I was looking around for a light and refreshing cocktail that I could make with the Aviation Gin that I had left, and I stumbled on a website that explained gin as a whole.
The website said that when you mix gin you need to remember that good, quality gins have a botanical feel to them. So the flavors that go well with it are going to be fruits and vegetables, earthy flavors, and things like that.
The examples they gave to mix your gin with included lemons, limes, tomatoes, and mint.
This got me thinking that maybe I should try mixing gin with orange juice. But I could make it, perhaps, a bit more refeshing - like a mimosa - if I also used a carbonated component.
Ultimately I decided against tonic because I didn’t want the sweet nature of the oranges to be bullied out by the quinine, so I went with club soda. Here’s what I came up with:
A little orange-y gin drink that is incredibly light and refreshing. I’m sure this already exists in some form or another, and I’m not taking credit for inventing anything - because I’m sure I didn’t. But this recipe is my own, in that I sat down and considered the flavors I wanted and put this together without outside influence or reading another recipe.
How to make this little thing.
First, grab the glass you’re going to use and fill with some ice. Leave a bit of room!
Next, get your favorite Mixology Set (#af) and add the following to your shaker:
- 2 jiggers of gin
- 4 jiggers of club soda
- juice of 1/4 orange
- zest of 1/4 orange
- that cup of ice from earlier
Cap your shaker and gently shake/swirl to combine.
Pour into your glass, garnish with an orange slice.