Monday, January 24, 2011

What the Dilly-Yo?


I subscribe to all kinds of food related newsletters and one that I am particularly fond of is all about spirits and cocktails.  Most of the recipes I try to replicate from them are spin-offs because I don't have a fully stocked bar.  I try to make due with what I have and for the most part, I'd say I'm successful.  The latest cocktail I shook up is vodka based with cucumber and fresh dill bringing the flavor.  The recipe called for straight vodka but all I had was vanilla-infused vodka.  I remember buying this flavored vodka a year ago or so when a dessert cocktail recipe called for it.  For whatever reason, when a recipe asks for vodka  I use this and quite honestly, I think vanilla infused vodka tastes better than straight vodka.  To my palette, it is rounder in flavor and more subtle in cocktails.  So for my cocktail, I substituted vodkas and I also swapped agave nectar for simple syrup.  I never did like to follow instructions.  Cheers!
    

What the Dilly-Yo?

2 oz Vanilla-Infused Vodka
1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
2-3 Cucumber Slices
1-2 Sprigs of Fresh Dill

Muddle the dill, cucumber and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and fill the shaker halfway with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass or coupe.  Garnish with a cucumber wheel and Dill.



What the Dilly-Yo?


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