Spring comes to the Cackalacks!
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Good afternoon internets! It’s Rim. You remember. We met that one time in that place. Okay, you don’t remember me. Well I was the guy with the honey liqueur. Oh that guy. Yea. It’s okay, I almost didn’t recognize you either. Yea, I got a haircut.
Getting back on track, it’s spring here in North Carolina! So, we’ve got pleasant weather. And pollen. And perhaps swarming bees.
One more left turn, before I actually get to what I was going to say. If you do see swarming bees, by chance, do not call pest control! They will just kill them. Call a local beekeeping group instead. The beekeepers will literally race one another to the scene to deal with the bees for you.
(Do not call beekeepers to deal with wasps. Wasps are just jerks and nobody cares if they die.)
Okay, anyway. Blog post. Spring time. You with me?
In its natural habitat, Krupnikas is a cold weather drink. Probably not surprising to anyone who’s tried it. Rich, thick spicy flavors that linger, and a finish that gently warms you up without the harsh alcohol bite. Perfect on its own, or goes well in coffee, tea, hot cocoa, eggnog, mulled wine, etc, etc, etc.
However, it can be a fantastic mixer for summertime cocktails as well! Here’s a few ideas for folks to try, and as always if you invent your own cocktails, I’d love to hear about them.
Firstly, there is Krupnikas on the Rocks. This will make it sweeter and smoother, with less of a lingering burn. Careful! It drinks quickly!
You can also add a splash of club soda to give it some more refreshing texture, and some bubbles. I like a 50-50 mix to keep the honey flavor prominent.
Another one I like is the “Lithuanian Hillbilly.” a bit of Krupnikas in some sweet tea. Ideally from Bojangles.
Two more slightly ‘advanced’ cocktails, meaning they have more that two ingredients:
Spiced Honey Margarita!
1.5 oz Krupnikas
1.5 oz Good Tequila (100% agave ftw!)
1.5 oz Sour Mix (make your own, it’s easy and delicious-er than what’s in the store)
Shake pour on the rocks, salt the glass if you want to. You could even add some cayenne if you’re into that. Look, you’re an adult, I’m not going to tell you what to do.
Make this by the pitcher. Recipe somewhat depends on how much you want to make. I’ll just provide some suggested ratios.
30% Blood Oranges
15% Strawberries (ideally local and fresh)
15% Lemon / Lime juice
15% Light Rum (I officially endorse Muddy River Carolina Rum)
Throw all that stuff in a blender. Push the button. Pour on ice. Drink next to a pool and ignore all obligations.
AS ALWAYS DRINK RESPONSIBLY AND NEVER EVER DRINK AND DRIVE ALL CAPS THIS IS A BIG DEAL
Well it’s good to see you again internet. I look forward to awkwardly meeting you in a grocery store sometime.