I’m not quite sure how I stumbled upon this cocktail. I think I was looking for cocktails that had cranberry juice in them. Of course, that is a lot of cocktails, but this one had gin and fruit juice and I was hopeful!
Gin and Sin
1 1/2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Orange juice
1 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Grenadine or Cranberry juice
In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a few cranberries.
But, either I made it wrong or it’s just not that good. D thought it tasted like cough syrup. I thought it was much too sour. Maybe the lemons were too tart? Maybe the orange was sour? I don’t know, but this was the first time I’ve made a cocktail and not liked the end result. When I try it again, I will use a sweet lemon and use less of its juice, more orange juice and maybe some cranberry simple syrup, something with a lot more sweet in it, than just juice or a splash of grenadine.
D’s really wanted to try St. Germain, an elderflower liquor. It wasn’t easy to find though! The regular grocery stores here didn’t care it and the first two liquor stores I went to didn’t either. I finally found it at this shady, dirty, but surprisingly well stocked liquor store in town. Now that I have it I had to figure out what to make with it. This turned out to be easier than I thought because a lot of people we know seem to love the stuff. A few emails later I had the start of a nice selection. First up, is this mix of citrus, gin, and St. Germain.
1 ½ oz gin
1 oz St~Germain
3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz fresh lemon juice
¼ oz simple syrup
Combine the gin, grapefruit juice, lemon juice and simple syrup a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.
Wow! This was a fantastic cocktail: Citrusy, elderflowery, sweet and easy. I don’t think “elderflowery” is a word but the grapefruit and St~Germain complement each other perfectly. Turns out my friends know a thing or two about cocktails! I was a little leery about St~Germain without having tried it before but now? Now, I’m really looking forward to trying the rest of these recipes…
As promised this week’s cocktail is the classic Martini. Being a classic one this martini is made using gin. Vodka martinis are good but they’re not a real martini. On top of that gin martinis taste a better than vodka ones. Yes, I said that. Wanna fight about it? Anyway let’s get to it!
There are numerous ways to serving a Martini, too many to go into here. You can splash in a little olive brine (Dirty Martini), you can replace the gin with vodka (Vodka Martini), you can use both gin, vodka, and a little Kina Lillet (Vesper Martini), and a thousand other variations that aren’t really martinis just cocktail served in a martini glass (appletini’s cherrytini’s, etc., etc.) You can even serve it over ice in an old fashioned glass. I went with an older recipe for the drink, common in the mid 20th century, that calls for more vermouth than is now used.
3 oz. Gin
1 oz. dry vermouth
lemon peel or olive (garnish)
Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled martini cocktail glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink. Add garnish.
I didn’t know how to squeeze oil from a lemon peel. What I did instead was to pour the gin and vermouth through a sieve full of lemon zest. It seemed to impart a little of the lemony freshness into the drink. I’m not going to surprise anyone when I say this is a great cocktail. Simple, delicious, refreshing. All of that while imparting a sense of class and sophistication. Or that could just be me…
There was no Cocktail last week. I can’t recall exactly why now. I’m going to assume it was because D and I were very busy and/or I didn’t have time to do any research or go to the store and expand our home bar. I’m back this week with a drink I had never heard of containing a liquor I have never imbibed before. The cocktail is the Maiden’s Prayer and the liquor is Cointreau, a French orange liquor. We were gifted the bottle when friends of ours were moving across the country (literally, they drove from California to Florida) and didn’t want to drag along extras like wine and booze. The bottle has been sitting on the bar because we already had a bottle of Triple Sec and I’d never used the stuff before. D wanted to try it though and so she did some searching around and found this recipe!
Gin 1 1/2 oz.
Cointreau 1 oz.
Orange juice 1 oz.
Lemon Juice 1 oz.
Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon/orange twist.
These were good! Not really what I’d call Fall cocktails… The Cointreau blends perfectly with the juices and the gin is a good compliment. They were boozier than I expected or maybe the juices just didn’t mask the alcohol as much. D says that I’m a real sweetheart for making her lots of girly drinks. Whatever. A cocktail is a cocktail and so far they’ve all been really good. I’m not so insecure with my masculinity that I can’t enjoy booze mixed with fruit juice!
The fact that next week’s cocktail is going to be a Martini is completed unrelated!