Gin is enjoying quite a renaissance these days. Craft distillers are popping up all over the world and trying their hand at this botanical beverage, plus the development of craft tonics and a vast range of bitters is allowing bartenders to create curious cocktails. Some are a homage to traditional cocktails of the past during the British gin boom, others are new and innovative. Moreover, there are even kits that you can use to “make your own gin” at home! With our upcoming Gin 101 tasting I was inspired to try my hand at a gin cocktail!
What You Need (makes 1):
10-12 mint leaves
1 oz simple syrup
¾ oz lime juice (fresh)
1 ½ oz gin (I used Gin Mare)
2 oz ginger beer (I used Royal Jamaican)
Mint sprig and lime for garnish
What You Need To Do:
In a cocktail shaker muddle mint, lime juice and simple syrup. Add gin and fill with ice. Shake and strain into an ice filled cocktail glass, top with ginger beer and garnish with mint and lime!
What It Taste Like:
Choosing a gin-based cocktail was not an easy feat, there are what felt like thousands to choose from. My love for ginger beer piqued my curiosity of how gin and ginger beer would pair. Turns out, it’s delicious! The spice of the ginger beer was complimented by the herbal notes in the gin, and it took away some of the bite from the beer. It was also 18 degrees out in November when I made it, a perfect transition season beverage!