I know everyone is heartsick over the recent tornado devastation in Oklahoma City this week. The damage is unbelievable. My heart goes out to everyone directly or indirectly affected by this disaster. I know the helplessness those of us who live far away are feeling.
Dedicating a blog post to those affected doesn’t seem like much, and indeed it isn’t much. It certainly isn’t tangible help. But it is my tiny way of showing how much I deeply care. Food and drinks are a universal thread that run through any society and connect people all over the world together. We give food to show our neighbors, friends and family that we care, or to congratulate them, or to help them out. Food is nourishing and comforting; it is both our most basic means of sustenance and one of the most joyful experiences we can share with others.
Some may disagree with me, but I think a stiff drink is in order. Not as a means of escape, or to pretend this tragedy is less than what it is, but because sometimes you have just earned one. Dr Pepper was my favorite soda growing up. And while I no longer drink it, I still think fondly of it. It is familiar and reassuring, and turning it into a hard drink is perhaps a little of what is needed right now. This drink tastes exactly like Dr Pepper, if Dr Pepper were alcoholic. It was lovely.
To all those in Moore and OKC, please know that we are thinking of you, praying for you, grieving with you, and wanting to help you in any way we can. We send our love and condolences and wish you healing and grace.
Source: adapted from Cocktails Drinks Recipes
1 part Kahlua
1 part Southern Comfort
3/4 part Amaretto
Note: when I (or rather Matt) made this, 1 part equaled about 1 shot glass
Fill a tumbler glass with ice. Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the Kahlua, Southern Comfort, and Amaretto to the shaker. Shake to combine. Strain the mixture into the glasses. Top off with club soda and serve immediately. Makes 1 drink as written.