Gin, this Spring’s Key Ingredient

Gin Cocktail

When Spring rolls around and the mercury rises, there is one key feature that your drink should have, besides granting you the ability to “Do the Dougie” at the neighborhood barbecue. The drink should also relieve the effects of the warm spring weather, refreshing you as well as loosening up that personality of yours.

Gin is a relatively light liquor, with a floral accent that also blends well with a number of juices, sodas, and other mixers. So, with no further ado, here are some gin-based concoctions that are ideal for a warm spring day and an event that calls for some boozing.

 

Cucumber, Basil, and Lime Gimlet

It was surprising to us just how much we enjoyed the cucumber flavor in this drink, but we quickly came to understand the infatuation. This one is pretty easy to make, yet has an air of sophistication that will impress guests, not to mention your own palette.

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A gimlet is traditionally made with 2.5 ounces of gin, half an ounce of lime juice, and half an ounce of simple syrup. To put a slight twist on the original, simply muddle cucumber in the shaker, add a bit of basil to said shaker, and repeat the above procedures. This is the definition of a classy party starter.

 

Singapore Sling

When we saw the name of this cocktail we knew that it had to be added to the list. A bit of careful (and thorough) investigation reveals that it is also a gobsmackingly good drink in addition to its eye-catching name. Some consider the Sling-invented at the Raffles Hotel in its namesake nation- the most famous cocktail to emerge from Asian culture, but we will leave that for others to decide. Here’s how to make it:

Add .75 ounces of gin, preferably Tanqueray. Then, add in .25 ounce of Grand Marnier. Thirdly, .25 ounce of cherry liqueur followed by .25 hours of herbal liqueur. Add an ounce of pineapple juice, .5 ounce of lime juice, and a dash of bitters and you have your Sling.

It is a bit more complicated than some may prefer, but those willing to put in the time to make it right will have a fruity, refreshing drink for any spring occasion.

 

El Chapo

Without giving any more attention to the cartel leader who goes by the same name, we could not pass on adding this simple yet refreshing concoction to the list.

It requires a special ingredient that you may have to go out of your way to get your hands on, but that is part of what makes this drink so special.

The key ingredient is Stiegl-Radler grapefruit beer. Try to find it, but another grapefruit-flavored beer will do in a pinch.

Begin with 1.5 ounce of gin, then pour in an ounce of strawberry-infused Aperol and top with an ounce of the grapefruit beer.

Serve over ice and garnish with two freshly-sliced strawberry wedges. You know, for effect and whatnot.

Then go ahead and guzzle that down at your leisure.

 

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