Here at Boredwalk HQ, warm weather means cool cocktails! Now that things are heating up here in Los Angeles, we're excited to shift our focus from the darker, cozier libations that keep us warm during fall and winter to crisp, clear drinks that keep us refreshed when we're not operating heavy machinery! In no particular order, here are our three favorite springtime cocktails!
Classic Gin & Tonic
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Make no mistake — gin is something of an acquired taste. The predominant flavor is that of the juniper berry, with a crisp, piney, bitter flavor. However, when combined with tonic water and a splash of fresh lemon or lime juice, it all comes together for a fizzy, refreshing libation to help beat the late spring & early summer heat! While it can be served in either a high ball or rocks glass according to preference, we prefer a rocks glass version.
• Pour 1-2 shots gin (we like Hendrick's for its cucumber-forward flavor) over ice
• Add tonic water till glass is almost full. If you're making it a double, gin & tonic should comprise about equal parts. Stir to mix.
• Garnish with your choice of a lemon or lime wedge. If you use both, congratulations — you're now drinking an Evans, not a traditional G&T! Since we like Hendrick's, we usually opt for a cucumber slice instead.
Classic Gin Fizz
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The Gin Fizz is similar to the Gin & Tonic, but distinguishes itself with the addition of sugar & lemon juice, and the substitution of carbonated water for tonic. It's mildly sweeter than the G&T, with a stronger lemon presence in the flavor profile.
• Combine 1 shot gin, 1/2 shot lemon juice (appx.), 2 tsp. simple syrup (appx.)
• Shake with ice
• Pour into rocks glass or tumbler, top with carbonated water
• Garnish with lemon rind
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Digressing from gin, the mojito is a traditional Cuban cocktail featuring rum, most commonly served in a high ball glass. Fresh mint and lime combine to provide cooling notes to this warm weather classic! Pro and amateur mixologists alike are fond of creating countless variations, but we prefer the traditional recipe over all others.
• Muddle 6-8 sprigs fresh mint with 2 tsp. sugar and 1 pony (aka 1 oz.) fresh lime juice
• Add splash of carbonated water and fill glass with ice
• Pour 1 pony (and a little extra!) white rum over ice, top with carbonated water, and gently stir
• Garnish with fresh lime wedge or slice and as many un-muddled sprigs of fresh mint as you'd like!
Those are our three faves — what are yours? Share in the comments section below!
And in the spirit of the season, we'd be remiss if we didn't encourage you to check out our ever-expanding collection of drinking-themed designs, including this one!
Alright, me hearties! That does it for us until next week. The weekend is almost here, and between cyber attacks and the mess in DC, I think we'll all be looking forward to a drink. Just do it responsibly!
Peace, love, and cocktails,