Friday, June 6, 2008

5:00 Fridays

The matriarch at Chez Dirt & Noise would like to introduce a new weekly post: 5:00 Fridays!

I don't know about you, but a refreshing cocktail at the end of a long week is just the ticket to paradise I need. Even when I worked full-time (in an office, as opposed to the more-than-full-time activities of being a mom), I loved Friday happy hours with my coworkers. We toasted some positively deadly Long Island Iced Teas and fruity concoctions served in fish bowls with multiple straws. Those happy hours inevitably turned into some rug cuttin' long nights...and even even longer hangovers.

Happy hour is much tamer these days. There's no room for hangovers in our lives anymore, but that doesn't mean we can't sip a tasty treat time to time.

Without further ado, drum roll, please.....

Introducing what we like to call our family's signature drink: the Moscow Mule.

It's traditionally served in a copper cup, but unless you live in Colonial Williamsburg, I'm guessing you didn't get a set from your wedding registry. Nonetheless, we just use a highball glass here. Trust me, it's just as tasty.

2 ounces vodka (not the cheap stuff you drank in college, pony up for Absolut at the least)
1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice (and NEVER Rose's! Only the fresh stuff, this is key.)
4 ounces good, spicy ginger ale (like Blenheim's) or ginger beer (NEVER EVER substitute ginger ale. That would make a crummy, wimpy Moscow Mule.)

Add ice and the ingredients in the specified order. Stir and garnish with a lime wedge.

Mmmmm....it's only 8:00 AM, but my taste buds are dancing a jig just thinking about 5:00. It's going to be 100 degrees here today so an icy, spicy, limey cocktail will be just what the mixologist ordered.

So what about you? What are your favorite summer cocktails? If you send me the recipe, I just might test it out and post it next week.


The fine minds at Momocrats have concocted a drink in honor of all the Obama Mamas out there. Add it to your happy hour round. Check it out here.
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The Over-Thinker said...

Good Lord, this is a fantastic idea.

I'm off to find a copper cup. I have a highball or 12 but a copper cup sounds too cool to pass up.

Happy Friday!! Thank. The. Lord.

Tela said...

OK, you just exposed me to two things I've never heard of: Copper cup and SPICY ginger ale? I LOVE ginger ale. I didn't even know there was a "spicy" variety.

Once I gather all the supplies up, I'll be trying this soon. That might be six months from now, but it's on my to-do list!

Anonymous said...

Little ole me from WI was introduced to this from my wonderful Uncle and FAVORITE Aunt. I love the mix of spice and lime. I have concocted this a couple of times since and still enjoy it. I too can not afford a hangover and take into consideration their other great cure, don't forget the pedialite. Thanks for the real recipe.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, your aunt and uncle sound like fabulous people. Lucky you!

Mad said...

The Moscow Mule is my holiday (Christmas and New Years', that is) drink. My sisters and I stumbled upon it a good 15 years or so ago and I have 'til now never met a person that knew about it before I introduced 'em to it.


Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I miss those happy hour days out with co-workers too. And a hangover these days with two boys is pure blazing torture. But, nevertheless, my happy hour now start as soon as the kids are asleep - cheers! (Oh wait, its Monday. Oh well!)

Anonymous said...

We use to have this at my old school when I was starting as a new teacher and we called it Curriculum Night...LOL

Anonymous said...

Well, when Obama takes office you are REALLY going to need those cocktails. Get ready for socialism and cocktail HOURS!