In every stage of your life, you’ll hit times when it seems like it’s just not your week, month or even year. As a teen, it’s the awkward years, or in my case super extended awkward years, and now as a mid twenty year old it’s the ‘transition phase’ to adulting.
It’s that weird time when you pay all your own bills, live on your own, but still look for an adultier adult to solve larger issues. Like do you still get drunk on Wednesday’s, or do you try and ‘adult’ it during the week and wait until the weekend? Do you have to start making life decisions like getting married or can you still save change in a jar to fly to Spain on a whim? It’s confusing as all hell, to say the least, and the idea of having to make these decisions at 25 is an internal emotional roller coaster none of us will ever understand. So what to do?
Drink. Obviously. Weren’t you listening?
So with going through a rough and emotional couple weeks, I turn to my good friend Vodka to help me push all those emotions into a dark crevice of my mind and forget about them. Healthy right? Good. Today I present to you The Perfect Day Cocktail because we could all use a perfect day now and then. It’s my own twist on Matt Harrison’s cocktail at Ramen Shop in Oakland, California. I wanted to display the unique taste of Pineapple Gum Syrup and I love the idea of a drink thats sweet, salty, and savory married deliciously together. Throw in a touch of bourbon saltiness with the unique taste of cilantro and this cocktail is sure to cure any bad day and make you forget all about adulting.
2 parts kosher salt
2 ounces Vodka
1/2 Jalapeño – diced
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce Liber & Co. Pineapple Gum Syrup
1/8 ounce (1 bar spoon) agave syrup
4 leaves cilantro
Bulls Bay Bourbon Barrel Smoked Flake Sea Salt for garnish
Beautiful Deco Coupe Glasses found at Salt & Sundry in Washington, DC
Combine the Kosher salt and Bourbon Barrel Smoked salt, and use it to rim a chilled cocktail glass. Combine the vodka and diced jalapeño peppers and let sit 30 minutes. The longer you let it sit, the stronger the taste of the jalapeños. Combine infused vodka, lime juice, pineapple gum, agave syrup and cilantro leaves in a cocktail shaker, and shake over ice; strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with the cilantro leaf. Let your troubles slip away.