Sometimes, when you get together with your friends for a birthday weekend in a hotel that you’ve rented out, weird things happen.
Yes, that is me, and yes, I am drinking out of a pickle jar.
A very large pickle jar. That we bought at Costco.
But as you can see, there aren’t any pickles in that jar….it’s full of something way better than kosher dills, my friends.
It’s full of…
Well, there is also lemons, limes, sugar and ice, but mostly vodka.
Yucca is a fun drink that my friends introduced me to in 2009 and we’ve repeated it on subsequent occasions. It’s fun, easy and cheap to make, and it makes for a great pass-it-around community cocktail.
Oh yeah, if you have herpes, or are afraid of catching herpes from your friends? Don’t do this.
Or, still do it, but pour yourself a small glass and separate it.
But honestly, passing the pickle jar around is half the fun.
How to make Yucca
- 10 sliced lemons
- 10 sliced limes
- 3 lb white granulated sugar
- 1/2 gal vodka – I prefer Chopin or Belvedere, but make due with whatever you have
- 8 lbs ice
- One ginormous pickle jar, emptied and cleaned with soap and water
Slice your lemons and limes, making sure to catch all of the juice and emptiying it into the pickle jar along with your slices.
Add your sugar on top of the citrus, then pour the vodka on top of that. Next, add ice until the jar is completely filled to the brim, and then put the top back on.
Wrap it in a towel…
And then shake that baby!
Then wait. We like to roll the jar around…
Then shake it some more. After about an hour, it should be nice and ready.
We just pass it around among ourselves like hobos, but you can be dignified about it and pour some into a glass with extra ice.
Something about the pickle juice helps the citrus, sugar and vodka mix – there’s science behind it – something to do with the vinegar from the pickle juice that seeped into the glass – but don’t ask me how it works.
I just know it’s good.