Hannah Drake

Cupid's Sparkling Gin Cocktail

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I’m not sure if I ever set any goals or intentions in 2019, but as it turns out I want to take my cocktail game for the next level. So my unofficial goal for the year is to learn more about mixology—how to make awesome cocktails and how to do it correctly. I’ve also decided to bring you all along on this journey with an informal Cocktail of the Month post throughout the year. I want to share drinks I’ve made and enjoyed. Drinks that are seasonal and festive. I want to find out why certain drinks are called certain things and why certain drinks go in certain glasses. All that fun stuff. And I promise I’ll share it with you. I’ll even do my best to share mocktail alternatives. I might be making up a drink completely. I might be inspired by a cocktail I had out one evening. I might adapt other recipes I found online. I’m always up for suggestions and any inspiration you want to send my way!

Without further adieu, here’s our first drink, adapted from Style Me Pretty. I thought it would be perfect to share ahead of Valentine’s Day. So you know what we’ll be drinking on Thursday.

CUPID’S SPARKLING COCKTAIL

  • 2 ounces gin

  • 1 ounce elder flower liqueur (St. Germain)

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

  • muddled strawberries

  • rosé sparkling wine

DIRECTIONS

In a cocktail shaker, add ice and chopped strawberries. Muddle.

Add gin, elder flower liqueur, and lemon juice. Shake until chilled.

Strain into a low ball glass filled with ice and top with sparkling wine.

Garnish with strawberries.

If you’re not a fan of gin, you can switch it out for vodka instead.

ALL ABOUT MUDDLED FRUIT & HERBS

I’ve seen a lot of cocktail recipes lately that include muddled fresh fruit. So why muddle fruit instead of just garnishing with it? It’s simple. Muddling releases better and deeper flavours. You can also muddle fresh herbs, but you have to be more gentle with mint and basil so as to not release a bitter flavour, whereas you can use more pressure for firmer herbs like rosemary.

WHY YOU SHOULD SHAKE THIS COCKTAIL

Cocktails that include complex flavours that need to be fully integrated into the drink should be shaken. So cocktails that have fruit juice, creamy liqueurs, simple syrup, sour mix, eggs, dairy, or another thick ingredient need to be shaken. It will be cloudy at first, but it will settle. This method does incorporate water into the drink, however, but it actually creates a well-balanced cocktail that allows for all the flavours to be present. Some say that gin (and whiskey) cocktails shouldn’t be shaken because it “bruises” the spirit, but apparently that’s up for debate.

HOW TO SERVE THIS COCKTAIL

With this drink having muddled fruit, it should be served in a low ball glass (or a rocks glass) that has a solid base. If you don’t have a cocktail mixer, you can muddle the strawberries directly in the glass. These glasses usually hold about 6 to 8 ounces of liquid, which is perfect for a cocktail that doesn’t have a large amount of non-alcoholic mixer.

CUPID’S SPARKLING MOCKTAIL

  • 1 ounce elder flower cordial

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

  • muddled strawberries

  • rosé sparkling cider

DIRECTIONS

In a cocktail shaker, add ice and chopped strawberries. Muddle.

Add elder flower cordial and lemon juice. Shake until chilled.

Strain into a low ball glass filled with ice and top with sparkling cider.

Garnish with strawberries.

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