Gin and Orange juice

It’s simple, it’s quick, it’s delicious!  What more could you want from a drink?  The gin and juice is a really basic concept but actually provides quite a bit of opportunity to experiment.  Firstly, gins vary in their taste.  Gin is based on juniper berries and different gins have more or less of the juniper berry taste.  Secondly, you can try a range of different juices including orange or pineapple for a milder tasting drink to lemon or grapefruit for something with a little more tang.  If you do choose to use a sour citrus flavour like grapefruit or lemon, you might like to use a sugar syrup to balance the sourness.  It really depends on your taste.

Another thing that’s great about the gin and juice is that it’s one of the more basic mixed drinks that’s well suited to being made in a cocktail shaker.  There is just something a bit sophisticated about adding your ingredients to a shiny stainless steel cocktail shaker, giving a good shake and then pouring off into a suitable glass.  A chilled high ball glass is perfect for the drink and maintains that stylish feel.

For this recipe, we’ll use orange juice as it’s a common ingredient you’re likely to already have.  If you want to try other juices, just maintain the ratios.  Freshly squeezed orange juice or an unsweetened orange juice are better for this drink.

Ingredients

2 oz. gin

5 oz. orange juice

Handful of ice cubes

1 large or 2-3 small mint leaves

Slice of lemon or orange for garnish

Directions

Add the ice to a cocktail shaker.  Next add gin and juice.  Place the lid firmly on the shaker and hold onto the lid while shaking vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds.  Pour the drink into a chilled glass filled halfway with ice cubes (make sure you use the strainer in the cocktail shaker to strain off the ice from the shaker as it will be a bit too slushy to want in your drink).  Float mint leaves on top and decorate the side of the glass with a slice of orange or lemon.  Drink through a long straw.