Guys, if you thought the spate of 3 ingredient cocktails was bad, then hold onto your knickers ’cause we’re about to get WILD.
The Skinner Dipper is – wait for it – 2 INGREDIENTS. YES, WE WENT THERE.
We’ve officially gone ‘spirit and mixer’ stylee, but this spirit and mixer combo is probably one of the best out there; it’s not particularly sweet, due to the fact that it uses cranberry juice instead of lemonade, cola or orange juice which are far sweeter mixers, as I’m sure you’re aware.
The cranberry juice lends a tartness to the cocktail, which compliments the inherent sour edge of the melon liqueur. Considering that there can be anywhere between 2 – 3 times more cranberry juice than melon liqueur, it actually feels miraculous that the melon is distinguishable at all – but it is, and as a whole the cocktail is more enjoyable for it, and a solid entry for the repertoire of easy to make drinks. At the very least, it’s worth trying it in the place of your typical rum and coke – or vodka and orange juice – with another benefit of the recipe being that it’s scalable; having just 2 ingredients means that you can make pitchers of the stuff with ease, therefore making it ideal for larger gatherings such as pre-drinks with mates, or BBQs with extended family in the summer. It’s also a slightly unusual combination compared to typical ‘spirit and mixer’ offerings, so if you ask your guests if they’ve tried it before you’ll most likely find that no one has. And who doesn’t love introducing people to something new?
2 ingredient drinks – especially scalable ones – also lend themselves well to customisation. For example, I would personally try this recipe with a sweet white wine, or perhaps a frizzante for a delicate carbonation, and to give it that decedent edge. Basically, the world is your oyster, so why not try out some new ideas on what is a pretty basic, and hard to ruin, recipe?
Really, the moral of the story is to branch out and try something new, but failing that, the next time you’re out on the lash or down your local ‘Spoons, try asking for a Midori and Cranberry – then weep as they probably don’t stock the Midori, before going home to make it for yourself again.
♦ 2 ounces melon liqueur (Midori recommended)
♦ 4 – 6 ounces cranberry juice
Pour both ingredients into a chilled glass and then stir. If you want a truly cool experience (eh, eh), fill a longer glass with ice and serve over that.