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This delicious Pom Fizz is a delicious gin cocktail for any occasion.

Pom Fizz Cocktail

Now, that’s a classy Gin Fizz

This Pomegranate Gin Fizz, or Pom Fizz for short, is a deliciously fizzy blend of pomegranate juice and New Wave gin.

This Pomegranate Gin Fizz, or Pom Fizz for short, is a deliciously fizzy blend of pomegranate juice and New Wave gin.

Nothing beats the effervescent tingle of a fizz cocktail! This delicious Pom Fizz is a delicious gin cocktail for any occasion.

We’ve done our fair share of gin cocktails here on the Brio Smart Life Blog, but gin fizzes stand in a class of their own.

Like spritz cocktails, fizzes give your cocktails a sparkling mouthfeel that you don’t get from smoother gin cocktails, like martinis. They also tend to be lower in calories.

The traditional Gin Fizz recipe pairs gin, lime juice, club soda, and sometimes egg white. This cocktail does not contain any egg white, making it a diet friendly cocktail.

This Pom Fizz amps up the citrus taste of the classic gin fizz with the slightly sour-sweet taste of pomegranate juice. R.W. Knudsen’s Just Pomegranate Juice is a great choice, but you can use any pomegranate juice you like. Merely adjust the simple syrup accordingly to offset the sugar in the juice.

When selecting the perfect gin to pair with fruity flavors, I tend to favor the botanical essences of New Wave gins. These gins soften the traditional juniper taste of gin by putting emphasis on other herbal flavors.

In the case of Wilder Gin, its flavors are sage and other mountain herbs. When blended with pomegranate juice, these botanical flavors transport you into a little heavenly escape.

This is how you make a Pom Fizz Cocktail!

Pom Fizz Cocktail

Yields: 2 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Wilder Gin
  • 16 Ounces Club Soda
  • 1½ Ounces Pomegranate Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Sliced Lime for Garnish
  • Pomegranate Seeds for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Lowball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pom Fizz: Press sliced lime against the bottom of a lowball glass with a bar spoon or muddler, to release the citrus juice. Add gin, pomegranate juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds, or until chilled to desired temperature.

Pour over ice into prepared lowball glass, and top with club soda. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.5 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1.5

This delicious Pom Fizz is a delicious gin cocktail for any occasion.

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The sweet pairing of pear nectar and lavender makes this Airlie Garden Martini perfect for every garden party!

The Airlie Gardens Martini: A Pear and Lavender Cocktail

It’s a Garden Cocktail Party

This Airlie Gardens Martini is a sweet pairing of pear-citrus juice, lavender honey syrup, and Martin Miller’s gin that is perfect for every garden party!

This Airlie Gardens Martini is a sweet pairing of pear-citrus juice, lavender honey syrup, and gin that is perfect for every garden party!

The Azalea Festival is upon us again here in the Port City, and we have a lovely new addition to our list of cocktails for Azalea Fest: The Airlie Gardens Martini.

If you’ve never been to Airlie Gardens, we highly suggest you take a visit. This garden showcases seasonal blossoms, historic and modern sculptures, hosts a summer concert series, and has the most enchanting Christmas light display in the county.

This cocktail takes all the elegance of Airlie and blends it into a delicious pear and lavender gin martini that is perfect for a garden party.

Now if you’re a diehard member of Team Vodka Martini, this martini might not be for you, since the main spirit is gin. Unfortunately, the vodka version just doesn’t have the same mouthfeel or caliber of flavor of its gin counterpart.

But don’t worry Team Vodka Martini, we have quite a few vodka martinis on our blog to satisfy your martini preferences.

Pear juice is by far the most luscious juice I’ve ever had. I have been blown away by the pear cocktails I’ve had in the past few months. Seriously, go try the Pear Necessities cocktail at the Blind Elephant, it is phenomenal.

These cocktails served as an inspiration for the Airlie Gardens Martini. I wanted to create a pear-citrus martini that blended a floral note to it. That is where the lavender came in.

The gorgeous purple hue of the lavender garnish and simple sweetness of lavender honey syrup gives this martini the sophistication you’d want from a garden party cocktail.

This is how you make an Airlie Gardens Martini!

Airlie Gardens Martini

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Martin Miller’s Gin
  • 1 Ounce Organic Pear Juice
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • ½ Ounce Lavender Honey Syrup
  • Lavender for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Airlie Gardens Martini: Add Martin Miller’s gin, pear juice, grapefruit juice, and lavender honey syrup to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until completely chilled. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with lavender. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 185 Fat (g) 0.04 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 8

The sweet pairing of pear juice and lavender makes this Airlie Gardens Martini perfect for every garden party!

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The 10 Best Cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day

Irish Eyes will be smiling alright

Saint Patrick’s Day cocktails are often green or made with whiskey, and we absolutely love the creative mixology that is brought about by this holiday! Here are some of our favorite cocktails to get you in the Irish spirit.

10 of the best cocktails for Saint Patrick's Day

As soon as March comes around, the Brio Blog becomes host to a number of cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day. Some are your conventional green or Irish Whiskey cocktails, while others experiment with liquors you don’t typically associate with the Emerald Isle.

So, whether you’re looking for a signature cocktail for your Saint Patrick’s Day party, or just sick of boring green beer, this list of cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day is sure to put a jig in your step.

 

Irish Redhead

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

When it comes to Whiskey Cocktails, the Irish Redhead is simply one of our favorites. It’s also one of the Brio Blog’s most popular cocktail creations. With a flavor palate that is fairly similar to a Whiskey Ginger, the Irish Redhead cocktail gets its stamp of approval from our very own resident ginger.

 

Tipperary Cocktail

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When you want to put an Irish spin on any cocktail, it usually means adding in Irish Whiskey, and this Tipperary Cocktail did just that. Named after County Tipperary, this twist on the Bijou cocktail nixed gin in favor of Jameson and we couldn’t love it more!

 

Shamrock Sour Cocktail

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This cocktail originally came to us from Courtney from Pizzazzerie. The Shamrock Sour recipe is a fun take on the traditional Whiskey Sour, which calls for Irish Whiskey and green food coloring. If you want a very green cocktail for Saint Patrick’s Day, this would be the one.

 

The Irish Derby

Image / Recipe from // Serious Eats

This cocktail might not be green, but it sure will do the trick. Irish whiskey is the star of this vintage cocktail mashup. Drink enough of these Derbies and you will surely be the life of the Céilí this Saint Patrick’s Day.

 

Basil Gin Smash

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No need to go green with envy over someone else’s cocktail! The Basil Gin Smash makes a delicious Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail alternative for folks who aren’t fans of Whiskey. Made with Hendrick’s Gin, it ain’t your Daddy’s Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail.

 

Irish Julep

Image / Recipe from // Real House Moms

When it comes to making cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day, many are variations of American favorites, like this take on the Mint Julep. You never know, you might like it better this way.

 

Mint Gin Spritz

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The Mint Gin Spritz is an excellent whiskey alternative for a Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail. It’s simple, a little green, and seriously refreshing. This herbaceous and effervescent cocktail is sure to tickle your fancy.

 

Irish Coffee

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Who would like a Tipple for dessert? This Irish Coffee recipe is one of our absolute favorite nightcap cocktails. You’ll be cuddled up on the couch watching The Quiet Man enjoying this bevy in no time.

 

Irish Cream & Mint Iced Mocha

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If you have a bit of a cocktail sweet tooth, this Irish Cream & mint Iced Mocha will do just the trick. How can you go wrong with chocolate, mint, coffee, and Baileys Irish cream? You just can’t!

 

The Baby “Guinness” Shot

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Who doesn’t love a good pint of Guinness now and then? Well, it might not be a real wee-baby Guinness, but this floated shot layers chilled Bailey’s Irish Creme Liqueur on top of Kahlua to create that iconic Guinness look.

 

 

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The herbaceous and bubbly flavors of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail are sure to tickle your taste buds.

Bubbly Mint Gin Spritz Cocktail

Gin Spritzers are perfect Spring cocktails!

Simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing: This herbaceous and effervescent Mint Gin Spritz cocktail is sure to tickle your taste buds.

With the hints of cucumber, mint, and lemon, you just can't go wrong with this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail.

Imagine a cocktail that embodies the cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin, the fresh sweetness of mint, the citrus kick of lemon juice, and the effervescence of Prosecco. Now, let me tell you that cocktail exists! Cue in the Mint Gin Spritz.

It’s simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing. That’s the beauty of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail. In just a few minutes you’ll be sipping on a bright, herbaceous spritz cocktail that is perfect for Spring.

Bubbly cocktails can be fun additions to any cocktail party, and this Mint Gin Spritz has the makings of a real party pleaser. It’s herby, a little bit sweet, and has everything you want in a gin cocktail.

Spritz cocktails are incredibly refreshing and their effervescent nature makes them fun to drink. In this Spritz, we opted to use Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, instead of sparkling water or club soda. Prosecco has a fruit palate that pairs well with the herbal notes of gin.

Mint has such a clean and fresh taste. That’s why it makes a great complementary flavor in cocktails. The hints of cucumber in Hendrick’s Gin mixed with muddled mint gives the Mint Gin Spritz cocktail a cool and clean mouthfeel.

The Mint Gin Spritz is a great addition to our list of Spring cocktails, and would make an excellent whiskey alternative for a Saint Patrick’s day cocktail. Happy Sipping!

This is how you make a Mint Gin Spritz!

Mint Gin Spritz

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 4 Ounces Prosecco
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 5 to 10 Fresh Sprigs of Mint
  • Lemon Wheel and Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Boston Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Mint Gin Spritz: Muddle mint, simple syrup, and lime juice at the bottom of a Boston Shaker with a muddler or with the back of a spoon. This will release the flavor and color of the mint. Next, add gin to the shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain over ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 178 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

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This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

Refreshing Basil Gin Smash Cocktail

You’ll be green with Envy over this cocktail

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.

Fun fact for the day: I can speak German. Well, as much German as you can learn in a few semesters in University. Which came in handy for mixing up this Basil Gin Smash cocktail.

The Basil Gin Smash cocktail was first created by Jörg Meyer in his bar called The Lion in Hamburg, Germany back in 2008. As you can imagine, many of its online recipes are in German.

That’s where my awesome translating-ninja-skills came into play to translate this German recipe for our mostly American audience. You’re so welcome!

I find it fitting that we begin the month of March with such a green cocktail. It would make a delicious alternative so some of our other Saint Patrick’s day themed cocktails from the previous year. Especially, since it’s a gin cocktail and not an Irish whiskey cocktail.

This cocktail recipe is made using Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, fresh basil, and sugar syrup [a.k.a simple syrup which we have a fantastic recipe for]. If you want to use the gin Jörg recommends for this cocktail, you’ll want to find yourself a bottle of Rutte Dry Gin.

There is a mild bit of contention over crafting the Basil Gin Smash, as its creator wants you to muddle basil for this cocktail. Apparently, that is not well received by everyone. Over muddling can make the cocktail very herby, and it might be my German ancestors working through me, but I rather like that.

The cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin and the freshness of the lemon juice and basil create a great balance in this cocktail, which is key. You might need to adjust it to find the right balance for your tastes.

This Basil Gin Smash cocktail is a simple, but elegant cocktail that I plan on making more of in the future. Cheers!

This is how you make a Basil Gin Smash!

Basil Gin Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ⅔ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 15 to 20 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Fresh Basil for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail or Boston Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Basil Gin Smash: In the bottom of your shaker, dry muddle a handful of basil leaves. Next, add in gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds. Double strain cocktail into a coupe [for nicer presentation] or a rocks glass. Garnish cocktail with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 163 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0.3

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Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Gin and Citrus make a great couple

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic.

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic

If you haven’t discovered by now, I am slowly becoming a fan of Gin. The last few gin cocktails we’ve covered took me by surprise. They can be quite delicious, and this Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic recipe is a contender.

Gin and Tonics are some of the easiest cocktails you can make. But they can also get a little bland after a while – unless you are willing to experiment.

I first came across the Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic from a recipe on Parsnip and Pastries. Their recipe uses Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade, which is loaded with extra sugar that can cause a nasty hangover. For our take on this cocktail, we used a slightly different blend of fresh citrus juices to cut out the added sugar, and paired it with a London Dry Gin and fresh rosemary.

I like my gin and tonics made with London Dry Gin. It’s one of the most popular types of gin around, and it’s not very sweet. That allows the sugar from the citrus juices of our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic to be the star player of this cocktail. Beefeater is a great option if you are new to London Dry gins. I also find it blends well with tonic water, such as Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water.

Rosemary and citrus are a refreshing combination of flavors. They give this cocktail a bright taste, which is perfect for this time of year.

Our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic uses a blend of lemon, white grapefruit, orange, and clementine juices that we muddle with rosemary. We get a box of fresh oranges and grapefruits sent to my house every year by a family friend that lives in Florida. We’d never be able to eat all of them if we tried, so we save a couple large ones just for juicing which works perfectly with this cocktail.

So when I say fresh squeezed ingredients, I really mean it.

This is how you make a Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic!

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces London Dry Gin
  • 3 Ounces Tonic Water
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh White Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Large Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • Halved Clementine
  • Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic: Muddle halved clementine with a large sprig of rosemary in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add in the gin, citrus juices, and ice. Shake together vigorously until chilled. Strain into cocktail glasses and top with tonic water. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

Enjoy the refreshing citrus taste of this Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

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This raspberry cocktail is sure to put some blush on your cheeks

Making a Raspberry Blush Cocktail

Muzzy van Hossmere Would Approve

This raspberry cocktail is sure to put some blush back on your cheeks. The Raspberry Blush cocktail blends gin, raspberry cordial, and fruit juices into a gin cocktail experience you won’t forget.

Raspberries! If you don’t hear Carol Channing’s voice in your head when you hear that word, you just aren’t saying it right.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been trying all kinds of cocktail recipes that embody that Valentine’s spirit. This Raspberry Blush cocktail is one of those fancy finds.

While vodka is one of the biggest spirits featured in many Valentine’s Day cocktails, we are breaking away from convention by going with gin. For the Raspberry Blush cocktail, you will need a New-Wave Gin, like Hendricks or Martin Miller’s, to accentuate the fruity flavors that make up this scrumptious cocktail.

Diana from Anne of Green Gables was right when she said, “I didn’t know raspberry cordial was so nice.” Neither did I, and it’s also easy to make. All you need are raspberries, lime juice, sugar, and water. Check out this raspberry cordial recipe from Kate MacDonald’s Anne of Green Gables cookbook.

I know sugar or salt rims can be a bit messy and are associated with “girly” drinks, but they really add something to the cocktail’s presentation. Red, pink, white, or a mix of the three would make great choices for giving this cocktail a Valentine’s touch.

The Raspberry Blush is bursting with flavor. The raspberry, lime, and lychee create an exotic taste that will have your mouth falling in love. Pair it with a cucumber gin like Hendrick’s, and you’ve got yourself one damn good cocktail!

This is how you make a Raspberry Blush Cocktail!

Raspberry Blush

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Raspberry Cordial
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2½ Ounces Lychee Juice
  • Raspberries for Garnish
  • Color Sugar for Rims [Optional]
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with superfine sugar, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Shake off excess and set aside in the fridge to chill.

Raspberry Blush: Add gin, raspberry cordial, lime juice and Lychee juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until chilled. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with chilled or frozen raspberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 210 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 15 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

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Crafting the Perfect Classic Gimlet

Just what the doctor ordered

From scurvy-fighting, to Pinterest worthy, this Gimlet, made with Hendricks gin and homemade lime cordial, is a simple cocktail enjoyed by gin lovers everywhere!

This classic Gimlet recipe is just what the doctor ordered

This Gin cocktail has a fascinating story that takes us back to the high seas. The Gimlet was originally invented to battle scurvy. In the 1860’s, Mr. Lauchlin Rose created a lime juice based cordial for sailors to take on long voyages. Sailors, being sailors, began to add liquors such as Gin, Rum, and Whiskey to the cordial and the Gimlet, as we know it, was born.

Lime cordial is a simple combination of lime juice and simple syrup. This mixer can be enjoyed in cocktails or over ice with club soda. You could substitute the lime cordial for 1 ounce of Rose’s Lime Juice, but if you have sulfite allergies I’d stick to homemade, as Rose’s contains sodium metabisulfite.

When crafting the perfect Gimlet, one must pay attention to the type of gin used. Many traditional Gimlet recipes are made with Navy Strength English [either London or Plymouth] gin. Navy Strength gin is 57 percent alcohol, so it can pack a punch.

If you aren’t a fan of that, a New Wave gin, like Hendrick’s, might be right up your alley. New Wave gins put less emphasis on juniper and more on other botanical flavors, so if your issue with Gin is the juniper, this might be the type of gin to try.

With a tip off to Victorian style and curiosity, Hendrick’s gin is as delicious as their packaging is pretty. I’m guilty of keeping a box or two because of the artwork. I’m a fan of Hendrick’s because its cucumber flavor makes this gin more enjoyable. It also pairs deliciously with our homemade lime cordial in this classic Gimlet recipe.

So thank a sailor next time you raise a glass and enjoy a Gimlet.

Try this recipe for this super simple Gimlet cocktail!

Classic Gimlet

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Lime Wheel for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

Preparation

Classic Gimlet: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until perfectly chilled [about 30 seconds]. Strain over ice into a chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel and enjoy.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 10.3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 8.8 Protein (g) 18 Sodium (mg) 1.4

You won't have to worry about scurvy with this Gimlet recipe

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The French Ginger Cocktail

Blondes don’t always have more fun

If you appreciate the citrusy-sweet flavor of a French Blonde cocktail, you are going to love her little redheaded sister.

Gin cocktails, like this French Ginger, have a lot of herbal-floral flavor combinations. They can be sweet, tart, tangy, and even bubbly. While gin might not be everyone’s favorite spirit, the flavors of this French Ginger cocktail might have you rethinking your dislike of gin.

What makes the flavor palate of the French Ginger cocktail so appealing is its balance. Like it’s sister the French Blonde, the French Ginger blends the herbal qualities of elderflower liqueur and gin and the citrusy bite of Lillet Blanc [White Lillet] and lemon bitters with the sweetness of fresh grapefruit juice, but with the added kick of ginger liqueur.

If you’ve never tried elderflower liqueur, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its delightful floral notes. It is used in many different cocktails and pairs very well with dry champagnes and gins. It also helps to even out the flavors of the White Lillet, grapefruit juice, and ginger liqueur. It also goes really well with rosemary, but that’s a cocktail for another day.

St. Germain is a very popular brand of elderflower liqueur with a $30+ price tag, so it’s definitely on my splurge list. If your local liquor/ABC store carries mini bottles of it, that’s a great way to try it without breaking the bank. One mini bottle has enough elderflower liqueur for about two French Ginger cocktails.

Enjoy this cocktail all year round neat or over ice.

Mix up this recipe for the French Ginger cocktail!

The French Ginger

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • ½ Ounce St. Germain
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 Ounce London Dry Gin
  • 1½ Ounces White Lillet
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • Few Dashes Lemon Bitters
  • Grapefruit Section for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

Preparation

French Ginger Cocktail: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until perfectly chilled [about 30 seconds]. Strain over ice into a Rocks glass. Garnish with grapefruit section and enjoy.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 152 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 9

The French Ginger cocktail blends citrusy sweetness with the bite of ginger and gin.

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This is how you make the best Negroni you've ever had.

Ultimate Negroni

Who knew bitterness can be good?

This is the only Negroni recipe Gin lovers will ever need.

Brio drink of the week: The Ultimate Negroni

The Negroni is one of those classic cocktails that helped put bitter-sweet cocktails on the map. While usually made with equal parts of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, this Ultimate recipe for the Negroni from David Wondrich at Esquire is a gin lovers’ dream.

So a while back, a study came out that said if you like gin or other bitter things you might be a psychopath. I know many a gin lover who might say otherwise, but is that really a bad thing? If you like bitter cocktails, you have a wide range of drinks to explore and won’t have to worry about your friends drinking your hooch. I might enjoy a Tom Collins every so often, but it doesn’t quite compare to this Negroni recipe.

I will preface this one with, I’m not a huge fan of bitter cocktails. I sip on them for a long time and find them hard to finish. A sour taste is just fine, but bitter makes me cringe. But this Negroni recipe was smoother sipping material. I think the sweet Vermouth had something to do with it. My gin loving friends could not stop raving about this recipe when I mixed them up for them the other night.

Now let’s show you how you make Wondrich’s Ultimate Negroni!

 

Negroni

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces London Dry Gin
  • ¾ Ounce Campari
  • ¾ Ounce Italian Sweet Vermouth
  • Orange Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks/Old Fashioned Glass
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Negroni: Pour gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth over ice in a chilled rocks/old fashioned glass. Stir until completely chilled. Garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 193 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 8.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0.6

This is the only Negroni recipe Gin lovers will ever need.

 

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