I love trying new cocktails. My local publican knows that I'm always available to be his guniea pig. But lately I find myself overwhelmed. My palette is on overload. I crave simplicity.
Heading to our favorite watering hole, I declared to my better half that I was to drink nothing but simple beverages. Like what?, was his response. There was a catch. In my quest to become an educated drinker I forgot the first rule of almost anything. Keep it simple stupid!
So I decided to do just that. To back track and focus on those drinks with minimum ingredients but still manage to provide maximum flavor.
2 1/2 oz. Gin (or Vodka)
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Shake. Strain. Serve.
I love the gimlet because I can have it with either gin or vodka depending on my mood. You know? Sometimes you feel like a nut...sometimes you don't.
With vodka its simply refreshing. If the vodka is good, the gimlet will go down smooth and easy. If I'm in the mood for more flavor I order my gimlet with Bombay Sapphire, my favorite gin. Not having to compete with any obnoxious liqueurs, the sapphire sparkles and delights. The gimlet has by far become one of my new favorite go-to drinks.
1 1/2 oz. Cognac
3/4 oz Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
Shake. Strain. Serve.
Funny thing, when I think sidecar I don't think simple. Perhaps because I've had so many variations of this basic cocktail. It's time to go back to the original. This drink alone has sparked my new fascination with cognac. For that, I say thank you.
2 oz. Scotch Whisky
juice of 1/2 Lime
Shake with ice. Top with Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale
Named after Mamie Taylor, an opera singer back in 1899. I like this drink because its simple, strong, with a bit of class. I like to think that the same could of been said of its namesake.
It should be no surprise that the Mamie Taylor is refreshingly delicious. Scotch and ginger is a great flavor pairing. Personally I prefer it with ginger beer. Whether you chose Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale is all a matter a preference (or availability).
So there you have it. Three drinks that aren't pretentious and you don't need a PhD in mixology to appreciate them. Try them the next time you're out or at home. I encourage you to add them to your repertoire today.