Driving me to drink

DSC_0126I have spent today huddled in my chair, fending off cats, armed with a cosy jumper, in order to do battle with the great power that is WordPress. I didn’t set out like this, oh no, I had plans, aspirations, to do lists. Then I got sucked into the abyss that is the internet and have only just emerged at the other side, slightly bewildered and still somewhat unsure of who won.

The upshot of all this is that the site has a make-over, and I need one. Instead I am settling for a cocktail and the promise of pizza. I’m not sure that cocktails are the perfect pairing with pizza. I would usually recommend a light white wine, or something red with a high acidiy to off-set the tomatoes, but tonight I needed a little something stronger.

Fortunately the ingredients had finally come together for a cocktail I’ve been wanting to try for weeks. I won’t lie, there’s been quite a bit of work put into this and honestly I’m not sure I can see many people going to such lengths for a cocktail that they would juice ginger and mix it into a syrup (although if you already have a juicer then it’s easy  – I didn’t and had to enlist the help of one at work), but I’m pleased I stuck to my convictions as the results are so perfectly to my taste it’s surprising the bartender who thought this up hasn’t met me. The “Deadpan Fix” is aptly named and matched the look on my face after hours of sitting in front of coding trying to figure out why I couldn’t make something as simple as the internet just do what I wanted. (I mean I shouted at it and everything). It’s the masterstroke of Jessica Gonzalez from Death and Co in New York. A place I’ve mentioned already, the reason behind this households Manhattan addiction and one of many reasons why we’re heading across the pond later this year.

Gonzalez manages something impressive with this cocktail that you’d never expect when reading the ingredients list. The components are all heavy hitters in their own right, rye, Campari, Grand Marnier, grapefruit and ginger. Yet when they are shaken together some sort of magic happens, and you get an ideally balanced drink. Boozy from the rye, hot from the ginger with the bitterness from the Campari and grapefruit tempered by the sweet orange of the Grand Marnier. I didn’t have the lemon juice that should also be involved, but I’m not sure I missed out as the cocktail slipped down a treat. I would make another one, but fear if I did I might not make it to the pizza truck!DSC_0131

Deadpan Fix – makes 1 drink (adapted from Jessica Gonzalez in Death and Co.)

1 1/2 oz Rye

1/4 oz Campari

1/4 oz Grand Marnier

1 oz Grapefruit juice

1.4 oz ginger syrup (made by mixing juiced ginger with double the amount of caster sugar to ginger juice and shaking for a week to dissolve the sugar)

Shake all the ingredients with ice and then pour into a coupe. Garnish with a twist if desired. (I didn’t bothered as it takes longer to get to the drinking!)

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