Skinny People Booths

Visited the Violet Hour on New Year's Day for the first time.  Not sure why I had never been before.  Had a great time with friends, and guess what - the Violet Hour was great!  I didn't get turned away at the door - I fit into the booth - just barely.

Our server was so good at his job that I wanted him to be my friend.  And the drinks: thoughtful, exciting, and like a great but simple bite of food - you can tell when care has been infused along with the kefir lime leaf. Oh, and sad Leonard Cohen filled the room - not a alt/hipster wispy peep heard all night (although this video is something).

My drink at the Violet Hour?  The Presbyterian.  I always go for the religious beverages.  It's absurdly simple - ginger, bubbles, sweetness, whiskey, lemon, ice cube (or if you are the Violet Hour, one gigantic, phallic ice cube).  Make sure each item is the best you can get and you will be quite happy, at least for a little while.  I like to throw in a little molasses for some extra bite.

Josh's Presbyterian

Ginger Syrup
1 large knob of ginger, unpeeled, washed
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 TB blackstrap molasses
1 tsp lemon juice

For the Cocktail
Ginger Syrup
Good Rye, Whiskey, or Bourbon
Soda Water
Lemon Peel

Make a ginger syrup by grating the ginger (or just slice it thin if you prefer a little less gingerness).  Combine the ginger with the water, sugar, molasses and lemon juice in a small sauce pot and stir.  Bring to a simmer for a moment and then reduce heat to a bare simmer for a half hour or so until delicious.  Strain syrup to remove ginger bits and cool.

To make the drink, fill a 12 oz glass with ice (or the above mentioned ice phallis).  Add some ginger syrup, it's a preference thing - about a tablespoon.  Add a shot or two of whiskey/bourbon/rye.  Add soda to fill and run a little lemon peel around the rim of the glass and drop it in.  Have a nice day and lose some weight.