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December 05, 2005

Shaken not stirred

PomtiniI love this group of guys we have over here at DadCentric.  In many ways, we're all so alike.  We're loving husbands, sons and fathers.  We take our family responsibilities (but not ourselves) seriously.  We all share a kindred spirit and similar senses of humor.  And through it all, I think we're very much fathers of the new millenium. 

But as we learn more about each other, I find that we're also different in many other ways.  And as much as I love our similarities, I also appreciate our differences. 

So far on DadCentric, several guys have waxed poetically about their love of beer and have given tasteful reviews of their favorites.  A few others have shared some of their favorite recipes.  And Chag is on fire with his weekly football picks.

Well, shit.  I don't cook.  I hate beer.  And I haven't bet on pro football since I almost lost my tuition money back in '89.  But since DadCentric is partly a clearinghouse for fatherly and manly advice, I wanted to try and figure out how to drop some knowledge that I might have and share it with my fellow brethren.  So after thinking about it for awhile, I decided that I'm going to share my love for cocktails and drink recipes.

Like the pull-up jumper and the suicide squeeze, mixing cocktails has become a long-lost art.  A whole generation of men is growing up without being exposed to such artfully created drinks such as the Old-Fashioned, a Rusty Nail or Sidecars.  Sure, you might think of these as old people drinks but you know what?  These cocktails have been around for a long time for a good reason.  And as we become fathers, I think it's time to refine our palettes and expand our horizons.  I'm not saying that you need to give up beer.  I'm just saying that when you hit your late 30's or early 40's, it's time to stop ordering kegs for your next party.  At this age, you should be old enough to have a short list of cocktails that you can serve at a party. 

Further on down the line, I'll give you some of my recipes for classic cocktails like Bloody Marys, Gin Fizzes and Cosmos.  But for now, I thought I'd start off with one of the more recent trends in bartending...the citrus martini.  These are generally pretty easy drinks to make so give it a try this weekend.  You can use any type of fruit but I like using Pomegranate.  Enjoy!

The MetroDad Pomegranate Martini

2 oz citrus vodka
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz fresh pomegranate juice
1 oz simple syrup
Rose Water

Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a dash of rose water. Garnish with flamed orange peel, and serve.



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