Happy Friday! Is it just me, or has Valentine’s Day somehow managed to creep up on us? It’s hard to believe that we are already a week into February.
Be that as it may, the holiday devoted to our beloveds is upon us and in an effort to hop on the bandwagon that does not include $30.00 ‘bouquets’ made entirely of candy bars (when did those become a thing?), I’m going to stick to what I know – cocktails and cupcakes. Fool proof and home-made, guaranteed to please the pant off your lucky valentine. And since it’s Friday, cocktails seemed more appropriate so cocktails it is!
First off, I cannot take credit for this drink recipe and it also require a bit of a back story, so bare with me…
Once upon a time, I dragged my sweet J to a new speakeasy in town. Here, we met Brad – our most favorite of bartenders and a true master of his craft.
Brad, who tolerates my endless questions about his various methods and ingredients in what he’s concocting is one of the reason’s I make the 15 minute drive downtown on week nights. His drinks are just that good. After sampling everything (yes everything) on the Peter Kern Library’s menu, I asked him to make me something different. I told him I liked vodka. I told him I liked tart & sour things, but still sweet. Oh and I told him I was trying to keep the calories to a minimum. Then he did his thing.
I wish that I could tell you that this drink wasn’t the best cocktail I’ve ever had, because now it’s all I ever order and am hesitant to even try new things because it’s so damn good. But it is. It is literally the best drink I’ve ever had and, let’s be honest here, I’ve had plenty.
Now why is it called the mayor? Bare with me for just a bit longer, and I’ll share that story as well. Everyone out there heard of Foursquare? Yes? Good. I love Foursquare. And as any good ‘Foursquarer’ knows, the more you frequent an establishment or venue, the better your chances to establish a mayorship. Well I happen to be the Mayor of the Peter Kern Library (Since about this time last year if that gives you an idea how often I am there…) so I dubbed the drink – the mayor. I may or may not have been a little buzzed off said drinks and was convinced that “the mayor” needed some sort of mayoral prize. Thus, the mayor was born.
So ladies and gentleman, what I am sharing with you is a fantastic and magical drink sure to please that loved one in your life. Sure it’s pink, but it packs a delightful (and yet undetectable) punch that will help you through whatever kind of Valentine’s Day you have planned.
Yields: One Drink
Difficulty: It’s a cocktail, it can’t be all that hard
- 6 blackberries plus more for garnish
- 1 & 1/2 oz. simply syrup (1 part sugar to one part water, boiled until sugar is dissolved)
- 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 & 1/2 oz. Vodka
- Splash of diet Sprite or Sierra Mist
- Lemon twist
- Place the blackberries in a shaker and muddle well
- Pour in simple syrup, lemon juice, and vodka
- Add a handful or two of ice
- Put the lid on the shaker and shake away!
- Pour over ice in a stemless glass, and top with lemon-lime soda of choice
- Garnish with blackberries and a lemon twist