It's happy hour around our house, and I for one take that pretty seriously. This post is simply a little shout out to my friend Marie, who introduced me to this amazing summertime drink. Not only is it clean, cool, refreshing, and perfect on a hot day, it also harkens back to my childhood: the classic Scotch & Soda from the drive-in, with all it's sweet vanilla goodness, but with a little more, um, oompf. And I am a big fan of oompf.
Here's how to make one for yourself. You need:
Vanilla vodka. I buy Smirnoff, because it is good, but cheap. My mom splurges and gets Absolut.
Sprite Zero. No sugar. No calories.
You can stop right there, but for a little extra somethin' somethin', you can also add:
Vanilla syrup - like Torani sugar free.
Lemons (not pictured, because I ran out.)
Take a large glass. Yes, a large one, you'll thank me later. Fill it with ice. Pour a bit of vodka in, to taste. Start with about a shot, add more as you like. I like more. Sue me. If you like sweet, a tiny splash of vanilla syrup is great here. If you have lemons, they are amazing in it. Wedge some up, squeeze a bit in, and muddle the rest with the ice and vodka. Top it off with Sprite Zero, and stir.
Then enjoy. And after you suck that one down, go make another. Just be sure you drink responsibly. These things can sneak up on you ;)
Looks like this one's broken. Better go fix it...