In case you’ve been living under a rock this week, and hadn’t heard the news, it’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday. That’s not exactly correct, it’s Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday (that’s Dr. Seuss’ real name). So what would be more appropriate than a Dr. Seuss inspired cocktail recipe?
You’ve gotta admire a guy who can crank out a bunch of children’s books that are full of silly words that even adults love. Of course you never read anything about either of his wives bitching about how his rhyming gibberish drove them to drink. Or how his sexy talk, of more nonsensical words, made their lady parts dry up because they felt like they were about to do the nasty with a gangly, flea bitten, smart ass cat that was channeling his inner hipster by going to Phish concerts while wearing a red and white striped hat.
I’ve noticed that most of the food bloggers, today, have taken the easy way out and have done posts on green eggs and ham. Wow…now there’s a stretch. I think I had a teacher make that for us when I was in grade school. So kudos to you for thinking outside of the box.
I’m a huge fan of Dr. Seuss, and another writer named Shel Silverstein, for using words in a fun way that gets kids wanting to read more because it’s fun….not because they have to.
Today, being Friday, is cocktail day on My Man’s Belly. I created a special cocktail recipe in honor of Dr. Seuss. While Craig and I joked about making a green eggs and ham cocktail (that would have been completely unpalatable), I opted to use Yertle the Turtle as my inspiration. It’s a riff on the famous Moscow Mule.
If you don’t remember the story of Yertle the Turtle, here’s a brief synopsis. Yertle was the king of the turtles, but he wasn’t happy only being king of the small area he could see from his rock in the pond throne. So he demanded that his turtle subjects pile on top of one another, so he could be at the top and see further. For if he could see it, it was his kingdom. After several hours Mack, the turtle on the bottom of the stack, began to ask if they could stop because he was in pain. Yertle told him to shut up and called out for more turtles. This continued on all day and well into the night. Upon seeing the moon, Yertle was angry to see something higher than himself and called for another 5,607 turtles be added to his pile. That was when Mack had had enough. So he let out a burp and down came the stack…including King Yertle, who was forever more known only as the King of the Mud.
As far as cocktail recipes go, this is a simple one. But since we’re talking about turtles and pond life, I think simple is best. You’ve got a light green color from some mint simple syrup, a touch of lemon for the zing Yertle felt when he fell from his perch, a little vodka so he had something to soothe the pain of his fall and of course some fizzy ginger beer to cause that burp that toppled Yertle back to Earth.
If only it was always this easy to discern between the two extremes.
Recipe: Ginger Beer Cocktail: The Yertle the Turtle
- 1 Ounce Vodka
- 1/2 Lemon (juiced)
- 2 Teaspoons Mint Simple Syrup (recipe below)
- Ginger Beer
- Add vodka, lemon juice and mint syrup to cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until very cold.
- Strain into an ice filled rocks glass.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint.
To make Mint Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, over medium high heat, add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 5 small sprigs of fresh mint. Stir and cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cool, pour into a blender and puree. strain mint syrup, through a coffee filter into small covered container and refrigerate.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)