My first experience with gin is one that I cannot shake.
It was a dear friend’s bachelorette party, and we were moseying our way down Bourbon Street, knocking items off her bridal to-do list left and right. We had ended up at The Cat’s Meow and were awaiting our friend’s singing debut. (Which she kindly brought us all on stage for. And since I was tapped to sing at her wedding, I was given a microphone once the music started. … But that’s neither here nor there OR pertinent to this story, y’all.)
We’re standing in the back of The Cat’s Meow. We’re about halfway through our night, and this is the first place we all went and grabbed cocktails from the bar. One of my friends was drinking Gin and Tonic while I enjoyed an Amaretto Sour, my drink of choice as a 22-year-old. In our conversation, I revealed I’d never tried gin before, and she offered me a sip.
I took a big swig, then told her it tasted like a Christmas tree.
No joke. And I have stood by this assertion for years.
Given the choice, I’m not a gin drinker. But since we are drinking our way through this book, and — let’s face it — I’m going to have to try it again on several occasions, I put on my big girl face for this drink.
And I was pleasantly surprised.
The drink wasn’t overwhelmingly Christmas-sy, and it actually tasted like a sprightly lemonade on a summer’s day, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
- 3 tablespoons gin
- Juice of half a large lemon
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- Soda Water
- Pour the gin and lemon juice into a frosted, tall glass half-filled with ice.
- Add the sugar and stir to dissolve
- Add roughly a measure and a half of soda, a slice of lemon, and a couple of straws to complete this cocktail.
Y’all, this drink is like booze-y lemonade. It’s tart, a little bit sweet, and has a nice, refreshing quality to it. Our only complaint was it needed just a little bit more sweetness to balance out the tartness of the lemon and the bitterness of the gin.
Four cheers! We recommend this drink. Not only was it delicious, but it was good enough for us to want to sip again… with a few slight moderations.