Back in our courting days, many a Saturday afternoon we spent mixing cocktails.
Some folks spend their time productively with actual hobbies and volunteer work. They go hiking or skiing. They do crafts or knit. They clear the snow from the driveways of their elderly neighbours. We pretend to be bartenders.
This was probably the one time in my life that I’ve been ahead of a trend. Tequila Sunrise, Harvey Wallbanger, Manhattan, Sidecar…we made (and drank) most of the classic 1960’s and 70’s cocktails. All pre-Mad Men.
One day we spotted Hurricane glasses, so we had to add those to our collection of boozy paraphernalia. Did you know that the Hurricane is a stealth drink? You have one and it pretends to be all fruity and friendly. But then it sneaks around the corner and when you stand up, aiming for the kitchen, you remember, with a sense of alarm, that the formula uses six ounces of alcohol. Per drink.
I think we started making the Brazen Hussy because of its charming name. Or, maybe we had the right ingredients on hand. It’s a nice, simple 3-ingredient cocktail. (Not like those darn ambushing Hurricanes that require a special trip to the happy store for supplies.)
When we didn’t have the required gin, we substituted vodka and voila…the ‘Shameless’ Hussy was born.
I used my precious stash of end-of-season Meyer lemons to make the drinks for the photo and I would say the Meyers made things a little too sweet for me. “Normal” lemons are more to my taste here.
- 1.0 ounce gin*
- 1.0 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 0.5 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Put everything in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into a glass. Imbibe.