I’ve been a gin girl for a long time. It all began with a bottle of Tanqueray that my boyfriend gifted me in college. He claimed to love it. And I liked the fancy bottle. We didn’t know how to enjoy it properly. We tasted “Christmas tree” as we drank it warm in our dorm rooms.
[contextly_auto_sidebar]But we evolved and T&T’s became our go-to beverage at the bars (that and cheap, light beer). My girlfriends and I even started dabbling into the world of martinis. We really thought we were some classy broads. Ha, we would order $5 rail martinis and wonder why we felt like garbage the next day.
But the appreciation for gin grew as we did, loving how unique one liquor can be. Some side on extremely piney and others more floral, which makes pairing them in cocktail form versatile, yet there needs to be some matching of flavor profiles.
The gin I’ve been gravitating towards as of late is this North Shore Distillery Gin. Its alcohol content is moderate and drinks smooth and herbaceous. Clean enough to enjoy in a classic martini but mixes well all the same.
Sometimes the stars align and on my birthday this year while visiting one of my favorite restaurants, Odd Duck, there was a cocktail that sang to me. Gin being the star, it was paired with St. Germain, an elderflower liqueur, thyme simple syrup, fresh grapefruit and lemon juice. I LOVED the herb-infused syrup with the gin. OMG.
Back at the office on Monday morning, I had to make sure this cocktail recipe made it on the blog using North Shore Distillery Gin. The good people at Odd Duck were so kind to share their handcrafted recipe that it took out much of the guess work.
I heart this as a pre-dinner cocktail. It wakes up the tastebuds without having too much going on to confuse them.
The color is soft and feminine, but this is NOT a “girls only” drink. Men, be comfortable in your own skin and embrace the pink drink!
Oh, and I made this for a group of “non-gin” drinkers and they all were fans. Boys and girls alike.
- 1.5 ounces North Shore Gin (or other herbaceous gin)
- .5 ounce St. Germain
- .5 ounce thyme simple syrup (recipe included)
- .5 ounce fresh lemon juice
- .75 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
Thyme Simple Syrup:
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 8 sprigs fresh thyme
For the simple syrup, combine the ingredients in a 1 QT saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Set the pan aside and allow it to cool.
Place a few ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and add the cocktail ingredients. Shake for about 15 seconds and strain the cocktail into a glass. Garnish with a thyme sprig and enjoy.