2 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin
1-2 oz. Fresh Lemon juice
1 oz. Mint simple syrup
Fresh mint leaves
Fill a shaker half full with ice. Add Gin, mint syrup and lemon juice. Next add 5-6 fresh mint leaves. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, double strain into an ice filled Collins glass and top off with tonic or seltzer water. Last take one mint leaf and give it a good smack to release the oils and scent, then add it to the drink.
Note; Mint simple syrup is made by combining 1 part sugar and 1 part water along with a generous handful of mint leaves and boiling them for about ten minutes in a sauce pan. Let cool then strain into a container and refrigerate. This is a vital element to the cocktail and one that cannot be skimped on.
This summer libation is a great way to introduce people to the spirit Gin. As the mint subtly soothes, the lemon pops on the tongue followed by a whisper of the spirit itself. They go down smooth and, as we found out, rather quickly. Bombay Sapphire is a softer Gin than other brands , with floral elements that smooth out the spirit rather than sharpen it. I wouldn't recommend mixing this cocktail with something like Hendricks which has a more earthy flavor.
If you want the Spirit to push forward simply cut back on the lemon juice or the seltzer.
Last game day, after consuming these for an entire afternoon I asked everyone to come up with a good name for the drink. I usually do this myself but I thought it might be fun for the others be involved. Many ideas were thrown out, and quickly rejected as waaay too inappropriate, most of them were rather disgusting sounding as well. But we were having fun so no harm done eh?
Finally I had to stand up in front of everyone and say, " let me make this easy for you. Think of a woman, you cannot go wrong with naming a drink after a pretty girl."
Without missing a beat Tuna said " Kaitlyn Jenner" (which is disturbing in of itself) and then Rob said " Kaitlyn Ginner." And so it was born, a product of drunken revelry and complete insensitivity to political correctness.
What could be better? and I am proud to call these guys my friends.
No matter which way you have it, as a Bruce or Kaitlyn, the Ginner will surely keep your guests asking for another round between bouts of laughter. Just keep your eye on the fellas who order the Pre-Op.