You’ll Want To Drink These 8 Gin Cocktails Right Now (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Gin is a fabulous spirit, it really is. There’s just something about its easy, herbal flavor that makes it absolutely perfect to mix into cocktails around spring and summer. 

Its light, refreshing and botanical notes just blend so seamlessly with just about everything I want to drink right now, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s get mixing!

1. The Knickroni

Half Negroni, half Knickebein, this wild libation has campari, sweet vermouth and gin for that classic bittersweet cocktail, but it also has an egg yolk, meringue and orange bitters to bring it all home. Try this one if you love Negronis and want to make them even more extravagant!

2. Grapefruit Tarragon Gin and Tonic

Ever had grapefruit and tarragon together? The bright, bitter citrus perfectly cuts through the bittersweet licorice-like flavor, and the classic gin and tonic combo finish it off for a brilliantly colored, complex sipper.

3. Veranda Way

This unique drink includes tepache, a fermented, fizzy pineapple drink that hails from Mexico. There’s a recipe included for the stuff, but if you’re not keen on making it yourself, you can use a bit of dry hard cider instead.

4. Celery Tonic

Earthy, refreshing celery is a natural match for the herbal notes you find in gin. Plus, the green color makes this lemony drink just that much more exciting. Add a cucumber slice garnish if you want to bring out those fresh, cool notes.

5. Rhubarb Sour

Yeah, you know how simple, classic whiskey sours always manage to hit the spot? This gin version, featuring rhubarb syrup and an egg white (for an extra silkiness — trust, it’s delicious) will really do the trick for you, especially if you order whiskey sours on the regular and want to switch it up.

6. Cucumber Gin Lemonade

You probably knew that cucumber and gin are a match made in heaven, considering that some spirits, like Hendrick’s, are actually made with the savory fruit. So what happens when you add fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda to the mix? Go find out for yourself — I highly recommend it!

7. Honey Sage Gin Fizz

A gin fizz is a great cocktail on its own, but when you throw in some honey sage-infused syrup (if you must avoid sage, you can use rosemary or basil, but the sage is brilliant), it takes this drink to a whole new level. And things only get more exciting from there: Add a smoked honey bacon rim because … well, why wouldn’t you?

8. Rhubarb and Rose Ramos Gin Fizz

An extra floral, tart pop makes this insanely fluffy yet rich New Orleans drink go down just that much smoother, as the nice bittersweet, refreshing addition modernizes the classic drink and adds a little contrast to the thick, creamy cocktail.

Featured Photo Credit: Farther Along/Flickr

Tags: gin, gin cocktails, gin recipes, summer cocktails, Thirsty Thursday
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Care To Sip On Unicorn Tears Gin? (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

If you’re a fan of all of the beautiful and trendy unicorn-inspired foods, you’ll love the new Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur by Firebox. Why shouldn’t there be a unicorn version of gin? We have unicorn-themed everything else.

According to Popsugar, Firebox sells its 16-ounce bottle of fanciful gin for $50. Hey, it’s not easy to collect rare unicorn tears! Firebox describes this gin as “a mythical spirit made from the tears of humanely raised unicorns.” It’s good to know that they aren’t caged up like laying hens, you know? That would really put a damper on things.

It’s also been reported that the unicorn tears are made by feeding the “beautiful beasts entire wheelbarrows of citrus fruit, oranges, juniper berries, bunches of coriander and sticks of liquorice.” This entire wheelbarrow of lovely flavors is fed to the unicorns, and voila, the tears begin to flow. It’s like magic!

Firebox reports that the concoction is made in a secret location, using the free-range unicorn herd. It features a “sublime glittery finish,” and embodies “the magical power of this fabled beast.” The appearance of the gin is the best part, as far as I can tell. Of course, I haven’t had a chance to taste the gin since it’s only available in the U.K., but it has an iridescent pinkish, glittery hue that’s actually very appealing. If you can get your hands on a bottle, they suggest that you swirl it before beholding “its shimmering majesty” and consuming the mythical spirit.

This fun new gin is 40 percent alcohol, and it’s even vegan. If you are one of the lucky unicorn fans who get to enjoy the mystical, glittery spirit of the drink, you’ve got to try the recipe for Cosmopolicorn. It would almost be a sin not to. Here’s the recipe from Firebox:

  • Add 1 shot (50 ml) Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur
  • Add 1 shot triple sec
  • Add 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • Add 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • Shake and strain into a cocktail glass
  • Garnish with lime 

And please, for the love of unicorns, let those of us drooling over it from here in the U.S. know how it tastes!

Sources: Popsugar, Firebox / Photo Credit: Firebox

Tags: Firebox, gin, Unicorn Tears, Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur
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Everything You Need To Know About Gin To Make The Perfect Cocktail

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By Cooking Panda

We don’t really need an excuse to drink gin, but we’re happy to celebrate World Gin Day with gin drinkers across the globe.

Although World Gin Day is a recent development from 2009, the spirit itself has been around since at least the early 17th century, when Dutch people started producing it and selling it as medicine to treat ailments like upset stomachs, gout and gallstones.

It didn’t taste great, so they added juniper to it to boost the medicinal properties and perk up the flavor. It quickly grew in popularity and spread to Britain. When the government introduced a law to make the spirit super hard to find and expensive in 1736, riots broke out across London and people began distilling it illegally. Since then, it has been a quintessential spirit in English society.

We’ve come a long way since the gin riots and illegal distillation, but the subtly balanced herbal, botanical spirit has remained popular – how can you say no to a gin and tonic?

Like any other kind of alcohol, the sheer variety can be a little overwhelming. Here are some of the more common gins out there:

1. London Dry Gin

Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, and Beefeater

​This is the most well-known type. It is dry and usually heavy on the juniper, light on the body and strongly aromatic. This versatile gin goes great with classic martinis, gin and tonics, and Aviation cocktails.

An earthier spin on this is Plymouth gin, which has a milder juniper taste and can be used in place of London Dry if you’re into that.

2. Genever/Dutch Gin

Bols Genever​

This old-style gin is thick and malty with strong juniper and savory botanical flavors like fennel and lemon peel. It’s getting more popular in craft cocktails, but it’s great straight or chilled. You can also swap it out for whiskey in a modified Old-Fashioned.

3. New American/New Wave/International Style

Hendrick’s

Juniper takes a back seat to floral botanicals, citrus, and sometimes cucumber (in Hendrick’s) with these gins. They are great in a gimlet and any other standard gin drink. Also try Hendrick’s with St. Germain and lime for a Hendrick’s Evolved.

In order to make the perfect gin and tonic, get high-quality tonic and good gin, and consider swapping out the traditional lime garnish for a more complementary ingredient, like a cucumber slice for Hendrick’s or lemon slice for Beefeater.

Sources: World Gin Day, Gin and Vodka Nosh On, Eater / Photo Credits: cyclonebill/Wikimedia Commons, Achim Schleuning/Wikimedia Commons, Ron Dollete/Flickr, Javier Lastras/Flickr

Tags: cocktail, gin, gin and tonic, types of gin, World Gin Day
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Booze Your Way To Younger-Looking Skin With This New Gin

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If you are somebody who has ever indulged in a glass or two — or three… or four… — of alcohol, chances are you’ve also been hit with the notorious little morning-after experience called the hangover. For those who have not yet had the distinct pleasure, here are some of the symptoms you can look out for after a night of boozing to determine whether your time has come.

Baby’s First Hangover Checklist:

  • Headache? √
  • Nausea? √
  • A handful of blurry regrets? √
  • Gross skin? Well…

Not necessarily.

Now, thanks to a UK-based company called Bompas & Parr, a new, collagen-infused alcoholic drink is on the market that will reportedly stop your skin from aging, reports Mashable.

Yes, really.

Priced at almost $51 a bottle, the 80-proof drink (which is called “Anti-aGin”, har dee har har) claims to be chock-full of chamomile, tea tree, and other ingredients believed to help preserve young-looking skin, and reverse the aging process.

The spirit comes from Warner Leisure Hotels, which commissioned Bompas & Parr to concoct this wrinkle-blasting elixir.

“The ingredients were specifically chosen due to their revitalizing qualities, including healing sun-damage, being rich in minerals, inhibiting scar formation and to help smooth cellulite,” reads the Warner blog.

Additional collaborator Nicky Hambleton-Jones (from the hit TV show 10 Years Younger) says of the drink: “…it’s the alcoholic equivalent of a facial. I’ll drink to that!”

If the claims are to be believed, it appears alchemists Bompas & Parr may have actually provided us with a literal fountain of boozy youth. Of course, the only true way to test out the remarkable claims is through sampling the drink for yourself. If you happen to be staying at one of the 13 Warner Leisure Hotels in the UK, you can find the cocktail offered at the bar. For the rest of us, the gin can be purchased online at Drink Supermarket

Sources: Warner Leisure Hotels, Mashable / Image Credit: Warner Leisure Hotels

Tags: alcohol, Bompas & Parr, gin, UK, warner leisure hotels
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