Sharkbait’s Cocktail of the Week: Bad Day at Work

Who hasn’t had a crap day at work? I know I have had my fair share recently, and after an awful day, I know I can use a drink when I get home. This is a recipe I found a while ago while browsing the New York Times cooking section. It sounded easy and tasty so I saved it for later, and promptly forgot about it. I ended up re-discovering it when looking for dinner inspiration this past week. I really wonder what kind of day the creator had in order to invent their own drink, and call it the “Bad Day at Work”. Recipe via the New York Times:

1 cup Sugar

1.5 oz. Bluecoat or other high quality gin

4 oz. Clementine orange juice

Generous splash of seltzer

Fill a tumbler with crushed ice and set aside. Make simple syrup: in a small saucepan, mix the sugar with 1 cup of water. Simmer over low heat until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool, about 5 minutes. In a shaker, combine the gin and orange juice with 1 teaspoon simple syrup (remaining simple syrup can be refrigerated up to one week.) Shake well and pour into the tumbler. Top with a splash of seltzer, add a stirrer and serve.

Initial thoughts on this is that this seems like it is more than a mixed drink than a true cocktail. It is very light, and refreshing. Light is the key word here. I felt that it could be stronger than the proportions call for here. It could be due to the seltzer top off. There is no exact measurement, so the proportion is up to the creator’s discretion. However, even with the little bit I added, I could not taste any kind of gin flavor, which almost seems like a waste of gin. If I am drinking gin, I want to have some sort of gin taste to the drink.

The added seltzer (I used Schweppes orange) does add a nice bit of carbonation. The bubbles do help brighten the overall feel and brings the orange taste to the front. Of which, definitely use clementines as suggested. Using an orange I think would be a little too harsh. Clementine juice is not as acidic and a touch sweeter than orange juice is. Speaking of sweetness, Cointreau can easily be subbed in if you don’t have (or don’t feel like making) simple syrup. All told, this drink reminds me of a spiked Orangina. Given the lack of strength of the base, and the overall sweetness, this would not be at the top of the list after a terrible day at the office. I think I’ll stick with my bourbon, rye, or Scotch.

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Sharkbait has not actually been bitten by a shark, but has told people in bars that he was for free drinks. Lives in Boston, married to a Giants fan, he enjoys whisk(e)y, cooking, the Rangers, and the Patriots.
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Question: How would you define the difference between a mixed drink and a cocktail?

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Mixed drink is just a mixer and alcohol. Cocktail requires “crafting”



I was just looking at the Ladies pick em. This scoring makes as much sense as the old Insanity League. But, now they’re including prop bets, Hippo’s time to shine.

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Game Time Decision

thanks for the reminder. Round 2 starts tomorrow


Do I need to do anything?


Make picks?

King Hippo

Hippo notice, and SMIRE


Maybe it’s the Bad Day at Work talking but I’d like to explore investing in one of those Coffee News franchises.




Having a Bad Day at Work seems to demand that you’d have a Jobby Job:
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King Hippo

and YES, I have used that actual line in my piss-poor attempts to parent teenagers


This would be good at an outdoor party on this, the summer solstice.

Let’s have such a party.


Recipe via the New York Times:

At least it isn’t potato salad with raisins.

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Whoever the fuck Olivia is needs to get her hell cuisine the fuck outta here with those raisins.

King Hippo

that looks like actual dog vomit

The Right Reverend Electric Mayhem

Why couldn’t she have just liveposted a murder spree or something?

yeah right

Step aside, Butch!