Florida-Daydream-cocktail-2 This weather has us day dreaming of warm sunny beaches and tropical drinks as of late, only to be snapped back into bitter cold reality by a honking cab or a six-foot-deep puddle. If we can't have the warm weather we may as well enjoy the flavors. We used seasonally appropriate grapefruit paired with a little additional complexity from the Cynar and a nice herbaceous accent. Crush up some ice, fill a couple glasses, and put your feet up, it's mental vacation time.

The Florida Daydream

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka (we prefer Prohibition Distillery's Bootlegger 21 Vodka)
  • 1/2 ounce Cynar
  • 4 ounces grapefruit soda (we use San Pellegrino Pompelmo)
  • 1/2 ounce thyme honey syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • A sprig of thyme for garnish

In a blender, add 8-10 standard sized ice cubes and pulse on low until it becomes pebble-sized pieces. Fill a highball glass to the brim and set aside any extra ice.

In a separate mixing glass or pint glass filled with ice add the vodka, Cynar, and thyme honey syrup and stir vigorously. Strain into your highball glass.

Top the drink off with grapefruit soda and give it a very gentle stir. Add more ice if necessary to keep the glass filled up and garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme.