Tracy and I are friends because in 2009 we caught each other rolling our eyes at the same thing. At some point during one of the first BlogHer FoodBlog Conferences Rocco DiSpirito was trying to sell us on the merits of frozen risotto reheated into an almost glue-like paste. Rocco was wearing one of those Madonna style Vogue microphones and jogging through the labyrinth of tables being his own frozen risotto hype man. Oh Rocco. Thank you for your enthusiasm for frozen risotto, it was bologna but you made two people friends for life.
I caught Tracy rolling her eyes at Rocco’s fist pump just as I was equally disturbed.
In my memory she says something like, “Want to grab a drink at the bar?” and I respond with a “Race you to the escalator!”. Friends for life!
While my kitchen life is haphazardly piled high, operating near chaos, Tracy’s organization situation is ship-shape. We’re incredibly different. Tracy is organized, loves even numbers, and wears black and white. I’m disorganized, don’t even want to talk about numbers, and dress like Punky Brewster.
Tracy came down from San Francisco to Los Angeles to help me organize my life. She is the only one I’d feel safe revealing the madness of my medicine cabinet to. Good grief. She only judged me a little. Also… I embraced big hair (don’t care). Welcome to the latest Bonkers Awesome episode on ulive!
It’s the weekend! Let’s consider a cocktail. Maybe it’ll inspire you to clean a bookshelf, too! Everyone should have a Tracy in their life. Oh man… for real.
These cocktails are bright, seasonal, and simple. Fresh pink grapefruit, thinly sliced cucumber, spicy ginger beer, and gin! Sweet and fresh meets spicy and gin. It’s everything it should be.
Happy weekend, my friends! Cheers to living!
Oh! The pretty wooden spoon in the above picture can be found here. The paper straws are just a byproduct of food blogging. Apologies all around.
makes 2 cocktails
lots of ice
2 to 4 ounces gin, depending on how strong you’d like your cocktail
1 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
1 cup ginger ale soda
fresh grapefruit wedges
fresh cucumber slices
Divide ice between two tall drinking glasses. Add gin: as much as you’d like depending on how strong you’d like your drink. Divide the grapefruit juice between the two glasses. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with grapefruit wedges and cucumber slices. Throw some straws in there, cheers, drink up!