Hi we were given a large bottle of gin for Christmas and we have not had the occaision to drink the stuff before. Anyone know of a few tasty drinks we can experiment with? Thanks for your help in advance! Laurie and Tom
Buy a bottle of tonic water and make a gin and tonic. Add a slice of lime or a little lime juice and some ice. Actually I prefer to drink this during the warmer months because it's so refreshing.
Well, just give me gin on the rocks with a couple of olives!
MaryG.....check the link below....you'll find a lot of kindred spirits ( Pun intended!) there!
Here is a link that might be useful: Gin!
Add some Rose's lime juice and some tonic water for a refreshing drink, although I agree with Lor_CA that this is more of a warm-weather drink.
If you find that you like gin, you should try Tanqueray (sp?) next time. It has a wonderful, light fruity taste.
mix 1 1/2 oz. with a can of Sprite, or Citra if you really want a good drink.
I am not a fan of gin, but near the holidays I like it with Ocean Spray cranberry juice cocktail - it is called a Nantucket (I think). Do not substitute cran-grape, -strawberry, -apple or any other variation. Also use only Ocean Spray, the others are either too sugary or way too tart.
In a tall glass filled with ice, pour 2 oz gin, top with Ocean Spray Cranberry juice Cocktail and a slice of lime.
maybe a Tom Collins?
Well, some people will tell you that Gin and "taste good" is an oxymoron..... But, to me gin is best in a dry martini, or in a gin and tonic. It really is a drink you have to work to get a hankering for.
It's gotta be Tanqueray(sp.).!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I second that vatmark!! Tanqueray, tonic and lots of lime. Mmmmmmm!!!
mixed in the same proportions as one would for a bourbon 'high-ball', use gin and ginger ale [known simply as a 'gin & ginger']. you can also add a lime twist to that.
Great Summer Drink - Chicago Bathtub Gin
1 - bottle sprite (2liter)
1 - 12 oz can frozen lemonade (I like the pink)
1/4 c - powdered sugar
1/2 c - lime juice
3 c - gin
Mix it up - serve over ice & sit back - with the whole pitcher
Go to Dairy Queen and get a lime Mr. Misty, drink about a 1/4 way down, then fill with gin....delicious, trust me
Pour out contents of bottle...replace with bourbon....
Blue Sapphire gin is the best in my opinion, much smoother than Tanqueray, any day. As for recipes... try 1 oz.gin, 1/2 tsp bar sugar, and fill tall glass with sweet and sour. Can be shaken in a shaker for more foamy look when poured. Bar sugar is just more refined, you can make your own by running it thru the blender. Adjust sugar to taste, if necessary.
Bombay Sapphire is 100 proof!!!...will knock you on your fanny!...And way too expensive to disguise with sweet and sour mix.
There's always a good old Tom Collins.....tastes very much like lemon aid.
All of we gin drinkers have our pet brands, and I need to vociferously chime in with mine. Boodles, Boodles, Boodles! You'll probably need to go to a specialty liquour store to find it, but it is worth it! I've always said Boodles is the only smooth gin out there.
I think lots of limes is the key to a good gin and tonic, and makes the gin go down more smoothly for those who haven't acquired the taste yet. Rose's lime is a great alternative to fresh limes, and is sweeter, also great for gin novice
I agree with cookwaresnob-
about the only use for it I have ever found is to 'drown' olives in it, and give them as presents to people who actually LIKE the taste of juniper berries.
Ah yes, a nice ice cold Gin Martini,,, with an olive.
No Frills for me except the olive.
Bombay Sapphire with homemade lime juice. Add crushed ginger or a dash of ginger ale. Ice cubes. A very east indian summer indeed.
Blackberry Gin Liqueur is a favorite of mine. Of course it's not quick...it has to age...but well worth the wait.
4 cups ripe blackberries (approx.)
8 cups decent gin (approx.)
2 tbsp. powdered sugar (approx.)
Put in jar with good lid. I use a wide-mouth canning jar.
Every day or so, roll it around in your hands to mix things up and help dissolve the sugar. Keep in dark, cool spot. In one month, taste for sugar, and adjust to your taste. Keep in mind that it still has to mellow with more aging. In three months, strain first through dampened cheesecloth or a nylon strainer (I mash it good to get the juices out) and then through a dampened coffee filter. It's supposed to age for 12 months, but I've never been able to wait that long.
If you have a soda water machine try making your own tonic. This recipe turns out really well.
Here is a link that might be useful: Homemade Tonic Water for the Ultimate Gin and Tonic
I been a long time Gin drinker since college days. It an acquired taste. You have to try it with ice only and in small quantity at first; where the ice takes some of the bitterness and sharpness out of it!
After a month or two; try it straight up with out the ice in it!
I love Gin straight! I drink it now; in small sips; since I want to absorb the flavor of it and take my time tasting the Gin! You will appreciate the taste if you get the taste down. It like any other drink; it taste bad at first; but over time you grow to love it! Sort of like beer!
It a waste to mix with crap like lime, lemon or sodas. Ugh! Waste of fine Gin!
This post was edited by harry_wild on Fri, Dec 26, 14 at 0:00