Today is World Gin Day!
I’ve never been a big fan of this spirit – I grew up with the green bottle of Tanqueray forever present on my Mom’s living room bar – but in honor of the day, I’m willing to give it a try again. I might go for something with a smoother finish and hopefully much less of a Christmas tree-like taste.
Gin is distilled first then re-distilled with a very unique blend of spices and botanicals, specifically juniper. Yes, juniper, your all-purpose Christmas Tree. Ugh! Anyway, Thrillist has a Gin 101 online guide for more information.
As you should know by now, I love my cocktails, so here is one classic recipe with a twist from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen that might satisfy me.
- 1 ounce Bombay Sapphire gin
- 4 ounces Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
- Plenty of ice cubes
- A slice of cucumber
Pour all ingredients in a glass and stir.
If the Elderflower (or other flavored) Tonic removes that yucky tree taste then I might be tempted to re-try these other classic cocktails.
- 1.5 ounces sloe gin
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 ounces simple syrup
- club soda
- Add all the ingredients except the club soda into a shaker with ice and shake.
- Strain into a highball or Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
- Top with the club soda.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry.
- 2 oz. gin
- ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz. simple syrup
- Seltzer or soda water
- Combine the gin, lemon juice and syrup in an ice-filled Tom Collins glass and stir.
- Top off with seltzer water.
- Garnish with lemon slice and cherry.
- Cracked ice
- 2.5 ounces London dry gin, such as Beefeater
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth, preferably Noilly Prat
- In mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin and vermouth.
- Stir well, about 30 seconds, then strain into martini glass.
- Garnish with olive or lemon twist and serve.
This one I would love to perfect at home! My memory always conjures up the famous words “shaken, not stirred” from one of my favorite fictional characters, James Bond, whenever I hear a martini mentioned.
Oooh and when I find a spirit-laced food recipe that interests or intrigues me, I’m going to include it in my posts and here is one that has my mouth watering…
Gin n’ Lime Popcorn
- 3/4 cup of white sugar
- 6 cups plain, unflavored popcorn, popped: either air pop or microwaved will work
- 1 Tablespoon butter, unsalted
- 3 Tablespoons water
- 4 Tablespoons preferred gin (Pick a gin with nice, strong botanicals and avoid navy strength gins)
- 1 wedge of lime
- Salt to taste
The preparation and instructions for this snack can be found online at Gin Is In.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these at home.