Ginlicious: This summer's favorite cocktail
Summer just got more delicious. I’m always looking for a new way to create classic drinks. A drink that’s fresh with few ingredients and full of flavor.
"Forget your troubles come on get happy. We're gonna wash all those blues away. A sprig of mint and some simple syrup. Fresh-squeezed juice, club soda, and Tanqueray."
Gin cocktails have been around for a long time. Some of the classics: Gin and Tonic, Sloe Gin Fizz, Tom Collins, and Giblet, to name a few. I'm trusting my old friend Tanqueray for this cocktail because it rarely disappoints.
I digress...back in the day, during the Bogeys' days, Gin & Tonic was one of my favorites. Bogeys was a downtown bar on Broadway between Water and Market Streets. It was a crazy, wild place that many frequented for an ice-cold beer, a headbanger band, or a game of quarters. Not a classy joint but a fun one!
Class or no class, Gin & Tonic is still one of my all-time favorite drinks, however, it's time to shake it up. Ginlicious requires few ingredients. Sip it on the patio or deck and enjoy.
Shot of Tanqueray
¼ of the juice from a whole grapefruit
A teaspoon of simple sugar
Sprig of fresh mint
Add ice chips to the shaker. Add the gin, grapefruit juice, and sugar to the shaker and shake it. In a tall glass, pour the mixture over cubed ice. Finish filling with club soda. Add a sprig of mint and a twist of grapefruit rind. Enjoy the flavor. The most wonderful sip is the first when you breathe in the mint. Fantastic.