And so begins a segment I call cocktail/mocktail. I got the idea for father and son drinks after seeing how disappointed B was that he could not have any of the Mai Tai I just mixed up (more on these in another post). He was fascinated by the manufacturing process, and was upset that he missed out on all the fun of pouring, measuring and shaking. So, I figured that if he is going to drive me to drink anyway, he might as well share in the the fun and learn a thing or two. Obviously the mocktails are alcohol free, but that doesn't mean they are not complex, interesting, and more than the sum of their parts. Making a little adventure out of a drink is a unique way to teach your kids to appreciate new flavors and experience the satisfaction of handmade slow food. So mix a cocktail up for yourself, then help your kids make their own mocktail using the companion recipe.
Most recipes in this section will require a few simple tools. If you're a parent who enjoys a casual cocktail, you probably have everything you need. If not, l I recommend picking up a nice, quality shaker, a pint glass or mixing glass, and a good jigger. As a last resort, grab your nearest sippy cup, cover the tit with your thumb and shake it like a polaroid picture.
Let's begin with the Gin Rickey, a classic cocktail staple that every guy should have in his repertoire. The ingredients are simple, the prep is straightforward, and you don't have to be a gin lover to appreciate the nuances of this refreshing citrusy treat. It's great after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, or for a light mid-afternoon restorative after putting the kids down for a nap.
The Gin Rickey
2 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Add first three ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice, shake briefly to combine; pour into collins glass with large ice cubes and top with club soda.
The Ginger Mickey
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
1/tsp grated ginger
Combine first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously. Strain into small cup, top with club soda. Serve with bendy straw and lime wedge.