In Season 2’s TOW Old Yeller Dies, Ross freaks out (we know, shocking) about missing all of Ben’s “firsts” — missing the first time Ben stood up on his own (remember when that was all anyone ever expected of you?) is what set him off. He rants:
I don't believe this. I miss the first time of everything. I missed, what, the first time he rolled over, the first time he crawled. What else did I miss? Has he spoken yet, is he driving, does he have a favorite liqueur?
A-ha! Liqueurs! We knew we wanted to feature that in this episode’s signature cocktail. But would we just sip on it, or combine it with something else? Rachel provided the answer when she grabbed a pink Fruitopia (remember those?) from the fridge and started shaking it up while fighting with Ross about his planning the next century of her life for her (good one, Ross).
So … pink fruity beverage and our favorite liqueur? Game on! Ben’s Favorite is our take on a pink lemonade. We call for a splash or two of club soda, but you could also serve this as a martini, sans soda.
(Note: This serves 2, unless you’re planning on staying in for the night.)
4 oz vodka
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz St. Germain or other elderflower liqueur
Juice of 2 lemons
Combine all ingredients except the club soda, then divide into two ice-filled glasses. Top with club soda to taste.