Starting the Drinking Now? Try Dr. Funk
Obviously, it's snowing outside, and you don't need a cure for heat exhaustion, but hey--it tastes good, it looks pretty, and you're probably going to a party tonight. Multiply the recipe by 10 or so, and you've got a potent punch to bring with you.
As always, don't be put off by the specifications for homemade grenadine or Mekhong Rum. It'll be just as good made with good store-bought grenadine and any light rum you like.
Yield: 1 cocktail
2 ounces rum, preferably Mekhong Rum
3/4 oz homemade grenadine (see below), or grenadine
3 slices cucumber
1 slice lime
1 strawberry, quartered
1 pinch mint leaves
2 ounces ginger beer
1 tablespoon absinthe
Fill a tall glass with ice, and pour rum and grenadine over. Add cucumber, lime, strawberry and mint, and cover the top of the glass; shake briefly. Add the ginger beer, and drizzle the absinthe over the top of the cocktail. Serve.
Yield: about 1 quart
1 quart pomegranate juice, such as POM Wonderful
1/2 pound superfine sugar (about 1 cup)
1 cup Spanish brandy
In a medium saucepan over high heat, warm the pomegranate juice and sugar until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat, and allow mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, or until the syrup lightly coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, and cool. Fortify the syrup by stirring in the brandy.