Cocktails have a specific language and nomenclature – there are flips, sours, fizzes, collinses, and many more. But oddly, up until recently, there was no common name for the fairly large group of low- alcohol cocktails – those made with 1/2 ounce or less of a strong spirit (40% alcohol by volume). Dinah of the bibulo.us blog has righted this wrong by coming up with THE perfect name for low alcohol cocktails: she calls them “shims”, because they “keep you level”! She is hosting this month’s Mixology Monday and chose this topic, not entirely coincidentally, because shims are the subject of her new book, which I plan to add to my cocktail book collection very soon. For MXMO I decided to look no further than the contents of my fridge to come up with a refreshing and tasty shim of my own.
2 oz chilled sour cherry juice (jus de griottes) – should be readily available in Middle Eastern grocery stores
1 oz chilled dry vermouth
Pour juice and vermouth into a champagne flute and top with chilled sparkling water.
My late mom, who passed away on this date in 2002, was a Dutch war bride with what she called “fire engine red” hair. She lived in Canada far longer than she lived in the Netherlands, but retained a distinctive accent and a way of mangling words that we affectionately called “Dinglish.” What was normal and good about my upbringing was due to her. I miss her lots.
1 1/2 oz young Genever gin
2 oz sour cherry juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
Generous dash of lemon bitters
There is a thing going around Facebook that the word Easter derives from the name Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of fertility, and that her symbol was a rabbit, and that this is why we hunt for eggs. Now this is all nonsense, but it does make for a good cocktail name!
1 1/2 oz vodka 1 oz sour cherry juice 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc 1/2 oz finely strained lemon juice 1/2 oz Cointreau