Good Drinks for Bad Days
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Got fired? Satisfy your urge to set something ablaze with a Flaming Diablo. Heinous meeting? Plunge into a Death in the Afternoon. Gained weight? Forget the club soda—embrace those newfound pounds with a Butterball. The reality is, when the day really sucks, forget all the ways you might rise above it—you have the right to wallow in it. Tell yourself your problems, give yourself some much-deserved sympathy, and make another round on the house. Soon you’ll be your own best bartender, the one who can really cure whatever ails you. In this book you’ll find more than 50 delicious antidotes for everyday disasters, handily organized into recipes for Work, Love, Home, and Life in General. Drinks range from a basic whisky sour to a champagne cocktail, and recurring "From Bad to Worse" bursts offer suggestions for an added alcoholic kick when things get really bad.
2-inch strip of peel from a washed piece of citrus, avoiding as much of the pith as possible. Twist the peel just above the drink, then run it around the rim (if desired) and drop it in. Spiral: A longer version of the twist, this streamer-like curlicue adds festive panache to a cocktail. Use a vegetable peeler or paring knife to remove a thin, continuous peel from one end of the fruit to the other, then twist it around your finger and drop it in the drink. Slices and wheels: When a
something on fire. And while you might be tempted to torch your desk, your files, your boss’s car, or your business suit, it’s much more therapeutic—and enjoyable, not to mention legal—to set a drink on fire. Burn, baby, burn! Good Drink: Flaming Diablo 1 ounce Cognac ½ ounce Cointreau 2 whole cloves 1 long strip of lemon peel 1 long strip of orange peel 6 ounces hot coffee In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the Cognac, Cointreau, cloves, lemon peel, and orange peel. Pour the
worst sweats, and haven’t showered in three days. Time to wallow with a drink that will make you feel elevated to a better, more attractive place. And hey, look on the bright side—maybe next time you won’t even be recognized as the troll who said “hi” today! Good Drink: Beautiful 1 ounce Cognac 1 ounce Grand Marnier Pour the Cognac and Grand Marnier into a brandy snifter. Don’t stir. Just drink. From Bad to Worse: Realized you still have zit cream on your face? Add a shot of amaretto
your mind. Perhaps you were thinking too much about technique. Perhaps your expectations were too high. But wow, that was really the worst. Nothing disappoints like a really bad kiss—especially when you were sure it was going to be perfect. Time to pucker up and put your mouth on something you know will be delicious. Good Drink: French Kiss ⅔ ounce raspberry purée 1 ounce ginger beer Dash of apricot brandy 3 to 5 ounces chilled champagne Fresh raspberries for garnish Pour raspberry
palette before quaffing. Bad Day: Got arrested Whoops! You got taken down to the station. Surely there was some sort of mix-up regarding that suspended license, barroom brawl, tax return, or public display of drunkenness, and all will be straightened out quickly. But once you’ve been fingerprinted, you can no longer order sissy drinks. After you post bail, order up this one. Good Drink: Alabama Slammer 1 ounce Southern Comfort 1 ounce amaretto ½ ounce sloe gin 1 ounce orange juice