Cocktails of Two Cities
In Season 3, Episode 12, TOW All the Jealousy, Joey auditions for a musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. So we were inspired to create Cocktails of Two Cities — cocktails inspired by our respective home towns/states.
Elizabeth lives in Maryland, so she made a combination of a Black-Eyed Susan (which also happens to be the official state flower) and an Orange Crush. The Black-Eyed Susan is the official drink of the Preakness Stakes — much like the mint julep is the signature beverage of the Kentucky Derby. The Black-Eyed Susan features orange and pineapple juice, vodka, rum, and orange liqueur. The Orange Crush was originally invented in Ocean City, Maryland, and is similar in flavor to the Black-Eyed Susan, but the ingredients are simpler: “cubed ice, two ounces each orange vodka and triple sec, the juice of one crushed orange and a splash of Sierra Mist (Sprite or club soda can also substitute for this).” (Source: Visit Maryland)
Elizabeth’s Black-Eyed Crush (so named because she wanted to give Ross and Julio — Monica’s crush — black eyes as a consequence of their behavior this week) features whipped cream vodka, orange and pineapple juice, triple sec, and sparkling water. She was going for a “refreshing creamsicle” feel, and boy does this one deliver. The pineapple juice somehow elevates and lightens the drink, even more than just orange juice does.
2 ounces whipped cream vodka
2 ounces triple sec (or other orange liqueur)
Juice of one freshly crushed orange (about 2 ounces)
2 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces sparkling water (to taste)
Combine all ingredients over ice in a large glass. Stir to combine. Top with more sparkling water or juice if you want your black eye to be a little less bruise-y.
Heather was born in Maryland, but was transplanted to Florida in elementary school, so her Florida roots now run very deep! She chose to put her spin on the Rum Runner, which was invented in Islamorada, Florida, in the 1950s, when a bartender wanted to get rid of the last few drops of several different liquors. (Long Island Iced Tea, anyone?) The classic Rum Runner features an ounce each of pineapple and orange juices, blackberry and banana liqueurs, and light and dark rums, with a rum floater on top.
Apparently, that still wasn’t enough alcohol for Heather’s taste, because instead of those two juices, she substituted … more liquor. Her Rum Runnerway (since Rachel and Monica wanted to “runnerway” from their respective love interests this week) recipe is a full six ounces of straight alcohol — over ice, though, so if you pace your intake, some of that should melt and water it down a little bit.
1 oz pineapple liqueur
1 oz orange liqueur
1 oz banana liqueur
1 oz blackberry liqueur
1 oz Siesta Key spiced rum
1 oz Siesta Key toasted coconut rum
Combine all ingredients over ice, stirring to combine. If you don’t want to runnerway completely, we recommend throwing some actual juice in there, too.