Gin and Sin


Depending on what you believe, there’s a lot of sinful activity in this world – and a lot of it is really, really enjoyable. Take lust, for example, that deadly sin that pops up whenever I see a cocktail menu. Envy – of someone else’s cocktail – and covetousness are definitely up there. Look, nowhere in the Bible does it say thou shalt not covet thy fellow drinker’s cocktail, probably because they hadn’t been invented then, poor bastards. And let’s not forget gluttony, which comes along when lust has overtaken and I’ve already had three cocktails but my cocktail stomach demands more. (And yes, a cocktail stomach is totally a thing. Some people have dessert stomachs, I have a cocktail stomach. And a dessert stomach. And definitely a fried food stomach. I’m basically a cow who likes to dedicate its stomachs to very specific tasks.)
Anyway, since this cocktail’s name combines two of my very favourite things – ginning and sinning – I had to try it. It’s possibly the best pink drink I’ve had on my ongoing quest to drink pink things (which I didn’t even know I was on until a 52 Cocktails fan pointed out there’s a lot of pink drinks on this site, so now the pink drink quest is totally a thing too). It’s got a great balance of sweet, sour, intrigue and woah-that-drink-looked-innocent-but-now-I’m-kinda-drunk, which is not technically an ingredient but should be. In short, it tastes like P!nk herself would approve since it’s the kind of drink that would definitely get the party started.
So stop coveting a Gin and Sin and start making one instead – here’s the recipe.

1 orange slice
1 lemon slice
30ml freshly squeezed orange juice
15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Look, with all this fruit in in it it’s practically a salad
15ml sugar syrup
5ml grenadine
60ml gin
Phew, I was worried it was getting too healthy

Chilled cocktail glass. Forgotten to chill your glass or don’t have time to do so? Then chuck some ice cubes in it while you prepare your drink (and remove them before straining the drink into the glass).

Muddle the fruit slices with the juices in a cocktail shaker. Add the sugar syrup, grenadine and gin. Add a handful of ice and shake the bejeezus out of it. Strain into the glass and start sinning, baby.

Avoiding the temptation to drink several of these in a row is the hardest part. But, since squeezing such small amounts of juice is kinda fiddly and annoying, you might as well make a whole batch…

Thank you, Dale De Groff, for putting this recipe in your awesome book The Craft of the Cocktail (Clarkson Potter, 2002).

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