liquor and libations

get a black belt in booze

MXMO: Blog Love for the Tart Gin Cooler July 16, 2007

Filed under: cocktails,mixology — liquorandlibations @ 2:04 pm

mm-17.gifThis month’s Mixology Monday is all about the love – blog love that is. It’s our chance to post about drinks we’ve tried and sites we love. Summer is the ultimate time for a refreshing cocktail, and we hope you’ve been trying your fair share while basking in the sun on a patio somewhere (or making it ahead and heading to the beach with your thermos). I always look for something refreshing when it’s hot out, and citrus is at the top of that list. Which is why I salute Cocktail Nerd’s Tart Gin Cooler as my drink of choice to send along some MxMo love. Originally crafted by Gary Reagan in both New Cocktail Classics and the Joy of Mixology I particularly enjoyed Cocktail Nerd’s taste test of the two versions. I made version 2 of this cocktail and loved it! but the best part was the revelation that two of my favourite mixers – tonic and grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed of course) are fantastic together.

From the original post:

Tart Gin Cooler ver. 2

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz tonic water
  • Peychaud’s bitters to taste

Build in a collins glass filled with ice and serve.

A revelation! This is a great drink. I put a good sight more Peychaud’s bitters in the drink than in the first version (4-5 dashes) and I believe the reduction in tonic water serves the drink very well. The finish of the drink was much cleaner and crisper and the whole experience was improved from top to bottom of the glass. I still used London Dry gin even though it doesn’t specify it to keep the comparison as even as possible. The additional bitters also provides an additional pink hue to the drink that makes it more attractive (Peychaud’s is a deep rose color). It was also extremely refreshing and perfectly suited to a hot August dusk under the Magnolia.

Now make yourself up a glass of this, and go sit in the sunshine. Happy Mixology Monday!