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Red-Headed Step-Child Martini

The Spin Cycle this week is about stress.  Eeeeewwwwwwww.  There was a time in my life I was under so much stress it made me physically ill.   Very ill.  Extremely ill.

For like two years straight.

But once I removed myself from the stressful situation I was in, the illness went away – practically overnight.  Not that things were all hunky dory afterwards – far from it – but the situation was so much better it was unbelievable.

The memory of that very stressful time in my life stays with me; I keep it close, and on purpose.  Not so I can feel sorry for myself, or dwell on the past, but because the saying “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it” is very, very true.  And because no matter how hairy things may get now (and sometimes things get very hairy indeed), the knowledge that things could be much, much worse is always right there where I can get to it easily.

What, you may ask, does all of this have to do with a Red-Headed Step-Child Martini?

Well…why not?  I mean, really – if you’re feeling stressed-out and put upon, what better drink to unwind with than a Red-Headed Step-Child Martini?

Actually, the name is all Oldest Son’s idea.  Beloved and I had been perusing the liqueur section of the local liquor store when we came across a bottle of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur.  Ginger liqueur?!?!?  Well, we just HAD to try that out.  But what would go well with ginger liqueur?  We picked up both a bottle of of pineapple-flavored vodka and orange-flavored vodka.  Later, as we were doing a little experimenting, I had the following IM conversation with Oldest Son:

Me: I got some ginger liqueur and orange flavored vodka – YUM. Now I need a name for the damn thing…

Oldest Son: Ooo, that sounds good!

Me: It’s quite tasty (I’ve got some pineapple flavored vodka to go with it too…)

Oldest Son: Ginger and orange… the Red-Headed Step-Child maybe?

The kid is brilliant.  The only problem is that it wasn’t red – it was clear.

You think that’s going to stop Beloved?

Red-Headed Step-Child Martini

Red-Headed Step-Child Martini

serves Percy Weasley

1/2 part Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

1/2 part Rose’s Pomegranate Twist Cocktail Infusion

2 parts orange-flavored vodka

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice; shake vigorously.  Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a cherry and serve immediately.

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Michele says:

OMFG! This sounds awesome. I have none of the ingredients but I want it NOW. Is it wrong that it is 5:21 in the morning?
.-= Michele´s last blog ..Chatting with Sherry =-.

Is it wrong that it’s only 8 am and I want one now.
I couldn’t even Spin about stress; it was too stressful.
.-= Maureen@IslandRoar´s last blog ..Life After Yes!! =-.

I’m right there with Maureen and Michele – it’s only 8am and I want one! And I wholeheartedly agree with you about the saying – it is SO very true! 🙂
.-= Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)´s last blog ..Some Weeks Can Be More Stressful Than Others =-.

Hell, you did the impossible and turned stress into Happy Hour!
You’re linked!
.-= Sprite’s Keeper´s last blog ..Tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free. =-.

Mama Badger says:

I’m all about the 9:am happy hour. We need it around here.
.-= Mama Badger´s last blog ..Random Tuesday Thoughts =-.

I need to drink this weekend. It’s a must after the week I’ve had …..
.-= Twenty Four At Heart´s last blog ..Debbie Downer Pays A Visit =-.

LPC says:

Very sage advice. Remember the stress, don’t block it out, as a way to prevent a relapse.
.-= LPC´s last blog ..The Privilege[d] Guide To Paris (for not too many euros…) =-.

Kingsmom says:

Clever! The hubby just sent me an email about Cola and Double Chocolate Organic Vodka from

I’m not sure about Cola but your Ginger sounds delightful.
.-= Kingsmom´s last blog ..Spin Cycle – Stress =-.

Erin says:

Oh yummy. Such perfect timing. I need this. A lot.
Have a fab weekend.
.-= Erin´s last blog ..i can’t stress this enough =-.

Darling Daughter says:

Rofl! Serves Percy Weasly

Gretchen says:

When is your cookbook coming out? I’m serious. When?

This sound very refreshing and summery. Yum.

And I love the Weasley reference.
.-= Gretchen´s last blog ..Spin Cycle: Release =-.

I have had some of that ginger liqueur– quite the yum I must say. I love how not only do you recommend this as a stress reliever, you also include the recipe.
.-= Christopher (AKA: CaJoh)´s last blog ..F2: Bag It =-.

Monica says:

I can’t wait to try this one, sounds delicious! I need a drink…it has been one of those weeks! Have a great weekend Jan! 🙂
.-= Monica´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

Anne Gibert says:

I’m back from Alaska and back on line. This is just the ticket. One of my best kids, Layer Daughter, is a martini specialist. She’s going to love this one.
.-= Anne Gibert´s last blog ..Talking, walking and wine =-.

phhhst says:

I think my stress reliever this summer is to peruse your martini recipes and try a new one every week. Yep. That’ll do it ; -)

And so with you Jan on keeping it close. I plan to remember this year for the rest of my life for the very same reasons.
.-= phhhst´s last blog ..Spin Cycle= Stress =-.

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