Friday, July 06, 2007

It's Five O'clock Somewhere

This week was a rough one.

Vacation season has a way of leading to a domino effect in my business. A chain reaction that culminates into a frenzied, heart racing moment of desperation.

The induced panic only disipates once the show is over and the cameras are shut off.

The great thing about the tee-vee biz is that A) nobody died at work and B) we get to do it all over again tomorrow.

For me - I get a nice weekend break and get to do it all over again Monday.

That said, there is a long, tall drink waiting for me.

If I had any vodka on hand - this is what I'd mix it with.

Mint Lemonade
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
Peel from 2 lemons, cut in strips
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 8 big lemons, including pulp but not seeds)
4 to 5 bushy mint branches

First, make a simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the mixture boils. Lower the heat and allow the syrup to simmer for another minute. Remove from heat and let cool. Twist each strip of peel over your pitcher to release its natural oil, and drop peels in. Stir in lemon juice and syrup. No more than a couple of hours before serving, add 3 mint branches.

To serve, pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup of base into a glass and fill with water or seltzer. You can also add a splash of water and a couple ounces of vodka. Or mix with champagne for a tart mimosa.

Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.

Makes base for 12 servings.

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