By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional
Back in the day, we didn’t have many choices when it came to alcoholic drinks. And we definitely didn’t have people called Mixologist’. Basically anyone could tend bar, because drinks were basic, add some alcohol and maybe soda or seltzer water. Now, you actually have to get licensed and attend school. I mean really, cooking schools now offer classes on making drinks and how to pair them with foods.
I’m old school, I tend to go with the basics and have never believed in fancy drinks with my meals. Before or after a meal, OK. But to each his own. In order to keep up with the times and current food trends, I have recently started coming up with drinks that are simple to make and can be made virgin for the kids in the room.
Kids like to feel grown up and the fact that they can have a version of the same drink that mom and dad are having. Heres a little tip: In order to keep the drinks separate, I always serve the kids version in a different style glass, so that they don’t mistakenly drink an adult version.
- Vodka (Optional)
- Orange Juice, With Out Pulp
- Ginger Ale
- Orange Slices, Thin
- Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
- Ice Cubes
- In a drink shaker, add a shot of vodka and a sprig of rosemary. With the back of a large spoon, muddle the rosemary. Basically, this means to smash the rosemary against the sides to release the oils in the leaves and flavor the vodka. For the virgin option, simply muddle the rosemary against the sides of the shaker.
- Add 2 parts orange juice and 1 part ginger ale. Place the top on the shaker and gently shake twice to mix. If you shake too hard, it will explode everywhere when you open, so be careful.
- To a glass of your choice, add a few ice cubes and pour your Rosemary, Orange Spritzer over the ice. Add an orange slice down the inside of the glass and finally add a sprig of rosemary.
- Enjoy this refreshing drink with friends and family at your next brunch.