Cocktail Recipe: the Sofi
We like a lot about our charming, little (very little) Eastern Market apartment, but hands down our favorite thing is the spacious (relatively speaking), leafy patio. We’ve been tinkering with it since we moved in, adding a grill here, tables and chairs there, lights, an outdoor bar, flowers, an herb garden. Finally, exactly one year after we moved to DC, we felt like we could call our patio complete; it was time to break it in with a party.
As is almost always the case with one of our parties, we decided to commemorate it with a new cocktail. Since this party doubled as a goodbye party for one of Steph’s co-workers, we named it in her honor. ‘What’s Sofi like,’ I asked Steph, looking for some inspiration. ‘She’s very sweet, and surprisingly strong,’ Steph answered. Immediately, that made us both think of Professor Jerry Thomas’ Mississippi Punch, a drink that’s perfect for a warm, summer evening, pleasantly sweet while packing quite a punch (pun half-intended). We wanted the Sofi to be even more summery, even sweeter, and even stronger; so we took out the lemons and replaced them with a berry liqueur and St. Germain. It was a big hit. The mure liqueur (similar to a blackberry) added some welcome richness as well as fruitiness. The whiskey added a hint of smoky complexity, while still leaving it a drink everyone seemed to enjoy. For the first time ever, we offered a cocktail people preferred to the always popular Watermelon Mint Margarita. Cheers to Sofi!
The Sofi Cocktail Recipe
- 1 oz brandy (make it a VSOP cognac, but the cheapest one you can find. We like Maison Rouge)
- 1/2 oz silver rum
- 1/2 oz bourbon
- 1/2 oz creme de mure (if you can’t find creme de mure or blackberry liqueur, substitute creme de cassis)
- 1/2 oz St. Germain
- 1 oz club soda
- Shake all but the club soda vigorously with ice.
- Strain into an ice-filled glass.
- Top with club soda.