Creating Cocktails Can Be Fun!
I love everything about a cocktail – the smells, the colors, the glassware. I love that you’re supposed to wait until 5:00. I love that it’s slightly naughty. To me, a well made, balanced, cocktail, is an affordable, decadent, lovely indulgence. A little gift to myself for a day well lived.
The recipes I will be sharing each week will be low FODMAP and truly delicious. You will have to do a little more of the prep since ready-made ingredients may not comply. And it will help if you have the right tools.
My Favorite Tools
- Cocktail Shaker: I like a Boston Shaker and a strainer. The old fashioned kind your grandma had (or maybe just my grandma; I am the apple who didn’t fall far). I like this for three reasons. One, I like having a glass to pour liquids into so I can see what’s going on in there. Two, the kind with the lid always leaks, which is annoying. Three, they’re just cool.
- Jiggers in various sizes. It’s handy to easily measure in ounces.
- Muddlers: Mine is stainless and silicone. I love it.
- “Y” shaped vegetable peeler: These make creating strips of citrus peel a snap.
- Microplane zester for grating. You should get one anyway because we call for them in many FODMAP Everyday® recipes.
- Box grater
- High quality measuring spoons from 1/8 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon
- Mason Jars with tight-fitting lids: Some components, like simple syrup, should be prepped ahead of time and kept in your fridge.
- A Juicer: If you can afford it (Craigslist often has affordable used ones!) and have the space. Commercially bottled juices can contain high FODMAP ingredients. This one is compact and works well.
- Glasses! A high ball glass, a martini glass, a multi purpose wine glass, a champagne coupe or flute and a pitcher are all useful to have on hand. And, for the glasses, have several of each kind because it’s nice to drink with friends!