This drink is a favorite of mine when I've had a bad day and just want one good stiff drink to put me in a better mood. I used to make them lots in Portland. I introduced a few people to them during Mardi Gras too. I ALWAYS use Tequila for this drink. It adds just the right zing. Some snobby drinkers insist that the only Long Island "type" drink that should have Tequila in it is in fact a "Long Island". I don't personally agree, but you can leave it out if you want to. Just make sure to add a little more vodka in it's place.
This is another one from the American Diabetes Association that is a guilt free indulgence. Great not only for diabetics or dieters, but anyone who wants to remember their childhood without all the fat and calories
The secret to a suburb martini is to take the gin right out of the freezer, have the glasses iced, and have a jumbo olive stuffed with what you like, I like a jalapeno stuffed olive or try a lemon stuffed olive MMm or a large English pickled onion (I think that makes it a Gibson). Sacrilege I put in 2 ice cubes just so it isn't too decadent.
What a nice (and EASY!) gift to give at the holidays or any time of the year! Uses dry ingredients (like powdered instant iced tea mix) that are easily found at the grocery store. I put my mix in a pretty glass container and tie with a ribbon with an instruction card attached. Each recipe makes about 4 servings.
Finally Captain Kate! Here I am w/your belated birthday present. This is a little something light I've found refreshing in the afternoon when I'm busy doing my ZWT cooking! It's tasty, goes down really fast & smooth & doesn't cloud your mind when you're measuring ingredients either!