Drink of the Week

By RJ Johnson

It is well known that even in times of recession, Alaskans do not stop drinking. They merely change where the drinking occurs. When people start to feel the squeeze, they stop going out to bars quite so much, and start drinking more at home. Bartenders, servers, and everyone else in service-industry related positions feel it hard. It’s an unfortunate reality for many in our business, but one that we know to watch out for.

But even if you aren’t going to be out at bars, you should still be able to have a quality cocktail, so this week we are giving you the recipe for a simple drink that you are able to make at home that may ease your mind if you are angry, or cool your head on a day when you are feeling overheated. This recipe was relayed to us through a bartender friend who did not want to go on the record, but told us enough for us to put the recipe in the paper. This bartender decided to name the drink ‘The Ruby Fox’ after a friend of who had left state suddenly and found their bliss in New York City of all places.

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To start, we need to make sure that there will be enough room to make the cocktail in your container. For this drink, it’s all about how tall it is. A Collins glass is what our bartender friends go with, but you could also use a Hurricane, or even a Tumbler. Just make sure that it is a very tall drink. Use a small straw, and if you don’t have a small one, just cut a large straw and make it stubby.

The next ingredient that will be needed is Diet Coke. This is will be the main mixer in the glass, and from all outside observations it will appear that you are having something non-alcoholic.

For this particular cocktail, use a combination of Disaronno Amaretto and Malibu Coconut Rum. Neither one of these spirits actually has a very strong proof, but they sound good if you are telling someone you had a rum and coke. They don’t need to know that it isn’t as strong as regular rum, or that it is the fruity tropical version of rum, just tell the story the way you want and everyone will think that you are drinking something that packs a punch, like a dark rum.

Disaronno Amaretto really isn’t that different from Dekuyper Amaretto except for the price point. Once you mix them into a cocktail, only those with an awfully discerning taste will be able to see that it is simply a slick marketing campaign that is making the Disaronno more expensive, but sometimes a good campaign is all it takes to get where you need to be.

This drink will keep its Caramel color, and color is so important when it comes to things we enjoy. We take things in with our eyes, first, and everyone has a favorite shade or tone that turns them on.

When we are facing tough economic times, we often don’t have the extra cash to go out and buy things that make our homes nicer. With just a little bit of creativity and a penchant for hanging onto memorabilia, we can solve these issues.

Our bartender friend has a collection of clothes left at their place from ex-lovers. They decided to cut up a flannel into small squares and let drinks rest on these memories of the past. When it comes to preserving furniture, you could make coasters out of anything that you wanted to.

Here is the thing: when the economy gets bad, it affects everyone. You may have to get creative to survive. Sometimes when everything seems to be going wrong, a cocktail can at least make you feel better.

Nobody needs to know what you are doing to cope. Keep it in a tall glass, put in the liquor when nobody is watching, and then let everyone think you are just having your usual soft drink.

Nobody will be the wiser, and you can keep your secrets.



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