Gin Rickey

gin rickey

For several months, a Gin and Tonic has been a good go-to drink for me.  I always get my tonic water at Whole Foods to avoid the high-fructose corn syrup that swims in Schwepp’s.  They have their own 365 Every Day Value brand for $2.50 for a six-pack of bar-friendly cans. Now while I like the flavor of tonic water, I wish I could reduce the sweetness of it.

Tonic water is bubbly water with quinine, citrus, and sugar.  Club soda is bubbly water, nothing more.  Whole Foods has some of that too. I googled club soda, lime, and gin to discover it’s already a common cocktail that I have heard of several times: The Gin Rickey!  Here’s the recipe:

Gin Rickey

  • In a 10-oz glass filled with ice, combine:
  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lime (I like it with more)
  • top with club soda (about 3-4 ounces)

You’ll end up with a drier, more refreshing, more sour alternative to the Gin & Tonic!  Yum!

Pink Gin

1 1/2 oz gin
3 or more dashes of bitters

Shake with ice, strain into cocktail glass.

About the simplest cocktail out there.  Clearly, you should use good gin and I recommend Angostura or Peychaud’s bitters.

Absolutely Perfect Margarita

margarita

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 oz of tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass
  • lime wedge garnish

So how’s that “perfect?”  The ingredient list is simple, but like I say in the book, quality is the key with all cocktails, so here’s what I used:

Lime juice must be fresh-squeezed.  I used course Himalayan Pink salt to rim the glass because it tastes really good and looks unique.  (Insert joke about manliness here)

hornitos reposado

I used Hornitos Reposado Tequila. A simple lesson in tequila types: blanco tequilas are unaged and so they’re the most pungent.  Reposado tequilas are aged 2-12 months to they are smoother, and anejo tequilas are aged from 1 to 3 years, so they’re smooth, the tequila equivalent to scotch.  Make sure it’s 100% agave tequila – that’s the only kind to use.

Hornitos Reposado is the best tequila I’ve tried so far, compared to Trader Joe’s brand 100% agave and 1800 Blanco.  It’s the smoothest and has the best flavor.

3 ingredients will help you make an absolutely perfect Margarita.  Simple!

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