Whew! Thank goodness another crazy week has finally come to an end!


This week our cocktail is very basic because…well, the ingredients are what we had on hand. And going out to buy stuff to make a cocktail is fine, but somehow I think it is a bit more fun when you make do with things you have on hand.

But maybe that is just because I am into adventurous cooking.


Orange Blossom Cocktail
Author: The Joy of Cooking, 1943
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 part gin
  • dash of grenadine
  1. Shake well in cracked ice and serve.



This cocktail is from the 1943 edition of The Joy of Cooking, which is a really great book. I am kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn’t own this book until it came in one of the recipe lots I bought on eBay. I actually didn’t even know it was going to be in there until I opened the box, so it was actually a nice surprise from eBay for once, unlike all those other times that I got screwed.


Doesn’t it look refreshing?


Drinking with a baby. It’s an art form.


“So, how is it?”

“I don’t know.” Tom looked at the baby. “What do you think?”

She looked at him and chewed on her hand.

Tom nodded, then turned back to me. “We decided it’s very good.”

The Verdict: Very Good

From The Tasting Notes:

This is the best gin-based drink I’ve had in a while. It is simple, but the level of citrus and sweetness really balances the taste of the gin. It is good as-is, but it would be interesting to try it with a bit of tonic water, too.