My habit of “On the side” was finally validated with our last movie in the Holiday Cocktail and Cinema series. “When Harry Met Sally” is the story of two friends that go through a tumultuous journey to finally realize they are truly, deeply, madly in love with each other. This power house cast of Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, and Bruno Kirby was directed by Rob Reiner. Written by Nora Ephron, there are too many funny moments to list. The iconic scene in the diner when Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm might be one of the best moments on film ever, capped off beautifully by Rob Reiner’s mom (one of the extras in the diner having lunch), when she says, “I’ll have what she is having”.
This cocktail was inspired by this movie that reminds us that sometimes everything we want and long for, we actually already have in our lives.
Thanks for sticking with us for this really fun 2 months of cocktails! We have had a ball and can’t wait for next year! Cheers, Y’all and HAPPY NEW YEAR from Make & Muddle!
I’ll Have What She’s Having
2 oz Vodka or Gin
2 oz Orange Ginger Cranberry Shrub
Splash of Fresh Lime Juice
Chill Coupe Glass. Add all ingredients to a shaker full of ice. Shake to chill and strain into a prepared coupe. Garnish with a lime or lemon twist. Can also be garnished with a cranberry or rosemary sprig.
I’m Going to be 40 Someday
1.5 oz rum
2 oz pineapple juice
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz cherry vanilla syrup
Add all ingredients to a shaker of ice. Shake until very cold. Strain into your favorite tiki glass or an old fashioned glass of ice. Garnish with a cherry.
This last food recipe is one of my very favorite New Year’s Eve dishes. It was developed years ago for an extravagant birthday dinner I did for a friend. It has turned into a staple that I make several times a year. Always exactly right with a Caesar Salad and some crusty bread.
1 lb lump crab meat, can be canned or frozen
4 tablespoons minced shallots
4 tablespoons chopped green onions
4 garlic cloves, crushed
.5 cup white wine
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoon dried thyme
.25 cup dry sherry
2 teaspoon paprika
2 cup hot water
2 teaspoon crab or seafood base
8 ounces tomato paste
4 bay leaves
4 cups heavy whipping cream
8 tablespoons butter
In a saute pan over medium-high heat and saute shallots, onions, and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and add the worcestershire, tabasco, and thyme. Saute until the pan glazes.
Deglaze the pan with the sherry. Whisk in the paprika, hot water, crab base, tomato paste. Add the bay leaves.
Simmer for 10 minutes.Whisk in heavy cream and the butter and bring to a boil.
Add the crab and simmer until cooked through. Serve with a Caesar salad and crusty bread.