Do you ever get wrong number phone calls?
I’m a bit of a magnet for them, even though I’ve had my current cell phone number since I was a teenager.
I get the same woman calling me about once a month, and we always have the same conversation. Although I don’t know for sure what she looks like, in my head she is an older African-American woman, in a floral bathrobe sitting at a vintage oak dinning table sipping Taster Choice out of an old mug.
This was our most recent conversation:
My phone rings, I know it’s her.
Her: “Oh…Um…do I have the right number?”
Me: “Honey, you’ve called me every month for the past two years and this still isn’t the right number.”
Her, laughing: “Girl! Haha! Do I really? Aren’t you a sweetheart! Why you keep takin’ my calls?!”
Me: “Because if I don’t answer you just keep calling! Plus, I’ve gotten used to this.”
Her: “You are so sweet! You’re my girl. I won’t call you again, I promise! So nice to talk to you again.”
Me: ” Ok, hon. Talk to you next month.”
And I hope I do.
Somehow, a wrong number has turned from something that was an irritation into something I look forward to. And it was this conversation that I though about when my husband decided to put ginger in my cocktail. I’ve never liked ginger, it always just served as a bit of color on my sushi plate, or the stuff I would pick out of a salad.
And then this cocktail happened, and I decided to fall in love with ginger when it’s mixed with bourbon. The way I now look forward to my wrong number calls from Mrs. Tasters Choice.
My husband invented this beautiful drink, and it’s amazing in that get-this-away-from-me-or-I-will-drink-an-entire-pitcher kind of way. The bourbon, blood orange and ginger just meld in a perfect way that makes you wonder where this drink has been your whole life. To be honest, I cringed a bit when my husband started to grate the fresh ginger into the glass. But paired with the bourbon, it has more of a ginger ale taste that is really lovely, completely compliments and brings together all the other flavors.
Makes one cocktail, but you'll want to make more
- 2 oz burbon
- 1 ½ oz blood orange juice
- ½ lemon juice
- 1 ¼ simple syrup
- 4 oz ginger ale
- Garnish with fresh ginger, grated with a microplane or zester
- Add bourbon, blood orange juice, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, shake gently.
- Add ginger ale and stir to combine.
- Pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh ginger (don't be shy, it's really good)