Gin and Sin – a name alone that’s just full of temptation and promises, promises, promises.
Just what exactly is sinful about this drink I hear you ask? Well, there’s an ungodly amount of gin in it, that’s for sure – 2 ounces to ½ ounce of non-alcoholic ingredients? Yowza. The best bit of advice I can give you is to understand exactly what it is that you’re in for before you make it; it’s going to taste of gin, and strongly of it too. Do not look at the bright colour of the drink and think ‘Hey, this looks fruity!’ because it isn’t. The fruit juices are only present as a mere hint, an undercurrent if you will, that serve to further enhance the natural botanicals in whatever gin you use as the base of the drink, so it is simply imperative that you pick one that you like. This isn’t a cocktail to experiment with, go with what you know and enjoy to get the most out of it.
If possible, try and pick a gin that is less harsh than others – might I suggest Rock Rose? – because even the grenadine which is normally so happy to overpower any bitterness adds nothing to the drink.
Not only that, but it’s a tricky devil to keep mixed – I noticed that mine separated without fail within a few minutes of being made and then after every stir so I would absolutely recommend having a stirrer or an umbrella to swizzle it about with. I personally stuck a couple of cocktail cherries on mine just to add a bit of panache.
So what’s sinful about this drink? Everything. Every-goddamn-thing.
Is it me or are like 80% of cocktails orange coloured?
♦ 2 ounces gin
♦ ¼ ounce orange juice
♦ ¼ ounce lemon juice
♦ 2 dashes grenadine
Stir the ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.