Mummy Juice

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This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


2/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 inches of ginger, peeled and sliced thin
1 tablespoon ginger simple syrup (made from first 3 ingredients)
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice (squeezed or otherwise)
1 Tablespoon triple sec
3 tablespoons light rum
2 tablespoons club soda


Place water and sugar over low-medium heat, stir to melt sugar.
Add ginger, let steep over low heat, 5 minutes.
Off heat and let steep and cool; strain out ginger.
This is your ginger simple syrup)
Pour syrup, orange juice, triple sec, light rum and soda together.
Shake or stir.
Pour over ice cubes and serve (or strain and serve 'up').
Double or triple recipe, as needed.


Mummy Juice is one of my favorite new drinks. I am making it for Halloween—though it will definitely outlast this holiday. Perfect for Thanksgiving in fact. The color, the spiciness of the ginger, the citrus notes lent by fresh oranges. This one is a keeper.

When I have dinner parties, I am always excited to offer a special drink before dinner. In fact, some of my friends have come to expect it. If they show up and I am not pouring a new rosemary infused lemon drop or marrying a bunch of rum with fancy new tropical juices or rolling up my sleeves to make the world’s best Christmas Kazi, then they are sorely disappointed. And I hate to disappoint my dinner guests.

So I play bartender once in awhile, most notably around holidays. Admittedly the ‘ew, gross’ look does cross my face during this drink-creating process. But it is in the adjustments and imagination and ‘what about this’? attitude that will bring together the fun drinks that cross my table. Once the winces have subsided from awful tasting libations, I am often left with an inventive cocktail worthy of the next dinner guest.

This drink has a Halloween name: Mummy’s Juice. To serve it, I plan on wrapping GAUZE around a glass before filling it to the brim. (After Halloween, we will just have to rename it Mommy’s Juice—it does have a nice kick, after all).




Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 3:50am


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