This past week the two things that have been on the forefront of my life are food and cocktails. This is not necessarily a bad thing. This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend not one, but two amazing food events and see a lot of fab people from all over town. Of course I was too busy eating and drinking to take pictures, but believe me when I say, it was an amazing time. I kicked the weekend off with LA Wine Fest on Saturday. It was a hot, sweaty affair with tons of interesting wines, and not enough food. Luckily we made up for the lack of sustenance with a trip to Jitlada Thai immediately after. I would have loved to fast, but the next day I had Taste of the Nation to look forward to. The amount of food was simply overwhelming. Highlights for me were the beef skewers from Chaya, the pork belly from Mercantile, and the liquid olives from The Bazaar. Naturally when you're on a roll with the food and cocktails, it's hard to just stop. On Sunday I made a trip to the Bev Hills farmers market with Chrysta from Kiss My Bundt. Apples aren't really in season so they are a great deal and I got one so I could make this great drink I recently spotted on Momofuku For 2. This is really refreshing and perfect to cool off with on a warm day. The pink lady apples lend their sweetness and mild tartness to the soju and the lime water helps this effervescent drink feel light. This is a perfect sitting on the patio while watching your afternoon waste away kind of drink...not that I know what it's like to have a patio anymore, but a girl can dream, right?
Apple Soju Cocktail
(Adapted from Gourmet, October 2007)
Makes about 4 servings
1 Pink Lady apple
1 1/2 cups soju
Chilled lime flavored sparkling water
Lime wedges, optional, for serving
Cut apple into matchsticks, discarding core, then put in a pitcher and stir in soju. Let macerate, covered and chilled, at least 30 minutes.
Fill 4 glasses with ice. Strain about 1/4 cup soju into each glass, then add some apple pieces to each glass. Top off drinks with sparkling water and some of the apples. Serve with lime wedges if desired.