I was not familiar with Rachel's blog and I am so happy to have been given this assignment. Rachel is a relatively new blogger, since April of last year and she is a girl after my own heart. You know what she blogs about?
Well, food, of course....she has a recipe page that is broken up into categories. Breakfast.....Bruleed French Toast anyone? Cocktails...yep a whole section just for cocktails! Desserts, including this Chocolate Orange Layer Cake that is going to make an appearance in this household very soon. Main dishes like these fun Chili Fritos that would be great followed up with this Blackberry and Watermelon Salad. Rachel had this under salads but wouldn't it be a great light dessert? Rachel finishes up her page as we often finish up our day...with Snacks.
Rachel also hosts a book club, I told you we were soul-mates. Each month she shares not only a review of the book they read but the recipe for the cocktail she served and the menu of her dinner with at least one recipe. My kinda girl!!
But, my favorite part of Rachel's blog? Her Don't Judge Me Monday posts. Each Monday, Rachel shares a new cocktail that she has developed. Of course, this is my favorite category......don't judge me!
You knew, as soon as I said Rachel had a cocktail section, that I was going to choose to make a drink recipe. This drink did not come from her Don't Judge Me Monday's section, but rather from her Book Club section. Rachel served Orange Gin and Tonics, when she hosted their review of Girl on a Train. I have also read and reviewed this book. You can read my review in this post.
I made one slight adaptation to this recipe, using vodka instead of gin. We are vodka drinkers and had no gin in the house. I actually had 3 of these one evening while eating popcorn and watching our Food n Flix selection, Pan's Labyrinth. Then, the other night, when we took our daughter out for dinner for her birthday, when I ordered up my usual vodka tonic, I asked for them to add a splash of oj. I have found a new favorite cocktail. Thanks Rachel!!
Orange Vodka Tonic
adapted from By the Pounds
1 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 vodka
tonic to fill glass
orange wedge, for garnish
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add the juice, vodka and enough tonic to fill glass, Garnish with an orange wedge.