There’s nothing like crafting a signature cocktail to get the creative juices (and booze) flowing. I’m always looking for
excuses reasons to come up with a new recipe. What better inspiration than literature?
- Blackberry simple syrup* (Strayed ate wild blackberries in the last stretches of her hike)
- Snapple Lemonade (surprisingly hard to find, but crucial for an authentic Wild cocktail)
- Good vodka (reminiscent of the snowy Sierra Nevadas. I like Tito’s)
- Orange bitters (to represent California, where much of the hike took place, and all of the bitter and difficult aspects of the hike. I like Hella Bitters)
Pour a splash of blackberry syrup into a rocks (aka Old Fashioned) glass. (Add a bit more syrup if you want a sweeter drink.) Top with 2 oz. vodka. Slowly pour 3 oz. Snapple on top. Add dash of bitters. Gently place ice cubes in drink.
Voila! It looks like a PCT sunrise! It tastes strongly boozy and mildly sweet, with a nice orangey nose. Stir it up before you drink to evenly distribute the flavors, or drink as is and enjoy the stiff beginning and fruity ending.
And you know I never have a cocktail without a little cheese plate:
I enjoyed it with some Mesquite BBQ chips and Humboldt Fog goat cheese. A delicious end to a long day of sustaining two small humans.
*Making simple syrup is, as the name implies, simple. Combine 1 part sugar with 1 part water in a saucepan. (I do a cup of each, usually.) Add any flavorings that tickle your fancy (cinnamon, vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, mashed up berries, etc.). Heat until simmering furiously, stirring frequently until sugar dissolves completely. Cool. Strain if it contains bits of ingredients like berries. Keep refrigerated and use within 2-3 weeks. I use this stuff in my coffee every day. It’s cheaper than the store bought stuff, and you know exactly what’s in it!