Happy New Year! I gladly welcome you, 2013. I’ve been trying to come up with my resolutions, and I’m really drawing a blank. I have an intense love of resolutions, but now that I’m writing about these, ideas are coming in droves. 3 seems like a good solid number, so let’s cull the masses of inspiration and narrow it down. What do you say?
- After the holiday glut of decadent eating and drinking, I figure most of us (except the very disciplined of us, of course) want to cleanse the palate and generally try to live a little healthier. I could definitely go that route after my week-long holiday back home. Therefore, I resolve to run 4 races this year. One every 3 months, so I always have one to be working toward.
- In the vein of cleansing my palate, preparing my lunch during the weekdays to avoid spending the outrageous amounts on midtown lunches. Saving myself 1 day for a bagel, each week.
- Since starting Roxie Ginger back in July, I’ve come to enjoy writing and working on improving it. My goal is to write something – maybe not an entire post, and maybe not even something that I will share with anybody else – but write something every day.
Are there any that I might be missing? What are some of yours?
Now that that is settled, let me come back to the task at hand, introducing you (or maybe not!?) to a new drink we discovered on New Year’s Eve. A few years ago a friend of mine brought back a bottle of Becherovka from a trip to Prague. An herbal, spiced liqueur, it wasn’t love at first taste, but it was intriguing enough to keep me coming back.
After a while, it grew on me, but I couldn’t find the perfect way to incorporate this into a cocktail. In this month’s GQ, an interesting recipe for a gin and tonic-esque recipe featuring this tasty herbal apertif sparked my interest. It hadn’t ever occurred to me to use tonic water, so I adapted this recipe to be consistent with my already urban family favorite gin and tonic recipe.
It was a show-stopper, as its unique, warming flavor in a familiar setting seems to be just the right libation to ring in the New Year.
Becherovka and Fizz
What you’ll need (per glass):
- Becherovka – 1 shot
- Lemon – juice from 1 wedge
- Blue Agave Syrup – a tiny squirt (there is no precise measurement, just use sparingly to your taste)
- Tonic Water – to taste (I used a 1.5oz bottle of Fever Tree Tonic Water that tasted great)
- Ice – 4 cubes
- Place ice in glass and squeeze lemon over top. Squeeze in the agave syrup and then the Becherovka. Give a stir and then fill rest of glass with tonic water. Serve with a lemon twist or garnish, if you prefer.