Gin Fizz with Garden Herbs

This cocktail is light and fresh, and since it’s officially spring herb season feel free to sub the rosemary for your favorite or what you have in your garden!

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries (raspberries or cranberries work well)
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • Two tablespoons raw honey
  • About six or seven mint leaves
  • A rough tablespoon of rosemary
  • Two sprigs of rosemary for garnish
  • Ice for the shaker
  • Topo Chico
  • Two small coupe glasses or some mismatched glassware like these.

Muddle the berries and herbs until the berries mush and you can smell them mixing with the rosemary and mint. Add the honey and muddle to mix. Add the gin, wine and lime juice and shake vigorously.

Pour equal amounts in to the glasses (they will be about half full). Top off with Topo Chico and add rosemary for garnish.

Caipirinha with a twist

After several hours of yard work yesterday, I was craving something light and fresh. This is a take on the classic caipirinha, with a mix of different citrus flavors and some added herbs. I also rimmed the glass in a combo of sugar, salt and tajin for a little more of a kick. Recipe below: (this post contains affiliate links).

For two:
4 oz cachaça liquor (if you don’t have this, some people sub rum, but I think it tastes more like tequila)
2 oz lime juice
2 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz simple syrup
4 mint leaves
Several sprigs of thyme
Lime flavored lacroix water to top off

For the glasses (I love these and these)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp tajin
1/2 tsp salt
Mix together on a small plate

First, wet the rims of the glasses and coat them in the tajin mix.
Place the liquor and the herbs in a shaker and muddle them well, until you can smell the thyme and mint. Add the juices and the simple syrup and a cube or two of ice and shake for at least 30 seconds.

Strain into glasses over an ice cube. Top off with lacroix. Garnish with lime or another mint sprig.

Honeybee Sour — A Version of the Bee’s Knees Gin Cocktail

This is basically a fancified Bees Knees cocktail. I’m calling it, “Honeybee Sour.” We used grapefruit gin, lemon juice, almond extract, honey, an egg white and some club soda. This would have been great with some thyme or rosemary as a garnish but I didn’t think of it in time. There’s always tomorrow!

For two:
Grapefruit gin (click here for one we love)
Juice of a whole lemon
About two tablespoons honey
1 tsp. almond extract
1 egg white
Shake all of the above ingredients with a couple cubes of ice. Pour into glasses like these and top off with club soda. Enjoy!

Caipirinha with a twist

After several hours of yard work yesterday, I was craving something light and fresh. This is a take on the classic caipirinha, with a mix of different citrus flavors and some added herbs. I also rimmed the glass in a combo of sugar, salt and tajin for a little more of a kick. Recipe below: (this post contains affiliate links).

For two:
4 oz cachaça liquor (if you don’t have this, some people sub rum, but I think it tastes more like tequila)
2 oz lime juice
2 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz simple syrup
4 mint leaves
Several sprigs of thyme
Lime flavored lacroix water to top off

For the glasses (I love these)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp tajin
1/2 tsp salt
Mix together on a small plate

First, wet the rims of the glasses and coat them in the tajin mix.
Place the liquor and the herbs in a shaker and muddle them well, until you can smell the thyme and mint. Add the juices and the simple syrup and a cube or two of ice and shake for at least 30 seconds.

Strain into glasses over an ice cube. Top off with lacroix. Garnish with lime or another mint sprig.

Gin Fizz with Garden Herbs

This cocktail is light and fresh, and since it’s officially spring herb season feel free to sub the rosemary for your favorite or what you have in your garden!

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries (raspberries or cranberries work well)
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • Two tablespoons raw honey
  • About six or seven mint leaves
  • A rough tablespoon of rosemary
  • Two sprigs of rosemary for garnish
  • Ice for the shaker
  • Topo Chico
  • Two small coupe glasses or some mismatched glassware like these.

Muddle the berries and herbs until the berries mush and you can smell them mixing with the rosemary and mint. Add the honey and muddle to mix. Add the gin, wine and lime juice and shake vigorously.

Pour equal amounts in to the glasses (they will be about half full). Top off with Topo Chico and add rosemary for garnish.

Honeybee Sour — A Version of the Bee’s Knees Gin Cocktail

This is basically a fancified Bees Knees cocktail. I’m calling it, “Honeybee Sour.” We used grapefruit gin, lemon juice, almond extract, honey, an egg white and some club soda. This would have been great with some thyme or rosemary as a garnish but I didn’t think of it in time. There’s always tomorrow!

For two:
Grapefruit gin (click here for one we love)
Juice of a whole lemon
About two tablespoons honey
1 tsp. almond extract
1 egg white
Shake all of the above ingredients with a couple cubes of ice. Pour into glasses like these and top off with club soda. Enjoy!

Gin and Sauvignon sipper: An Every Day Gin Cocktail for the Wine Drinker

Sometimes you just need a good drink in the middle of the week. This one is stout without being too strong, flavorful but not overwhelming, and goes great with relaxing by a fire.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz gin (this kind is lovely)
  • 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc white wine
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liquor
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Top off with Rambler grapefruit flavored sparkling water
  • A couple of teaspoons, to taste, maraschino cherry juice

Place a few large cubes of ice in a glass (this one is gorgeous and a good deal). Add all ingredients except maraschino juice, and stir. Add the cherry juice at the end and let it settle on its own. Drink.

Tequila cocktail: Champagne Palomas

Just an easy and fun twist on a classic for your weekend! Happy drinking!

Makes 2:

3 oz silver #tequila

Juice of a large grapefruit

2 oz simple syrup

3 oz lime juice

1 mini bottle or six oz #champagne

Mix all ingredients over ice in a shaker (click here for a really cool one!). Rim two glasses (these are beautiful and classic) with salt and add a large ice cube or several small ones. Pour the mixture over the ice and too with the champagne. Enjoy!

Easy Champagne Palomas

Just an easy and fun twist on a classic for your weekend! Happy drinking!

Makes 2:

3 oz silver #tequila

Juice of a large grapefruit

2 oz simple syrup

3 oz lime juice

1 mini bottle or six oz #champagne

Mix all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Rim two glasses with salt and add a large ice cube or several small ones. Pour the mixture over the ice and too with the champagne. Enjoy!

Gin and Sauvignon sipper

Sometimes you just need a good drink in the middle of the week. This one is stout without being too strong, flavorful but not overwhelming, and goes great with relaxing by a fire.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Empress gin (this gives it the beautiful color, but other types will work)
  • 1 oz Sauvignon Blanc white wine
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liquor
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Top off with Rambler grapefruit flavored sparkling water
  • A couple of teaspoons, to taste, maraschino cherry juice

Place a few large cubes of ice in a glass. Add all ingredients except maraschino juice, and stir. Add the cherry juice at the end and let it settle on its own. Drink.