vodka into martini glasses. Garnish with cucumber and cilantro.

A Gingered Highball-Julep

Chop and crush one tablespoon of fresh mint and six or seven slivers of fresh ginger. Put two ice cubes in a large glass. Add two shots ginger ale and stir vigorously to make a quick infusion. Add two shots “good” bourbon (Basil Hayden or Knob Creek are preferred, but Rebel Yell is good too. Note for the poors: Rebel Yell is cheaper than most bottom shelf whiskeys and it’s the best of the bunch, even served just on the rocks. Note to snobs: don’t knock it till you’re poor enough to try it). Add one drop of bitters and a few slivers more fresh ginger for a crunchy, spicy treat.

Salty Dog

Treat a rocks glass like a margarita glass and rim it with salt. Then add equal parts vodka to pink grapefruit juice.

I’m not going to lie, I just had my first Salty Dog this week, and holy. The salt with the grapefruit juice is incredible. I was on the phone with my mother-in-law while I had my first sip and –- for the first time since we have known each other — I think she thought I was fervently agreeing with everything she said because I said “Yes!” and sighed happily (For the record, I was blissed out and I’m not sure what I agreed to). But let’s not think about any unpleasantness, because it’s Friday, and we all deserve a cocktail.

(Booze) Recipe Friday

Since the weekend is upon us it is time to start thinking about ways to waste our time before getting back to work on Monday. Hopefully, you did not have too much green beer yesterday and are ready for some weekend libation. Today I am sharing a recipe from my friend Kelly, who understands the importance of a proper drink. First, here is a recipe for a delicious Lime Ricky that she makes. This recipe originally appeared on food52.com.

A woman who appreciates a good drink.

What you need:
12 ounces frozen red raspberries
1.5 cups sugar
Zest of two limes
Juice of two limes
24 ounces Sparkling water
Thin slices of lime for garnish
What you do:
Combine raspberries, sugar and zest in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until the berries dissolve and the sugar melts. Only let it boil for 2-3 minutes as you don’t want jam. After that time, take the syrup off the heat and let cool slightly. Strain the syrup.
Fill a tall glass by half with ice. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of the syrup over the ice. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the glass. Fill the glass to the top with sparkling water and garnish with a lime slice or two. These are super tasty, and are a nice drink when you feel like something sweet.

Kelly also has a beer blog (told you she was cool), and her beer recommendation for this week is Founders Red from the Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They make really tasty beer so grab some of this if you can find it.

So what’s on you booze agenda this weekend, Crasstalkers? Share your recipes below.