If you caught the news a while back, you’ll know that I have to resist tasty booze filled beverages all summer long. Thankfully the mister is very good at not only concocting cocktails, but just as good at making versions for us pregnant ladies or anyone who prefers their drinks prohibition era friendly.
And so, as I venture forth on a spirit free diet, I’ll be here sharing cocktail recipes with the equivalent mocktail on this little series called Mr and Mrs Cocktails. First up is my absolute favourite – gin. For our first mocktail, I actually had to ask “…this doesn’t have gin in it right?”. Yep, that’s how good it is. This is a refined spin on the old classic g&t. The twist? Ginger, either as a liqueur or a syrup.
We (aka the mister) were lucky enough to get to try a new local gin from Ampersand Distilling Co. I took a sniff from the bottle and knew it was one I could enjoy simple with an ice cube or perhaps some olive juice. (I can’t wait to try). Made from organic BC grain and organic, wild harvested botanicals, Ryan called it crisp, well balanced, and summery. A work horse gin that works for any drink or occassion, and definitely a gin we can be proud to say comes from our island. My gosh I can’t wait to try it for myself.
But some of you can, and you can try it in this Ginger Kick G&T! Or if you’re in my situation or don’t drink, go for the mocktail version.
- 1oz Gin
- ½oz Ginger liqueur (store bought or [diy|http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/12/diy-ginger-liqueur-make-your-own-canton.html])
- Cucumber mint tonic
- Cucumber & Orange peel garnish
- ½oz ginger simple syrup
- Cucumber Mint Tonic
- Orange non-alcoholic bitters
- Cucumber and orange peel to garnish
- Shake gin, liqueur, and a few dashes of bitters
- Strain into Old Fashioned glass full of ice
- Top with tonic
- Garnish with cucumber and orange peel
- Fill Old Fashioned glass with ice & tonic
- Add syrup, stir gently
- Add a few dashes of bitters
- Garnish with cucumber and/or orange peel