Green Tea Gimlets

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I missed Mixology Monday XLV dedicated to drinks with tea. But I’m not sorry. I have read all posts and now I can say that was great for me as a puppy in mixology.

The most interesting for me was the Green tea gimlet on Drink Of The Week, mainly because of green tea syrup used there.

I’m very interesting in old-school drinks with gin and vodka, and gimlet itself promised a wonderful experience. Besides that I like green tea too so green tea gimlet was perfect recipe for me.

First of all, I’ve made green tea syrup. The difference between my syrup and original one from Drink Of The Week recipe is in green tea only. Tea-bag has been used in the original recipe but I prefer natural Chinese green tea without any flavourings so I think that oolong with its strong and rich flavour is the better choice.

So my homemade green tea syrup is ready, and I prepared to make green tea gimlet using Drink Of The Week recipe.

1 1/2 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. green tea syrup

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with lemon wheel.

This cocktail was pretty good, sweet and refreshing. But I felt that I hadn’t have enough tea distinctive features in its flavour as well as common brightness and energy.

Then I decided to decrease the amount of lemon juice (a little bit), to increase the amount of vodka (a little bit too) and to use stronger vodka – Danzka 50% ABV.

My Green tea vodka gimlet

  • 50 ml 50% ABV vodka,
  • 20 ml fresh lemon juice,
  • 30 ml homemade green tea syrup

shaken with ice, strained and served in the rock glass filled with ice.

Green tea gimlets, with vodka and lemon

The main achievement was in the rich green tea aftertaste appeared in this drink. Lemon moved to background to balance syrup’s sweetness well. In addition, lemon helped to combine properly sweet and sour flavour with vodka’s power and depth.

Also lemon zest set off tea’s tart and dry aftertastes and removed bitterness at the same time. In whole, my green tea vodka gimlet has more freshness and power but preserves incredibly soft and comfortable taste inherited from the original drink.

The next cocktail I planned to make was green tea gimlet – a natural gimlet with gin and lime juice sweetened with green tea syrup.

My Green tea gimlet

  • 50 ml gin,
  • 20 ml fresh lime juice,
  • 30 ml homemade green tea syrup

shaken with ice, strained and served in the rock glass filled with ice.

Green tea gimlets, with gin and lime

At first for this drink I took harsh, straight and rough Gordon’s gin. I always use this gin in my long drinks where it successfully competes with tonic or lemon juice. But here in my green tea gimlet Gordon’s gin was very poor because it brought strange soapy aftertaste.

Then I tried mild and light Seagram’s gin, and this one worked very well. With Seagram’s gin my gimlet became soft but not weak. Lime and gin added necessary sourness, and in aftertaste outstanding oolong had been backed with gin botanical flavour.

Made with gin, this green tea gimlet became a bit piquant and sharp and preserved the charming notes of fresh Chinese green tea.

Appleton Estate V/X Jamaican Rum

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Here in Russia where winter lasts from November to April at the best, words “Jamaican rum” usually mean sunny weather, sea breeze and siesta with decent ice-cold drink. And what do we think about when speaking about Jamaican rum? My very first thoughts are always about Appleton rums.

I’m not mad about rum. That’s not the spirit I prefer to use in my favourite drinks. But one day I saw a bottle of Appleton Estate V/X standing on the shelf in supermarket, and something drove me to buy it immediately. I think it was my hate towards cold weather because this winter was abnormally cold.

Sources in the Internet said that Appleton Estate V/X is the blend of fifteen rum aged between five and ten years. All spirits are distilled in copper still pots. Rums are aged in Jack Daniel’s Tennesee whisky casks made of American oak and then charred. After blending rums are marriaged in casks for months before bottling.

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Salty Chihuahua

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One day I lurked on cocktails blogs (it’s my usual pastime when I drink something usual – hot spiced tea with rum or just a dram of whisky). I was searching for something fresh and easy…

An then I found beautiful and simple recipe on the blog called White on Rice Couple. It was “Salty Chihuahua”, a variation on famous “Salty Dog” where tequila was used instead of gin (or vodka).

Very simple but I was so hungry for bright summer drinks and I love dogs so much… So I did it!

I love big glasses so I took my double rock glass and converted initial proportions for it:

Salty Chihuahua

  • 60 ml tequila,
  • 120 ml fresh red grapefruit juice.

Shake briefly and strain into glass filled with ice. Salt rim is highly recommended.

I preferred tequila reposado to blanco. At that time my choice was Leyenda Milagro Reposado, a common reposado tequila with decent taste. I thought that it should be able to control double volume of sour grapefuit juice.
The result you can see at the picture below: monumental pink drink.

Salty Chihuahua

Last month I was obsessed with pink cocktails, usually bitter or sour. And this one is the same, light refreshing drink without sugar.

A little bit pepper in aftertaste, sour grapefruit juice prevails thanks to backing received from 100%-agave tequila reposado with bright bitter and smoky palate.

Truly I was a bit sceptical about this recipe because of lack of sweetening (or bittering) agent there. I was ready to meet a drink with flat and simple taste. And I was totally wrong!

First minute I just sipped with great relish.

Later strange taste associations appeared, mainly vegetable: winter cherry, ripening strawberry and (most prominent) brown tomatoes. All these aftertastes were very light and short but in whole “Salty Chihuahua” was very unexpected, a bit psychedelic experience for me.

Flora’s Own

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Some cocktails have been created to be stylish.

Genius take classic ingredients, mix it in good proportions and… A little magic, and now we have Dry Martini, Manhattan, Margarita and a lot of other good cocktails men like to drink.

But what women want? Ha-ha-ha, not love. I mean what do they want to drink? For them Manhattan is too dry, Martini is too strong…

Maybe Cosmopolitan, a perfect drink for girls?

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