Friday, April 12, 2013

Gin and Ginger Cocktail

Happy Friday!!

After a week full of wedding planning (we're in the thick of it now) and working (including picking up a new freelance gig - more on that later), I'm ready for a cocktail. Who's with me?

If you haven't noticed yet, I am a fan of gin. I like gin because it jives well with a lot of different flavors, but doesn't knock me on the floor like its good friend vodka does. For this cocktail, my inspiration was ginger ale (Z had bought some for me when I had food poisoning last week), and what better to mix a ginger-flavored soda with than gin?

Gin & Ginger Cocktail
Yields: 2 cocktails
-3 ounces gin
-1.5 ounces cilantro simple syrup
-1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
-2 pinches of ground coriander
-Ice cubes
-Ginger ale

1.) Add gin, cilantro simple syrup, lime juice, and coriander to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
2.) Place ice cubes into two small cocktail glasses (about 2-3 per glass). Pour gin mixture into each glass, and top off each cocktail with ginger ale.
3.) Stir carefully, then enjoy.

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I made this cocktail last week when it was about 60 degrees outside and delightfully sunny. It was the perfect refreshing beverage to end the week and enjoy the long overdue spring weather. I also loved how the coriander added just a hint of something awesome to each sip.

This would be a great cocktail to sip on at a barbecue, or simply while sitting on the couch watching The Real Housewives of Orange County (or am I the only one that does that?). Either way, treat yourself - it's Friday afterall.

What are you up to this weekend? 


  1. intriguing! loving the idea of cilantro infused simple syrup :-)

  2. This looks sooo good. Gin is my favorite liquor. In two weeks (+/-) I hope to have one of these!

  3. this sounds like an awesome cocktail! i love the cilantro simple syrup idea.

  4. ooh, cilantro simple syrup! what a great cocktail :)

  5. Interesting flavors in this one. Cilantro simple syrup? I am intrigued...

  6. I LOVE gin and ginger in cocktails - one of my all-time favorite drinks is a Gin Buck - and this sounds really refreshing too!