A fun, sweet n’ sour citrus cocktail to help you ease into the busy months ahead. Put your feet up, mix yourself this drink, and bask in the last few days of summer.
Yesterday was not a good day for me. It began with a bout of vertigo as soon as I crawled out of bed. I’m still not sure what caused it, but my best guess is probably dehydration. My boyfriend and I spent the last week in Vancouver and with all the holiday bustle, I didn’t drink as much water as I should have. Clearly this was a mistake, seeing as it caught up with me by way of spinning rooms and less coordination than usual.
Not only did the mini holiday leave me with vertigo, it also yielded a ton of laundry that I had to do. Until our machine broke. It started making death rattles, mechanical screams, and refused to drain properly. I was in dire straights. We’re in a rental unit right now, and the machine doesn’t technically belong to us. I panicked, imagining thousands of dollars in repairs and damage fees. With sopping clothes in the sink, I nearly threw in the towel for the day. That’s when I called my dad.
My dad is definitely the hero of the day. He dropped everything he was doing to run over and check out the laundry machine. Thankfully, it was an easy fix — some coins and a hairpin were stuck in the drain trap (whoops!). I don’t think I say this to him enough, but I really do appreciate everything he does at moment’s notice. When I’m in trouble (mechanical, automotive, or otherwise), he does what he can to fix it. Dads are just the best, aren’t they?
By the end of the day, things were starting to look a little brighter. I had consumed about two litres of water, my clothes were drying on the rack, and I made this awesome lentil dish from Lindsay over at Pinch of Yum (ummm, if you haven’t made this yet, you NEED to get on it right now!!). I decided to trade in one version of a spinning room for another and made this amazing cocktail.
My drink of choice at the moment is a whiskey sour. My boyfriend loves them too (mostly for the whiskey), but often he finds them a bit too acidic for his taste. I wanted to create a cocktail we could both enjoy on a summer afternoon; one that has enough tartness for my palate, but with a bit of sweetness so he enjoyed it too. I think this Whiskey Sweet n’ Sour is a perfect compromise! Freshly squeezed orange juice and maple syrup sweeten the traditional drink just enough so that it’s not headbangingly sour.
This cocktail is perfect for an end-of-summer barbecue, celebration, or simply sipping out on the porch while basking in the few final days of heat. Since it’s a double, it will also help you momentarily forget all the back-to-school/work madness ahead. Although I’m a huge fan of autumn and the comfort it brings, I do often miss the laziness and simplicity of summer. This cocktail, with its citrus twang and sweet underbelly, will remind you of those carefree days.
This has been the drink we’ve turned to all summer long. I figured I’d share it with you, so you can hold on to summer as long as you possibly can!
- 10 tbsp (4 shots) whiskey
- 2 medium naval oranges
- 2 large limes
- 1 large lemon
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ cup ice water
- lots of ice
- Grab two 500ml tumblers (or mason jars) and add 5 tbsp (2 shots) of whiskey to each glass. Set aside.
- Into a large measuring glass, juice the oranges, limes, and lemon. I found this was easiest using a handheld juicer. You can use your hands to squeeze out the juice, but you probably won't get as much juice this way. Add the maple syrup and the ice water. Stir.
- Divide the cocktail mixture between the two tumblers, stir well, and top with lots of ice. Add a colourful straw and sip away your end-of-summer worries.