Today is all about celebrating! Partly because it’s Friday, and we all know that’s reason enough, but also because it’s my birthday! Today I turn the ripe
old young(ish) age of 55. I remember when I thought 55 was old. When I was 16 I thought that if I managed to live to the age of 55 then I would have lived a good long life. Funny how my perspective has changed! Now, I still feel young at heart, and by embracing the Cook Eat Be Healthy Lifestyle I’m hopeful that my body will cooperate and give me several more years!
When it comes to Cook Eat Be Healthy and alcohol I generally avoid it. Not that I don’t enjoy an occasional drink – trust me – I do! But most generally I prefer to avoid the sugar and calories that are inherently present in alcohol. I don’t like beer. I’ve tried to like wine but it’s all just bitter tasting to me and leaves me with a headache. I do, however, enjoy a good, smooth, perfectly aged whiskey like the one I get from Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery right here in Iowa! There’s just something about this whiskey that makes it extra special, not the least of which would be the fact that it’s produced right here in I-OH-WAY! 😉
Back in the olden days (now I sound like my kids when they were little) and I’d drink whiskey it was mixed with diet soda. Now that it’s been years since I’ve last had any pop, and since I intend to never drink it again, I needed a new way to enjoy my whiskey! I do cook with it occasionally and that’s always results in a super delicious meal like my Triple ‘B’ Burgers. But when I want to enjoy a celebratory cocktail on my birthday I wanted to mix my whiskey with something that I could feel at least a little bit better about!
So the end result was a recipe for Citrus & Honey Sour Mix! I love lemons and limes. Their tart bright citrusy flavor makes me happy. But mixing straight up lemon and lime juice with whiskey….wow…..that’d make you pucker up! 😜 When I bought sour mix from the store I was disappointed by the flavor. It wasn’t really all that sour – mostly it was just sickly sweet – probably due to high fructose corn syrup that was used to sweeten it. YUK! Once again using the Cook Eat Be Healthy rule of any occasional treat being a part of the plan if it’s homemade, I knew I could make my own sour mix and thereby enjoy a Whiskey Sour birthday cocktail!
It was a simple process of juicing several lemons and limes and combining the juice with a honey and water simple syrup to make a Honey & Citrus Sour Mix that not only tasted deliciously sour, but also wouldn’t bust my live-it!
- 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup water
- Heat water to a boil in medium saucepan.
- Remove from heat and stir in honey until it completely dissolves.
- Set aside while juicing the citrus fruit.
- Squeeze as many lemons and limes, in any combination to yield 2 cups of juice.
- Strain pulp from juice.
- Stir juice into honey water until well mixed.
- Pour into jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
- For this batch I squeezed 7 lemons and 5 limes.
- To mix a whiskey sour, I use 2 parts sour mix to 1 part whiskey, but you can mix it to whatever strength you prefer!