So you have made a beautiful dinner all by yourself.
How about a drink?
Cocktails for me used to be this illusive magical thing that would scare me into only getting soda or a Shirley Temple (with my best designated driver face, despite never being the DD)
With most things that hinder me because of lack of knowledge, I felt an overwhelming urge to learn more about them until they were magical no more! So as my first course of action, I proceeded to complain to everyone about how confusing cocktails are and how expensive it is to make just one drink when you have no established bar, or bar type ingredients in your house.
To make my favorite cocktail, starting from nothing it is $25! Assuming you are buying the borderline undrinkable cheap stuff. Then if you end up not liking the drink, you have possibly several bottles of alcohol that will sit on a shelf cluttering up the place.
So after much complaining, my mom saved the day! That Christmas she bought me a starter kit of sorts for making cocktails.
After a few drunken nights of “Trying new recipes” I found it! My drink! It was perfect in every way. Not too complicated. Had a good name. Served in a cocktail glass so I felt all grown up and fancy holding it. Oh yeah, and tasted amazing!
So my aspiring adults, I give you The Gimlet!
What you will need
Gin! I started out with THIS ONE not expensive, but also not so cheap that it is gross.
Rose’s sweetened lime juice
Cocktail shaker – I have this one at home and I am happy with it.
Ice – I think you can manage this on your own, you don’t need anything fancy.
Cocktail glass – So you don’t NEED a cocktail glass, but it helps to get the whole experience and they come in lots of fun colors and styles.
NOTE: You are going to want to have your glass chilled. This just means the glass is cold. You can
throw gently place it in the freezer if you think ahead enough, or just put some ice water in the glass while you are making it.
1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice
2. Pour in 2 ounces Sweetened Lime Juice
3. Pour in 2 ounces Gin
4. Shake the bageezahs out of it – let out some of that energy/frustration/anger/what ever is bothering you.
5. Pour strained drink into chilled glass
At this point you may be wondering… What does gin even taste like?
So Gin’s main flavor is juniper. If you have no idea what that is, I didn’t either, so stick with me a sec! The closest thing I can compare it to is what drinking a christmas tree smells like. Not like eating a christmas tree, that’s super gross sounding! But imagine taking that happy fresh smell sitting by the tree waiting to open presents, and somehow turning it into a drink… I seriously think they use magic to make the stuff. Now a gimlet is great because it cuts that harshness of the alcohol in gin so it goes down smooth. Plus citrus tastes great in general, and you won’t get scurvy!
Now when you go out drinking you can order something and know what you are going to be given!
Gimlet not your thing? Tell me in the comments: What is your favorite cocktail?
I am always eager to try new drinks!
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