Gin used to be one of my least favorite liquors, and I attribute that to being a rookie. I always felt like I was chewing on pine needles when I tasted gin. Little did I know, that if mixed in a cocktail correctly, those floral and pine flavors can make up a refreshing, crisp cocktail.
In the past few years the pre-prohibition style of cocktail mixing has become very trendy. I began my gin experimenting in a little cocktail lounge in Detroit, Michigan called Sugar. They make some seriously amazing, crafty creations there. I tasted a variety of gin cocktails over my many trips to the city and became very fond of the liquor.
This cocktail will make you look and feel like a master bar keep using only a few ingredients.
1.5oz of your favorite gin
1Tablespoon Fresh Ginger, chopped
1 Fresh Orange
1 cube of sugar
1. Peel and cut ginger into thin slices or cubes about ¼-in thick. Keep in mind you will break the ginger down with a muddler, smaller pieces are easier to work with. Cut the orange in half to be juiced.
2. In your cocktail shaker muddle 1 tablespoon fresh ginger and juice from half of an orange together with a cube of sugar. This will take you about 20 seconds to begin to break the ginger down.
3. Fill a 10oz glass with ice, and then put the ice into the cocktail shaker.
4. Add the gin to the shaker and shake it baby shake it.
5. Pour everything from the shaker into the glass.
6. Top off with chilled ginger beer and garnish.
I garnished these cocktails with orange zest and a piece of candied ginger. An orange slice would work nicely too.
Note** if you don’t like the extra ginger floating around in your cocktail, at step 5 you can use a strainer to strain the ginger out. Then top the cocktail off with fresh ice.
Want to upgrade this drink? At step 5, strain the liquid from the cocktail shaker into a chilled martini glass, and top off with 3-4oz of ginger beer and garnish. Now you have a fancy gin cocktail martini!