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The Great American Ginaissance

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By: Elizabeth Winslow
The Great American Ginaissance

Invented by the Dutch as a juniper-based health tonic, gin has a long and storied history. The British Royal Navy encouraged sailors to drink gin with lime to prevent scurvy, and it was later peddled to colonialists in India with quinine-based tonic water to ward off malaria.

These days, its piney, bracing flavor is the darling of mixologists and bartenders for more than therapeutic reasons. With a base of neutral alcohol, gin gets its flavor from botanicals such as juniper, coriander, citrus peelcinnamon, almond and star anise, making it a dandy choice for flavorful cocktails and refreshing concoctions.

Besides the martini, what's a gin lover to mix up? Here are some enticing options for the home bartender.

Spicy Gin Lemonade

Serves 2

  1. 1/2 cup gin
  2. 1-1/2 cups water
  3. 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  4. 1/2 cup simple syrup
  5. Pinch cayenne pepper
  6. Lemon slices for garnish

Combine gin, water, lemon juice, simple syrup and cayenne in a large pitcher. Pour over ice and garnish with lemon slices.

Simple Syrup

  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup water

Place ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain into a clean jar.

Rosemary and Grapefruit Gin Cocktails

Serves 2

  1. 1/2 cup gin
  2. 1 cup grapefruit juice
  3. 2 Tbsp rosemary simple syrup

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

 

 

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 1/2 tsp rosemary

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves. Let steep for 23 hours, then strain into a clean jar.

Almond Gin Fizz

Serves 2

  1. 1/2 cup gin
  2. 4 drops Spice Islands® Pure Almond Extract
  3. 1 egg white
  4. 2 tablespoons Cardamom Simple Syrup
  5. 1/4 cup seltzer OR club soda    

Place gin, almond extract, egg white, 2 tablespoons Cardamom Simple Syrup and seltzer in a shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously and pour into highball glasses over ice.    

Cardamom Simple Syrup

  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Ground Cardamom    

Place water, sugar and cardamom in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar dissolves. Let steep for 23 hours, then strain into a clean jar.  Simple syrup may be stored in refrigerator (in a jar with a tight fitting lid) up to 2 weeks.     

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, culinary instructor and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground. Winslow + co.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high-quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

 

 

*Hendricks Gin is a registered Trademark of WILLIAM GRANT & SONS, INC. Not affiliated with ACH FOOD Companies, INC.

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