It’s nearly 5 on Friday on a gorgeous day. I’m thinkin’ cocktails. Here’s an article that appeared in the paper recently on my new favorite drink. Hope you like it!
Toasting summer with a gin gin mule
The mojito has enjoyed a long run as my favorite drink of summer. But last year, a newcomer found its way into the rotation. And this year, that drink, the gin gin mule – a minty, refreshing lowball created by Audrey Saunders, a.k.a. the “libation goddess” – has made its way to my No. 1.
It’s built much like a mojito. You muddle mint with lime juice and sugar, then add gin. You shake that over rocks in an ice-cold stainless-steel shaker and pour into a glass with ice – crushed if you’ve got it. Then you top with ginger beer.
Ginger beer is a little hard to come by, but I’ve found it at Whole Foods Market and at local delis that carry Jamaican goods or Jamaican bakeries, like Golden Krust. It gives the drink a bite, but that’s tamed by the sweetness of the sugar and the botanicals of the gin.
Speaking of gin – even people who claim not to like it love this drink. So shake up a few and introduce everyone to summer’s new cocktail.
Gin Gin Mule
12 to 15 sprigs mint
1 1/2 ounces lime juice
1 ounce superfine sugar or simple syrup (made by heating 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup water until just boiling and stirring until dissolved)
3 ounces gin
2 ounces ginger beer
Mint sprigs and lime wheels for garnish
Muddle mint in a small pitcher with lime juice and sugar. Add the gin and infuse for at least 10 minutes. Fill two lowball glasses with ice, crushed if you like. Strain gin mixture into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 10 seconds. Strain into the glasses, leaving about an inch of room from the rim. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wheel.
Yield: 2 cocktails.