Making Friends with Gin
Aoife is friends with gin, possibly BFFs in fact. I am not. I have been a lifelong (well, since I was, ahem, sort of 18) friend of vodka. I’ve never been a fan of the grassy, herbal flavours of gin and as a vodka and tonic is my go to drink of choice on a night out I have often been presented with, and suffered through, in the interests of politeness, a mispoured G+T instead.
So, it was surprising, having requested a cocktail from my
barman boyfriend last weekend while I was preparing dinner, when I was presented with a deliciously fruity, yet complex cocktail that had a subtle hint of something... Amaretto, maybe? But I knew we had none of that in the house... I enquired from the boyfriend as to the nature of the concoction he had made for me (I had been busy chopping or stirring something and had not been paying attention) and was stunned to find out that it was based on gin and also pretty much lived up to it's name: Paradise.
In the interests of being scientific (Aoife would approve) I felt I should really make it again this week to check it wasn’t a fluke (plus I also happened to have lots of citrus fruit leftover from last week’s cocktail and I do hate to be wasteful).
The recipe is from diffordsguide ‘Cocktails Made Easy’ which I got for the boyfriend as a birthday present last year (there was method to the madness there..)
2 shots Gin (I used Cork Dry)
1 shot Bols Apricot Brandy (I had De Kuyper)
1 shot Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
¼ shot Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
The boyfriend had also added a couple of drops of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters so I did the same because, well, it’s tasty and it’s one of those things that will be hanging around the drinks cupboard for years because you use it two drops at a time.
The recipe advises garnishing with an orange zest twist. You will notice from the photo that my skills in this regard need a lot of practice. It didn’t help matters much that I forgot to peel the orange until after I had juiced it...!
NB: I used a 50ml shot measure as I’d had a long day and fancied an enormous cocktail but didn’t have enough ingredients for a second one. Indeed, I actually finished the end of the bottle of Gin and, for the first time ever, will be buying a new bottle actually with the intention of drinking some of it myself rather that just having it in the house so that I can offer G+Ts to guests! Success!