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.