A long weekend is approaching here in the States and as such I think it only appropriate that I/we enter into it cocktail in hand. I'm still on a rhubarb strawberry kick despite all my attempts to move on. I apologize if you are not a rhubarb lover. I will make a better attempt to focus on a wider variety of recipes soon. I promise...
Speaking of obsessions, along with the rest of the world, I share the obsession for Mason Jars. Mason jar anything. My Mason Jar proclivity lately manifested itself in the acquisition of that lovely Mason Jar Shaker in the photo below. A while back I discovered Kickstarter, an online funding platform for entrepreneurs interested in getting exposure and earning capital to bring their products to life. While there I stumbled upon two guys Josh and Eric both originally from the South who were advertising for pledges for their Mason Jar Shaker. I wholeheartedly signed on, donated some money and eventually received my shaker. I love the thing and now if you like you can purchase one to love too. Just hop on over to The Mason Shaker, page and peruse and purchase. I've also seen them available at Amazon, where they call it the Moonshiner's Mason Shaker.
On a side note it slightly amuses me that Moonshine is the hot spirit of the moment. We can legally purchase Moonshine in the liquor stores now as demand for the spirit is going through the roof, in large part do to a recent obsession with American craft spirits, bourbon and all things Southern. Although made and produced more famously in the Southern U.S., Moonshine was made and produced really all throughout America, especially so during the prohibition years. My husband's Great Grandpa Elijah Napier was making "shine" in the woods of North Idaho in the 20's and 30's along with many others I'm sure. I can only imagine what he'd be thinking now.
Ok enough rambling, on to the drink. Along with selling great shakers, The Mason Shaker guys also develop really phenomenal cocktails. This being one of them. Most of their recipes can be found on their Instagram page so if you are on "The Instagram", you definitely should go check it out.
In fact they have a pretty lovely looking drink posted right now called "The Hop Skip" in honor of warm summer days that are sure to be showing up around here sometime very soon.. Right? Right? Maybe if I drink that and this, it will do the trick. Or maybe if I drink that and this I won't care that it's raining and that will do the trick. I think the second scenario is more likely than the first but I digress.
Wherever you are this weekend, whatever the weather, whatever the season it doesn't hurt to raise a glass to summer, or winter, or whatever. If you happen to live Stateside be sure to raise a glass, give thanks and reflect this Memorial Day Weekend. Find a way either large or small to honor all our servicemen and women who have died to protect and serve our great nation.
Strawberry Rhubarb Smash
Serves 2 or 1 if you're having a bad day
2 T. Strawberry Jam
Juice of half a lemon
4-5 medium strawberries
4-5 one inch pieces of fresh rhubarb
4 oz. vodka
Place the jam, lemon juice, strawberries and rhubarb in a shaker and muddle. You can use the handle of a wooden spoon if you don't have a muddler. Mash/smash it well being sure to break up the tough rhubarb pieces. Add a large handful of crushed ice and pour the vodka over the top. Place the lid on the shaker and shake, shake, shake.
Strain the liquid from the juices, over ice into an old fashioned glass, and top with club soda or seltzer water. Serve with a rhubarb spear.
This post is in no way sponsored by the folks at Kickstarter or The Mason Shaker. I just love them. You should too.