Friday, May 15, 2020

I Spoke Too Soon

It turns out that the warmth and sunshine returning to Oregon was short lived.  We got about three glorious days of 70's and 80's and now the rain is back.  I begrudgingly pulled my little space heater back out from under the bed storage this morning.

Rain, rain go away

At least this little robin is having a good day

Continuing on with the stay-at-home cocktail making project I've been working on, Mr. Lebovitz posted up a new recipe this week called the White Lady.  Since I was drawn to last week's Aperol Spritz because it sounded light and summery, this new cocktail seems sufficiently hard and cool enough to match the grey and dismal mood outside.  Lebovitz makes a lot of his recipes using gin.  I'm not really a fan of gin, but it appears to be having a revival lately especially at the new craft distilleries popping up all over the place.  Maybe the craft brewery market has finally gotten over saturated?

There are so many choices when it comes to gin.  I really had no idea what I wanted, but the girl at the store recommended Tanqueray No. Ten when I told her I was not a fan. I think it was a good choice because I didn't get the usual piney taste that seems to accompany most gin drinks.  I also didn't have the lemon that the recipe called for, so I made my drink with a lime instead. 

The cocktail does feel cold and moody, but it's also very strong.  I like it, but clearly a slow sipping, no more than one kind of drink for me.  The lime worked well in it.  I think if I were to make the drink again I would add a small amount of simple syrup and a sugar rim.  That would probably make it perfect for me.

The White Lady

1 ounce gin
1 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce lime juice

Add all three to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Add to a chilled glass with a lime garnish.

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