03 July 2012

The Red Carpet

Take one look at these gorgeous glasses and you'll want to pick one up and take a sip.  Today's fancy-pants drink is The Red Carpet, the old-school predecessor to the Cosmopolitan.  Simple yet absolutely elegant, all you need is a little vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice--here using Rose's lime juice, as its sweetness helps to mellow out the tart cranberry.   Shake with ice, and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Before heading out of the country for my Asian adventures, I had a lot of fun rediscovering classic mixed drinks, and this Red Carpet from a 1956 issue of Gourmet magazine deserves to go into your repertoire.  Really, getting the phytochemical benefits of cranberries has never been so easy or so civilized.  Plus, it adds a beautiful and festive splash of color to any party--try The Red Carpet this week as a part of your Fourth of July celebrations!


Given my busy work-travel schedule (and the fact that I haven't been able to bring my nice camera along with me), I haven't been able to keep up with regular posting, and I sure am missing getting to be a part of the lovely give-and-take of the food blogging world.  But get excited, because one of these days I'll be posting more about my food finds from my travels here in East Asia!

It's just another regular day of work for me today, but if you're celebrating, I wish you a happy 4th of July!  Blessings on you, my dear readers!

The Red Carpet 
Makes 1 serving
From Gourmet, October 1956

2 oz (55ml) vodka
1 oz (22 ml) full-strength cranberry juice
1 teaspoon Rose's sweetened lime juice. 

Pour all ingredients into a shaker half full of cracked ice and close shaker.  Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


the Junkie book said...

You sound truly happy Erica! Well-deserved!

The drink looks of course delectable.

What's special about 4th of July?

erica said...

Thanks Thoma! Ah, the 4th of July is the USA's national holiday to celebrate the independence/birth of the nation. :) Hope you are well!

The Church Cook said...

Hey Sweet Erica! Praying that you are kept healthy during your travels. :) This is such a beautiful looking drink. Loving lime juice, it will be a great reason to make some.

erica said...

Hi Kay, thanks so much! It's good to hear from you! My travels have been quite an adventure, that's for sure! So thankful for this opportunity to flourish in the ways God's blessed me, yet at the same time, the living-out-of-a-suitcase lifestyle does make me long for the peacefulness of home sometimes :) Hope you've been well!

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