Every weekend is a good opportunity for a cocktail party. But there's something about sunshiny summer weather that makes it extra appealing. I've crafted up a couple drinks to entertain guests that are simple with the same base spirit: gin. This way if you don't have a fully stocked bar or are trying to party on a budget, you don't have to go out of your way to have too many ingredients. Gin is a great spring/summer seasonal cocktail base to give herbaceous life to a refreshing drink. You can use any kind you like though I tend to lean towards Hendricks (for delicate botanicals) or Voyager (classic dry style made in the PNW).
Crafting cocktails doesn't have to be intimating! If you are new to making drinks, remember this simple rule and you can't go wrong: 2oz base spirit .5oz sweet .5oz sour. That gives you the baseline of balanced flavors. From there it's all creative fun.
Inspired by u-pick lavender fields and honeybees
Gin - 2oz
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice - .5oz
Honey Simple Syrup* - .5oz
Dry Lavender Soda - top off
Shake first three ingredients with ice. Pour into a Collins glass with ice and top with dry lavender soda.
Inspired by the sunset on the longest day of the year
Gin - 1.5oz
Aperol - .5oz
Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice - .5oz
Dry Grapefruit Soda - top off
Shake first three ingredients with ice. Strain into a coupe glass and top off with dry grapefruit soda. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
* Honey Simple Syrup
Equal parts water and honey. Heat in a small pot until simmer. Continuously stir until honey has dissolved into a thin syrup.