Just Like When We Were Kids

Pookie and I took a trip into New York City last month on assignment for my job, and during our down time we had a very hurried lunch at Caffe Grazie on the Upper East Side. We really wished we’d had more time, because they had a really impressive assortment of drinks on the menu, but we ended up having to teetotal. What a waste! Anyway, we scrawled down a little note of the cocktail we most wanted to try, and for the last six weeks I’ve been contemplating the combination of “lemon sorbet, absolut citron and limoncello” that it promised. How best to turn this into something that would make a boon companion to an afternoon hockey game? I mulled it over, and finally decided today that I knew how to handle it.

1. Put 3 cups of ice cubes in a blender.
2. Add 3 oz. of limoncello and 3 oz. of Absolut Citron.
3. Blend until slushy.
4. Add 1 pint of lemon sorbet.
5. Blend until slushy.
6. Pour into 3 glasses and top each with a drizzle of limoncello.
7. Use the drink to take the edge off a lousy day for the Devils in Boston.

A Maple Hoo Lemon Italian Ice

The end result of this cocktail is something that tastes exactly like those little paper cups of Italian Ice we used to get at the end of the day at summer camp when we were kids, only with a boozy kick. In fact, it tastes so much like them that Pookie and I both wondered whether those childhood treats had alcohol in them too. I can’t wait to build on this foundation all summer long.



Filed under Drinky-Drinky, Frozen!

4 responses to “Just Like When We Were Kids

  1. oh yum, that sounds good!

  2. That looks so ungodly delicious….

  3. You guys should totally make this! It’s so good and so easy! Or better yet, wait for hot weather and then make this. (It’s, like, 40 and blustery here. Not good Italian Ice weather. :D)

  4. -ookies, just read a Q&A with Anthony Bourdain and thought you might like this one particular part:

    Q:You and [Food Network Semi-Homemade hostess] Sandra Lee share an affinity for booze. Would you consider drinking with her?

    A: I wouldn’t consider it. I could see myself getting drunk with Rachael Ray. By all accounts, she’s pretty nice. My only problem with Rachael is the cooking part. Given she stopped cooking, I think we’d happily have shots of tequila together. But Sandra Lee’s food is collaborating with the enemy. It’s beyond compare. I couldn’t do it. It’s just wrong. That food is bad for the world. The exposure to it is dangerous.

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