thirsty thursday: rosemary & gin goddess

No matter the season, the time of year…I always find myself coming back to it. I do hereby profess my love for all cocktails that are gin-based. And this drink, y’all, is no different.

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In fact, this could almost be my new go-to in the summer. There’s something about gin that just screams “summertime” to me – it’s crisp and refreshing, doesn’t need much to transform it, but can pair so beautifully with many other ingredients. It’s simple to elevate a classic ‘gin and tonic’ with just a few slices of cucumber, or perhaps another apertif {but we’ll save that for another day}…but for today, I give you gin. Gin, paired with rosemary and lemon.

I’ll let that sink in for just a minute.

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This cocktail is so dangerously good that it should be illegal. Seriously. The hubs and I made a batch of these not long ago, and I had to restrain myself from slurping it down too fast. It’s just.that.darn.good. Preparing the rosemary simple syrup the night before you’re planning on cocktails, this drink comes together in a matter of minutes.

I recommend having enough ingredients on hand, because you’ll find yourself heading back inside to make another round. Mostly because this is an ideal porch-sipping drink on a lazy summer evening, but even more so because you’ll find yourself impossible to resist just one.

Cheers!

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Rosemary & Gin Goddess {recipe from Food52}

Appropriately named because this cocktail is seriously that amazing – nothing but the best ingredients, and suited for royalty. This is one for the books, y’all – one taste and you’ll fall in love.

Rosemary Syrup:

1/4 cup rosemary leaves, with the stems on

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

To Prepare the Syrup:

Bring the water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Add in the rosemary leaves and sugar, allowing the sugar to melt completely into the boiling liquid. Remove from heat, and cool completely. Store {with the rosemary leaves still inside} in a tightly sealing jar in the refrigerator.

Ingredients {cocktail}:

1-1/2 ounces good gin {we used Hendricks, but whatever your favorite is will be just fine}

3/4 ounces rosemary syrup

3/4 ounces fresh lime juice

club soda, for topping off

fresh rosemary sprig, for garnish

To Prepare {cocktail}:

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add in the gin, lime  juice, rosemary syrup and stir to combine.

Top with a splash of club soda, stir briefly, and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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Enjoy!

thirsty thursday: cucumber martini

I almost forgot to write this post because I was preoccupied…enjoying this cocktail!

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…just kidding. kinda.

I know that the hubs and I have been slightly MIA with our “thirsty thursday” posts – blame that on a lot of activites/trips/visits over the past few months! {read: here, here, & here…whew!}

But fear not! We’ll be back in full force over the summer months; the time and weather is idyllic for evenings spent on the porch with a fun and festive cocktail. Watching the sun set and the cool breeze is one of the things I look forward to most about the summer months, and I thought today’s cocktail would be the perfect one to kick off the season.

Gin is the perfect summer liquor, in my opinion, because of the herbal notes and crisp flavor. I’ll take it one step further and say that it is my liquor of choice, just because I love that flavor so gosh darn much. It pairs so beautifully with an assortment of flavors; so when the hubs came up with this cocktail for me, on a total whim, not long ago, I knew I had found my new go-to for the summer. And perhaps, after your first sip, you just may have, too!

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Cucumber Martini {serves 1, can easily be mulitplied}

A fun and refreshing twist on one of the most classic drinks, this cucumber martini tastes like it is infused with all the goodness of summer – fresh cucumbers, herbal notes from gin, and just a dash of St. Germain rounds it out with bright, fruity notes. One sip and you’ll see why we will be sipping on this all summer long!

Ingredients:

2-1/2 ounces gin {we like Hendricks}

1 ounce St. Germain

5 slices of cucumber, plus one or two extra for garnish

5 ice cubes

To Prepare:

Muddle 5 cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker, making sure to really break them apart to release their juices.

Add in the gin, St. Germain, and ice cubes.

Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds or, until as the hubs says, “you’re hand is freezing”.

Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with additional cucumber slice{s} floating on top.

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Cheers!

thirsty thursday: the southside

There’s an old saying, somewhere along the lines of “gin makes you sin.”

But I think that it needs to be adjusted, ever so slightly, towards the thought of not liking gin makes you a sinner. But maybe not really…?

I digress. The moral of today’s story is that this is THE DRINK that will make you a gin lover, if you aren’t already. I know I’ve been professing my love and appreciation of {good} bourbon as of late – see here, and here – but gin is my favorite. It’s such a diverse liquor, with flavors and aromas as varied as the many cocktails they’ve inspired.

For today’s drink, we’re keeping it simple; clean, fresh, and bright. Hints of fresh mint, lime juice and just a note of sweetness from the simple syrup let the herbal notes of the gin really shine. Because isn’t that what everyone craves when you’ve got about 8″ of snow on the ground, or is that just me?

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The Southside {serves 1}

Inspired from local favorite, this drink is insanely easy to prepare – and delivers impressive results. 

Ingredients:

2 ounces gin

1 ounce simple syrup

juice of half a lime

fresh mint leaves, julienned

fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

optional: 2-3 ounces club soda, for finishing

To Prepare:

Fill a cocktail shaker with the gin, simple syrup, julienned mint leaves and lime juice. Top with ice, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until the exterior becomes frosty.

Strain into a sidecar-style glass and garnish with mint sprigs. Top with club soda, if so desired.