Decker is a new summer, citrus cooler to enjoy on the deck (or porch, or backyard, or by the pool, or …)
It’s not “the Decker,” it’s just Decker. The drink was named by our neighbor Bob who happened to wander over to the deck while I was experimenting with ingredients and photographing the drink on, where else, the deck?
Bob’s commentary went like this as we sipped: “It’s like Facebook. Its inventor, Mark Zuckerberg, said it’s not cool to name it the Facebook…now that I think of it, Margarita is not the Margarita, right?”
So Bob named the drink, but he added, “Well, don’t go by me or give me credit for it, I just thought Decker might be a good name.”
I replied, “And for those who want two, we’ll call it a Double Decker”
“Hey, yeah….”Bob and my husband Bill replied. “Or a double shot of Vodka to make it a Double Decker.”
You never know when it will happen. You’re fiddling around with some ingredients and before you know it, you have a new drink with a cool name thanks to someone who found his way to your backyard. Do you have a serendipitous story of hospitality?
For the record, Decker is only trending on a small corner of my deck. But, you heard it here first.
You can adjust the ingredients to taste. Here is the recipe I used, inspired by the “Barbie of Sunny Acres Cosmopolitan.” (She freezes her concoction with the ingredients ever-changing.) And, Decker isn’t as sweet as a Margarita or a Cosmopolitan (one main ingredient is Triple Sec which Barbie also omits to cut down on sweetness). They key is the fresh lime juice for a pulpy tartness.
Yield: 2-3 drinks
- 1 lime for freshly squeezed juice, about 3 tablespoons
- 4 ounces of citrus-flavored Vodka
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice, or 1 tablespoon of frozen orange juice concentrate
- 3/4 cup cranberry juice
Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into glasses. Garnish with orange slice and place an orange rind in the drink for extra flavor.