It's hard to believe that Chanukah is half over. Despite all the work involved, everything slows down, even for just a moment as evening falls, signalling time to add another candle to the menorah.
Then time to open another present, following by a very grown-up dose of vitamin C.
I'm not a good drinker. After all these years, my tolerance still hovers around zero. But lately there have been many excuses to attempt a build-up. Holidays, weddings, showers, birthdays, tough days at work and tougher days at home doing work. Not necessarily in that order.
I'm not sure how I came up with this simple drink, except that the almond flavor of Disaronno and the orange flavor of orange juice sounded like a great combination. Three ingredients in all, four if you count the ice. Pour the first three over the fourth, stir and pop in a straw. A co-worker who will remain nameless (since I forgot to ask permission) rationalized that the added cinnamon makes this an official holiday drink. To look more fancy-schmancy holiday-ish, garnish with a cherry and/or a slice of that orange before the squeezing step.
There are a few brands of amaretto on the market, but in my humble opinion Disaronno is the best.
Disclaimer: there ain't none ... no remuneration was given for an endorsement. I just like the stuff.
Hammer is a play on the more famous oj and vodka mixture called a Screwdriver. Hammer also describes how it attacks my head the next day if I don't bother measuring and wind up pouring the Disaronno with a too-heavy hand. You can now truly say, this Hammer really nails it.
Holiday Hammer Cocktail
Yield: 1 serving
pinch of ground cinnamon
1 jigger (1-1/2 ozs.) Disaronno
4 ozs. orange juice (preferably fresh-squeezed)
Fill a glass with ice. Add cinnamon, Disaronno and orange juice to glass, in order. Stir to combine. Pop in a straw.
Serve immediately. Sip and savor slowly.