Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thirsty Thursdays

Everyone knows that Thursday is the new Friday. Remember when pink was the new black? Personally, I'm still waiting for the day when fat becomes the new thin - but until that particular memo arrives, I'm going to work with what we've got. Why just last week Time Out New York declared Thursday the best day of the week to call in sick. While I'm not suggesting you play hooky, I am suggesting you have a drink.

Look, we're in the midst of a winter that will not end, the economy is in the toilet, and last week someone cracked the lid on Dick Cheney's coffin long enough for him to rise and appear on my TV spreading his message of peace and goodwill to all. ~cue Animal House Quote~ "My advice is to start drinking heavily."*

The Lucy:
(aka - a Blood and Sand)**
  • 1 oz. scotch whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. Cherry Heering
  • 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 oz. fresh orange juice
Pour all of the above into a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with whatever tickles your fancy. Serve and enjoy. Repeat as necessary.

I garnished mine with a sprig of thyme, but a lovely ring of orange would work well too. I've adapted this recipe from the wonderful Bartender's Guide, published by Adams Media.

* Of course I'm not really recommending that you drink heavily ... one or two of these should do just fine! The reality is - I had my second shot of cartilage yesterday and dinner was something of a slap dash affair. In an effort to provide you with the most scintillating content on the web ... or *any* content for that matter ... I took a spin through my files and came across the above photo. The weekend is almost here and I'm sure we could all use a good stiff drink right about now. Thus is born a new feature here on Beach Eats. In anticipation of the weekend, I'll be posting some delightful cocktail recipes from time to time on Thursday afternoons. Bottoms up!

** This is absolutely my new favorite drink and, delicious as it is, it is in serious need of a new name. Technically its called a Blood and Sand ... but ... ugh. How decidedly UN-festive! We've dubbed it the Lucy, after my other nickname, but I'm not wild about that either. Can you do better? What would you call this luscious concoction? Curious Diva wants to know.



doggybloggy said...

cherry squeeze
fuzzy cherry
cherry popper
sweet cherry mary
cherry thyme

thats all I got right now

Tracy said...

Cherries Jubilee alla Manhattan. Of course, once you've had a few of these drinks, this name becomes a bit of a slurry mouthful!

The Diva on a Diet said...

doggybloggy - well done! I like them all but am partial to the "fuzzy cherry" and "cherry thyme." Wonderful!

Tracy - so true! LOL

Anonymous said...

OOOOH, a new cocktail to request. If anyone knows us, they know the Duo loves a cocktail. Thanks for helping us through the rest of this week!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Duo - I know you do! Cheers, this one's on me! :)

Astra Libris said...

Oooohhh, I am so excited about your new Thursday feature!! Great idea! :-)

I'm very very psyched about your soda bread, too... I love dark Irish soda bread!

words words words said...

I suggest the "Fruity Scotsman".

I hate Scotch but I think I might like this. You can't go wrong with orange and cherry flavors.

I remember in college, Thursday was the big party night because so many kids would go home for the weekend. Fun times!

And when fat is the new thin, I will be king.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Astra - thanks, I'm excited about it too ... it will come in handy for the nights we have left-overs! LOL

WWW - Bwah! I like your suggestion! If you're not a fan of scotch you could reduce the amount to 3/4 of an ounce ... which is what the original recipe lists. I upped the scotch a bit because I love it and because I don't like my drinks too sweet. Either way, its a stunning combination. I think you'd like it.

Together we shall rule when fat is the new thin. I'm polishing my crown as we speak!

Jeanie said...

Oh wow, that looks delicious, Diva. I don't know what I'd call it, but I'd call the bartender over for several more!

And while I'm here, let me thank you again for the granola gift certificate. My order arrived yesterday, and I would have spent the entire day home eating it if I didn't have a job. It tastes so much fresher than store-bought. I made a banana-apple-nut mix, and a pina colada mix. Both are really quite good. I'll definitely be purchasing more.

Thanks! :-)

Juliet said...

:) I'm not a big drinker so I'm useless on name ideas for your special drink. But, I do like your idea of making fat the new thin!! :) And, playing hookey from work... I could use a day off!

yardsailor said...

Scotch Lassie with Cherry

stephchows said...

"fat is the new thin"

that totally made me laugh out loud heeh :D

The Diva on a Diet said...

Jeanie - I am just tickled pink that you're enjoying the granola so. Yay! Its yummy stuff to be sure ... I've already placed another order! Btw, we'll be drinking these at our next GTG if I have anything to do with it! ;)

Juliet - Excellent, another vote for fat being the new thing ... I sense the beginning of a trend here. ;)

Welcome, yardsailor! Great name ... both yours and your suggestion. :)

Steph - thanks, it was supposed to! LOL

Anne Carol said...

In my imagination, this tastes like a grownup Dr. Pepper. Yum.

This makes me think of ordering an Old Fashioned, with maraschino cherry & hopefully orange garnishes. Maybe for tomorrow night!

Anne Carol said...

This was an interesting description of the history of the Old Fashioned. Yummy!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Anne Carol - so nice to see you here and thanks for the yummy link! You may be onto something with Dr. Pepper association ... I'll have to make another one and report back to confirm! ;)

Tangled Noodle said...

Diva, when I grow up, I want to be just like you - sassy and saucy (but not sauced)! I'm passing this on to the house liquormeister and I look forward to your new weekly feature.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Aw, Tangled Noodle, you are so sweet. Thank you! I think you and the house liquormeister will both dig this drink. Cheers! :)