A Ladle in Love
I was joined by another ladle for a winter wonderland adventure and boy oh boy did we do some adventuring. While we didn’t make it to the High Line, we did enjoy ogling some nice new and recycled fashions and housewares at the Brooklyn Flea, which is housed in the cavernous and gorgeous building that was once home to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank.
We also made some killer food—the Midwesterner will share her recipe—and played perhaps too many games of Scrabble. There were many highlights during the trip—fast walking, sex surrogates—but perhaps one of the most surprising showstoppers came in liquid form while waiting to catch Diablo Cody’s new flick, Young Adult. (No spoilers, but meh.) While sitting in the restaurant bar that is connected to the theatre, we both ordered the “There Will Be Blood,” a cocktail made up of bourbon, Employee’s Only grenadine, and lemon juice. It was the right mix of sweet and tart with the smooth finish from the bourbon; it was outstanding.
The Midwesterner departed earlier today and I, bereft with grief, ran to numb the pain. But what I realized I really needed was one of those drinks. I found myself standing in the bar section of Brooklyn Kitchen and just so happened to find that the only grenadine they carried was Employee’s Only. It was obviously fated. And who am I to question fate?
I did a little recipe manuevering and came up with ratios that most closely mimicked the drink we so thoroughly enjoyed that blistery, cold winter night. And because it’s a bit of my own creation and is topped with soda water, I have renamed it.
1.5 oz of bourbon whiskey
1.5 oz of Employee’s Only (or any non-high fructose corn syrup) grenadine
1 oz of lemon juice
Combine whiskey, grenadine and lemon juice with ice in cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice-filled glass. Top with soda water and garnish with lemon peel.