Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lemon Screwdriver

Why is a cocktail with orange juice and vodka called a screwdriver? I have no clue.

But that doesn't mean I can't riff on it.

This time around, I wanted to use an ingredient called "Fizzy" that I received from The Spice House through my friends at 37 Cooks. Fizzy is an interesting product. It looks like little bits of Styrofoam. Or maybe miniature albino Cheetos.

But it tastes a little lemony. And it fizzes. Bet you couldn't guess that.



It's not as violent of a pop as you get with Pop Rocks - it's a more gentle fizz. Its pleasant. And lemony. And what was I going to do with it?

I decided it would make an interesting rimmer for a cocktail, but then I wondered how I'd get it to stick without dissolving too much and losing the fizz.

For a change, the first thing I tried worked really well. I wet the rim of the glass with a little bit of honey, and then I dipped the rim into some bits of the Fizzy that I had cut into smaller bits. It worked really well.

I had some extra Fizzy that wasn't stuck to the rim of the glass, so I added that to the cocktail to add just a little fizz there. It was a fun little drink.

Lemon Screwdriver
by Donna

Honey
1 teaspoon The Spice House Fizzy
1 ounce Smirnoff Lemon Sorbet vodka
1 ounce lemon simple syrup*
Orange juice to fill glass

Use your finger or a small food-safe paintbrush to paint the rim of the glass with honey. Chop the Fizzy into smaller pieces and place it on a plate. Dip the rim of the glass into the Fizzy to get as much of it adhered as possible.

I used a martini glass, but you can use any glass you like.

Put the leftover Fizzy in the glass.

Pour the vodka, simple syrup, and orange juice into the glass and serve. Or, add ice to the glass, if you prefer, then add the vodka, simple syrup, and orange juice. Or put the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice, then shake, then pour it into the glass. Whatever makes you happy.

Serve.

*I used a lemon-flavored simple syrup from a company called Not-So-Simple Syrup. If you can't find it, you can make your own, or make a plain simple syrup and then add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the cocktail.

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