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Post Posted: Feb 27, 2017 10:56 am 
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I have been asked to find or invent a cocktail for an upcoming special occasion.
It needs to be gin based and not particularly sweet. Seventy-five people will be
toasting with this beverage. Any ideas???
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Post Posted: Feb 27, 2017 12:09 pm 
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A White Lady - my very favourite cocktail of all time...

2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 egg whites

Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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Another thought might be a French 75.

Ingredients: 2 oz Champagne, 1/2 oz Lemon juice, 1 oz Gin, 2 Dashes Simple syrup
Preparation: Combine gin, syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Top up with Champagne. Stir gently.

Since it is for a toast, those who do not care for gin might have the plain Champagne instead.


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My husband's version of the Tom Collins - lime instead of lemon.

12 ounce frozen limeade
24 ounce gin
8 ounce sweet/sour mix *
24 ounce water

mix and chill. serve over ice.

* can substitute Rose's Lime
can substitute some club soda for the water

The mixture keeps a long time. We're too lazy to futz with the classic Tom Collins ingredients like simple syrup and fresh squeezed lemon juice.

If you wanted to make it really pretty, you could put a bit of grenadine syrup in each glass after you pour in the mixture but before you put in an ice cube. It would look similar to a tequila sunrise. Or put a cherry in the bottom to give some color.

Just curious, are you planning to sample all the suggestions prior to your event? The winter might get a tab bit warmer for you all...


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Still sampling...
And accepting new ideas. We are working in the range of a gin-based Mule-type drink or a gin, lemonade, Cointreau, tonic with the glass rim rubbed with fresh basil. An infusion would be more complicated than they are interested in. But none we have worked with is magic. I'd really love to make magic. I think part of my problem is that gin is not my favorite spirit. But this cocktail WILL happen. All help appreciated.
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Old time drink. One of the first. I don't like or use the cherry.

1 tsp superfine sugar
1 oz lemon juice
2 tsp water
2 oz gin
1 maraschino cherry
1 slice lemon

http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink3788.html

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Maybe stop at the Golden Moon Speakeasy in Golden and chat with the bartenders. They produce their own gin & might be able to offer some suggestions. I, too, do not prefer gin but a friend ordered me a very delicious beverage that was fruity & light.


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It starts with the gin. You need to decide what flavor/style you're going to work with. I know there are all kinds of gin "flavors" out there these days, but a few styles come to mind.

London dry. Think Tanqueray.
Genever. Totally different style. Malty. More Scotch like.
New World. Typically have different botanicals and floral notes than London Dry. Less Juniper. I think they taste sweeter, but maybe its just the brands I've tried.

For my taste, nothing beats a Tanqueray and grapefruit juice over ice. The fresher the juice the better. Very crisp. A sugar/lime coated rim is a nice touch along with a wedge of grapefruit. Maybe a sprig of fresh mint to boot.


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The bride's gin of choice is Hendrick's which is a very distinct style from Scotland. So I am working with that. BUT I found a trusted friend who drinks Henkrick's who thinks Breckenridge is as good or better so we are picking up some of that today. I'm sure I am making this harder than it has to be... :O)
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Hendrick's is along the new world scale of gins. Cucumber infused. If drinks are free I don't think you'll have any complaints regardless of the drink served. Gin is fairly low on the US scale of popular liquors. Perhaps the wedding has a few good Brits in attendance!

The distillers themselves or liquor reps ALWAYS have great recipe ideas. Of course, you could always check the Hendricks website. I'd be shocked if they don't post several recipes.


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This is a great large batch Gin recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/the-leland-palmer

I usually use Hendricks, but Leopold Brothers Small Batch Gin is probably the best I've ever tasted. I've also doubled and tripled the recipe to make more as needed.


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