A quick survey of my ever burgeoning booze cupboard revealed a bottle of rather lonely looking Cassis - last used ... I don't know when. Sad.
Well, no longer. I put that bottle to good use and have dreamed up a lovely, refreshing spring time cocktail. Redolent with the perfume of ginger and bright with the astringent tang of lime, this little beauty is sure to please.
The Blushing Mule:
- 2 parts vodka
- 1/2 part Cassis (I like the Matilde brand.)
- juice of 1/2 small lime
- 2 tsp. ginger syrup
- 2 - 3 drops of orange bitters
- some plain seltzer or soda water for topping up
The idea for this cocktail was hatched in my grocery store. I spied a bottle of ginger syrup on the shelf and immediately thought: I need to make a drink with that! I had a feeling it would pair well with the tart, luscious black currant liqueur ... and I was right! A squeeze of lime never hurt anybody, so in that went, and I'm really diggin' the orange bitters at present, so that served as a nice, bright, finishing touch. The results? Scrumptious! A completely harmonious mix.
Given the similarities to the Moscow Mule, I've named it the Blushing Mule, in honor of the Cassis. I hope you'll try it!