This week’s Friday Cocktail features an original creation honoring my hometown, a Syracuse Cocktail.
Invented in 2012, this sweet cocktail is perfect for toasting the Salt City or celebrating our college team’s successes.
What you’ll need: Vodka, Dry Vermouth, Cointreau (or Triple Sec), Orange Juice, Grenadine, and Sugar.
Lightly coat your cocktail glass with lemon or lime juice and rim with sugar. In a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 2 ounces of vodka, 1 1/2 ounces of dry vermouth, 1/2 ounce of cointreau, and 2 ounces of orange juice. Toss in a dash of grenadine, and then shake vigorously. Strain into your cocktail glass. Alternatively, you may garnish with a slice of orange.
How I like it: In experimenting to create this concoction, I originally used sweet vermouth but find that dry vermouth is subtler and works better. I also thought of using salt for the rim of the glass; salt harkens back to Syracuse’s salt industry in the 19th century. Unfortunately, salt really conflicts with the taste of orange juice so I used sugar instead. The end result is a light, citrusy cocktail.
I hope you enjoy this original creation, especially if you live in Syracuse, New York!
Be sure to comment and remember to drink responsibly!