Category Archives: Drinking

Excuse me, sir, could you spare some gin? I seem to have misplaced my gin.

The Cucumber Caipiroska: Perfect Summer Party Cocktail

Every spring and summer ins Athens, I would always head to Highwire Lounge for their signature cocktails. My favorite of which was the Cucumber Caipiroska. This recipe isn’t exactly the same, but it’s pretty great. The only thing missing is the smell of the booths make from unfinished wood.

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Took this picture, in Highwire, on a Palm Pre. The drink closest to me is mine. It is almost definitely a cucumber caipiroska. 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup caster sugar
  • 1 Cup lime juice
  • 3 Stalks of prepared lemongrass
  • 4 Cucumbers, peeled and deseeded
  • ⅔ Cup white vodka
  • 3 Cups soda water
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Lime wedges

To Do

  1. Make a lime/lemongrass simple syrup. Place the sugar, lime juice and lemongrass in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil for 2 minutes or until thickened slightly. You can do this in the microwave if you’re careful with it.
  2. Serve it up. Allow to cool completely. Strain. Place the cucumber, white rum and lemongrass syrup in a blender and process until smooth. Pass through a sieve into a 1.5 litre-capacity jug.
  3. Finish it off. Add the soda water, extra cucumber and ice and stir to combine. Squeeze in extra lime, if desired. You can do this park all together or per cup, depending on how fizzy you like it or quickly it’s being drank.

Makes 1.25 litres (5 cups)

Mulled for the Gods

Mulling wine for the good of Thanksgiving was the best idea I’ve had in a while. Here’s a very precise recipe that I used. Sorry for the lack of real pics… but you can imagine, right?

If not, you can imagine it looks a little like this minus the star anise because it’s my least favorite spice of all time—I mean, who really needs a spice that tastes vaguely of licorice and/or fennel? 😠

I paired the picture of mulling wine with one of my sister passed out after consuming most of said wine. Recipe after the jump. Continue reading Mulled for the Gods

Seeking Nominations for All of the Best Bars in Athens

BESTBARS

We’re compiling a list of the best bars in Athens. Nominate your favorites by commenting below. We’ll take your nominations and publish the polls and reviews later on. We’re accepting nominations for the following categories: Best Venue, Best Drinks, Best Beer, Best FoodMost Fun, and Best Atmosphere.

So, sound off below and look out for our reviews and your chance to vote.

Make Peace With The Mighty Turtle (A Guide To The Terrapin Brewery)

If the Terrapin brewery was a bar, it would be one of my favorites. Since that is apparently an illegal thing for it to be, it is not. It’s just pretty great.

There are some downsides. Let’s get those out of the way up top. The line is always the worst. Parking is insane. Most of the bands that play sound like what Hooty and the Blowfish must have sounded like the first time they rehearsed together. If it rains you’ll probably be drinking in a crowded tent like you’re at some kind of pioneer hoe down out on the trail. Continue reading Make Peace With The Mighty Turtle (A Guide To The Terrapin Brewery)