Thursday, January 28, 2010

Strawberry Fields

♫ "Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you!" ♪

This week's Greatest Drink is posted on Research Partner Kerry's birthday, and in honor of the occasion, Joe decided to whip up a specialty beverage just for her!

The unnamed concoction was put down before her and with eager samplings it was soon dubbed "Strawberry Fields."

The Recipe:

Into a cocktail shaker full of ice, add:
- a 3 count of Kahlua
- a 3 count of Grenadine,
- a generous pour of Heavy Cream

Shake "Festively"

Strain into a 16 ounce pint glass full of fresh ice

Garnish with a fresh strawberry, (or a maraschino cherries!)
Original recipe by Joe the Bartender, Passage to India Restaurant, Salem, MA.

Joe's the Bartender's Notes: Many, many years ago, I awoke one morning and lo and behold! it was my wedding day!
My wife is from Liverpool, England, so as tradition would have it, we travelled from London to her hometown for our BIG day. As days go, it was pretty good. In England, you have two wedding receptions. The first is after the actual wedding and is a sit down with family and friends. The evening reception is more informal where you invite all the fun people. Our evening reception was at the Adelphi Hotel in the center of Liverpool city.

As the Disco music, (that is how long ago it was!) thumped and our revelers gyrated in flared pants and satin tops we enjoyed a delicious strawberry beverage. I do not know exactly what the original recipe was, but have managed to replicate the flavor and texture as closely as memory serves.

If you want to make your drink extra special, try making your own grenadine syrup. Simmer a good pomegranate juice, ( I would recommend Pom,) for 15 minutes take it of the heat and add superfine sugar to taste.

A note on the Adelphi Hotel. The main staircase from the Titanic was modeled after the staircase at the Adelphi Hotel. This led to many "I'm getting a terrible sinking feeling" type jokes from my new wife.

The song "Strawberry Fields" was written by John Lennon. Strawberry Fields refers to the name of the Salvation Army's Children's Home in Liverpool.

Chris the Barfly's Notes: This drink reminded me of an extra delicious ice cream frappe , but with that extra punch to make it more "grow-up!" The drink was very sweet, with a rich and interesting character and great taste, (Hey! Just like Kerry !)

Kerry the Research Assistant's Notes: Mmmm. The Strawberry Fields is immediately reminiscent of a strawberry cream candy found in one of those Boxes of Chocolates. It is so rich and full-flavored that the taste stays with you from sip to sip! Delish!

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