Sometimes it’s Friday evening, and you’re sitting around. Someone, like Wining Husband, says “I want a martini.” I agree, but I realize, “Hey, we don’t have any gin, and we have no vodka either – not that a martini should be made with vodka.”
But we have dry vermouth. We’re going to be moving, so we’ve been committed to making alcoholic beverages with what we have, so that we don’t have open bottles when it’s time to move.
Wining husband then pointed out that we had Ouzo, but that it might be odd to combine Ouzo with dry vermouth. I thought to myself, “Hmmm…we also have Jaegermeister.”
I then jokingly said, “We should combine Ouzo, Jaegermeister, and dry vermouth. It would probably be like a Manhattan in taste.”
Wining husband laughed. Then said he’d probably just sip on some Ouzo. I told him to get to work creating my drink, that I was serious.
He mixed together 1 shot of Ouzo, 1/3 shot of Jaegermeister, 1/3 shot of dry vermouth, and added some bitters. I tried the result and said, “Hmm, that’s not bad. It has a great color, and it tastes good.”
He decided he would then make himself one.
He came into our home office and said “Wow, that is good. I’m surprised. Who in their right mind would ever dream of combining Ouzo and Jaegermeister?”
Wining Wife: “Not me; I’m not in my right mind.”
You have it from the horse’s mouth. This is the cocktail to try, folks. It is like a Manhattan in body, but is much more awake in flavor.
Sometimes, you create something awesome out of unrelated ingredients.