Day 359 - Why You Need To Get Fizzy With It.
Hey, party girls (and boys). Most of us are stepping up our party game in the weeks ahead. The holidays give us permission to let loose and indulge too much. There were times and places when I loved a good cocktail to let the good times roll. Now, I look forward to drinking more water than wine. However, this time of year brings the clinking of glass with a cocktail or two. What's a better way to enjoy this time of year other than a perfectly mixed infused goodness?
Here is the catch. There is just something that doesn't sit well with the old body when it gets a swig of vodka, tequila or rum. Which leaves gin. Who else can't decide if I love it or hate gin? Either way, I decided to give gin a whirl today. Well, it was also because I found these lovely bottles of St. George gin at my local store. However, once I took a sip, this gin is divine!
Today's project is to create a special holiday drink and make a toast to the year almost behind us. The drink doesn't need to be complicated or contain gin. However, if you want a great cocktail recipe, here is a fizzy grapefruit cocktail that will be sure to make you get fizzy with it!
Grapefruit Gin Fizzy
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 star of anise
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 5 cardamon pods
- 1 oz rosemary, anise, cardamon syrup
- 3 oz St. George Gin
- 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- splash of Lacroix grapefruit sparkling water
- rosemary and grapefruit peels for garnish
Step 1: Place the sugar, water, anise, rosemary and cardamom pods into a heavy sauce pan and heat until bubble forms around the edges. Remove from heat and let cool completely and remove the cardamon pods, anise and rosemerry. Squeeze the grapefruit.
Step 2: Once the syrup is cooled, in a cocktail shaker, add the syrup, gin, grapefruit juice and 2 cubes of ice. Shake for 1 minute. Pour into a glass. Add a splash of the fizzy water, garnish and serve.
Well, enjoy the cocktail and cheers to 2016. Until tomorrow great part goers.