Easy Additions to Fancify Your Cocktails

10 Jun
My lovely friend Rachel recently suggested that she give me a list of simple things to add to basic drinks to perk them up a little.  She sent me a list of several combinations she often has on hand and I had the pleasure of figuring out simple and cheap additions to make the drink a little more special.
If you have: gin, tonic and limes 
Consider adding: cucumber and jalapeno
Cut up about 1/4 of a cucumber into large chunks and add it to a cocktail shaker with a very small slice of jalapeno, the juice of 1/2 a lime.  Muddle with a muddling tool or large spoon, add ice and 4 oz of gin, and shake well.  Divide between two glasses with ice and top with tonic.  Garnish with cucumber slice.
If you have: rum, coke and limes
Consider adding: a coconut salt and sugar rim
If you have a food processor, add equal parts sugar, salt and dried coconut flakes and pulse until well combined.  If not, chop coconut and combine with equal parts sugar and salt.  Rub a slice of lime around the rim of a glass and press rim-down into coconut salt and sugar rim.  Add ice, top with rum, coke and a splash of lime. If you have coconut extract, add a drop of that. Stir well.
If you have: whiskey and coke 
Consider adding: ginger simple syrup and a maraschino cherry
Add equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat.  Add a few slices of fresh ginger and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for half an hour and then remove heat and cool to room temperature.  Add a tablespoon to 1 oz whiskey and 2 oz coke. Drop a maraschino cherry in the bottom of the glass.
If you have: orange juice and vodka 
Consider adding: campari and soda water
Ok, so Campari isn’t super cheap, but it’ll last you a long time.  If you don’t want to pony up the $30 or so for a bottle, you can use Angostora or Peychaud’s bitters as well (again, something you may not have on hand, but is cheap to buy and will last forever).  Add 1/2 oz campari or 5 dashes of bitters to an iced shaker.  Add equal parts orange juice and vodka and shake.  Strain into iced glasses and top with soda water.
If you have: soda water and vodka 
Consider adding: basil or lavender simple syrup
Add equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat.  Add a few springs of fresh basil or 3 teaspoons of dried or fresh lavender and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for half an hour and then remove heat and cool to room temperature.  Add a tablespoon to 2 oz vodka and 2 oz soda water. Garnish with basil leaf or lavender sprig.
If you have: cranberry juice and vodka 
Consider adding: cinnamon syrup and lemon
For this drink I took inspiration from a Thanksgiving favorite.
Add equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat.  Add 5 cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for half an hour and then remove heat and cool to room temperature.  Add a tablespoon to 2 oz vodka, 2 oz cranberry juice and the juice of 1/4 a lemon in an iced shaker.  Shake and strain into iced glasses.
Photos by Shawn Poynter
For more recipes like this one, check out the Domesticity page.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: