I’m moving back to Boston in 2 days, which is an incredibly happy occasion:
However, after two years of nesting and stressing in New Jersey, I have acquired quite the home bar, and if you’ve ever tried to keep bottles of liquor safe while moving, you know it’s almost not worth the cost of just tossing them out half used. But, since it had been two years, most of the liquor I had invested in was almost gone. Rather than toss the dregs, I decided to use them over the last few weeks before moving. Of course, I didn’t want to buy anything new to construct these cocktails, so over the next few weeks, I’ll do a series of improvisational cocktails using whatever I already had lying around. For example, one I put together in just a few seconds consisted of prosecco, a splash of OJ, 2 dashes of bitters, and some frozen raspberries- girly and sparkly!
I had recently purchased a baby bottle of Grand Marnier to make the Girl Next Door cocktail when my former/future (a.k.a. current… the passage of time is confusing, right?) roommate visited, and I figured I should use it up. I also had about 4 oz of gin left, so why not use some of that, too? I basically googled the two ingredients and found an appealing cocktail called Leap Year, consisting of gin, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and sweet vermouth, all of which I had… or at least thought I had.
I got through the first three ingredients and found out that I had dry vermouth and sweet sherry, but not sweet vermouth. So, I cut my losses and added the sherry instead. It couldn’t be that bad! And, because I can’t leave well enough alone, I added a dash of freshly microplaned ginger and a drop of bitters as well.
The cocktail turned out to be bitter, tart, and refreshing, so I just had to share it with my dear readers!
- 2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz orange liqueur like Grand Marnier
- 1/2+ oz lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- 1/2 oz sweet sherry
- 1 dash bitters, optional
- Freshly grated ginger, optional
- Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a cocktail glass and enjoy!