Each of these recipes makes one drink.
The Best Gin & Tonic
- 1½ oz Hendrix Gin, no substitute
- Schwepps or Canadian tonic water, not diet, not store brand
- English cucumber, ¼ inch thick slices
- lime, cut into wedges
- large ice cubes
In a tall glass, place three large ice cubes. Place a cucumber slice and wedge of lime in the glass. Squeeze the juice from another wedge of lime over top. Add Hendrix gin. Add two more large ice cubes to keep the cucumber and lime in place. Fill with tonic water and give a quick stir. As the condensation drips down the sides of the glass, beckoning you to take a slip of the fragrant elixir, force yourself to pause briefly and breathe in the lovely floral aromas of this refreshing gin drink.
Lime juice is a great source of Vitamin C and cranberry & pomegranate juice are full of antioxidant flavonoids which help fight cancer and heart disease. They lend a tangy sweetness.
- top shelf gin or vodka
- cranberry-pomegranate juice
Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add 1 ounce of gin or vodka, 2 ounces of cranberry-pomegranate juice, and a squeeze of lime juice. Shake and pour in to a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.
This holiday favourite combines the best of rum & eggnog and brandy alexander.
- 1½ oz rum, plain or spiced
- 1 oz brandy
- good quality eggnog
- freshly ground nutmeg (so much better than that dried out old stuff)
- ice cubes
Fill a tall glass part way with ice. Add 1 ½ ounces rum and 1 ounce brandy. Top up with eggnog. Sprinkle with freshly ground nutmeg and give a quick stir.
The Sauza Silver Margarita From The Great Margarita Book. Fresh citrus flavor without syrupy sweetness.
- 1 lemon or lime wedge
- saucer of Kosher salt for rimming
- 1¼ ounces Sauza Silver tequila
- 1 ounce triple sec (or Cointreau)
- 1½ ounces freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice (we recommend a combination of both)
Run the lemon or lime wedge around the rim of a margarita glass and twist in saucer of salt. Measure the tequila, triple sec, and lemon/lime juice into a 16 oz cocktail shaker filled with ice. Secure the strainer and lid and shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Strain into salt rimmed glass.
Ramos Gin Fizz (aka New Orleans fizz) from the International Bartenders Association
- 1½ oz gin
- ½ oz lime juice
- ½ oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz heavy cream
- 1 egg white
- 3 dashes orange flower water
- 2 drops vanilla extract
- soda water
Pour all of the ingredients except the soda water into a mixing glass. Dry shake with no ice for two minutes. Add ice and hard shake for another minute. Strain into a highball glass without ice. Top with soda water.