The best conversations always happen when you’re hanging out with your friends at happy hour.
I’ve always wanted to start a cocktail club. Sort of like a book club, only with cocktails and creatives.
As a self-ordained professional drinker, I felt the need a while back to take my level of expertise up a notch in the realm of adult beverages. I definitely had a love of cocktails, but I really wanted to expand my palette into more fresh and creative territories.
I also needed a new excuse to drink, and “Because it’s [insert day of the week here]” was getting a bit repetitive.
As I began to explore the various types of spirits, I started collecting cocktail recipes - everything from the classic and simple, to the what-the-hell-is-that-ingredient and the I-can’t-pronounce-this-to-save-my-life.
Somewhere around recipe #300 I started gaining the confidence I needed to be more creative and experiment a bit on my own.
This is where you come in.
Think of Cocktails and Conversations as our monthly virtual happy hour. Like food, cocktails bring people together. And what better way to do that than to push yourself to try something new each month. Or just to drink for the hell of it.
Each month or so I’ll share a new cocktail recipe with you. It may be one of the classics one month, a craft cocktail the next, and something I created on my own the month after that. Or they may all be gin cocktails for awhile, who knows.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
I’d love it if you’d make a cocktail for yourself, too, and join me in the Unconventional Creative Facebook Group for happy hour.
And while you’re at it, make a second drink for a friend and invite them along. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
FEELS LIKE SUMMER
3 oz. Hendrick’s gin
1 oz. St. Germain
1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
12 fresh red or black seedless grapes
Place 8-10 grapes into a cocktail shaker; muddle well.
Add the Hendrick’s, St. Germain, and lemon juice to the shaker, then fill with ice.
Shake vigorously for 15 seconds or so. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with remaining grapes.
Drink. Enjoy. Repeat.