When you get an amazingly fresh, pure tasting bottle of small batch, locally distilled gin, the last thing you want to do is mask the taste of it with too many recipe ingredients.
So, I’ve put together an easy cocktail recipe that’s sure to please any forager.
Thirsty Forager Gin Cocktail
I recently wrote up our adventures touring and tasting at two of Frederick, Maryland’s newest distilleries.
We enjoyed the spirits we tasted so much, that we brought a bottle of McClintock Distilling Company‘s Distilled Forager Gin home with us.
I’m admittedly not a gin connoisseur, so instead of attempting to describe what this gin tastes like, I will directly quote McClintock Distilling Company’s website: “Forager gin is a vapor infused new-world style gin using botanicals inspired by native herbs found in the Appalacian Wilderness.”
- Aaromatic juniper nosing
- Strong citrus and floral notes on the palate, with balanced undertones of juniper throughout the taste.
- Complex finish with earthy and citrus notes to compliment the sweeter floral initial taste.
In my own words, this is some good gin!
So, without further ado, here is the Thirsty Forager Gin Cocktail Recipe:
- - 4 mint leaves
- - 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- - 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- - 2 ounces McClintock Distilling Company Distilled Forager Gin
- - Ice
- - Club soda to taste
- - 1 mint sprig as garnish
- Muddle mint leaves with sugar and lemon juice in a hard bottom glass (see video at the end of this blog post demonstrating how to muddle mint).
- Pour muddled mint mixture and Forager Gin into cocktail shaker.
- Shake until frothy.
- Strain mixture into a rocks glass with a heavy base.
- Add ice.
- Top off with club soda and a sprig of mint.
And here is the finished, refreshing, fizzy product!
Have I told you how much I LOVE muddled mint and anything that involves muddled mint?
Well, if I haven’t, I’m telling ya now!
This recipe is very similar to the ever popular mojito recipe.
BUT, the mojito recipe uses rum, lime juice, and a lot more mint.
You could call this the mojito’s gin cousin.
If you make this recipe using lime juice and simple syrup, it is called the Southside or Gin Mojito.
But, with my tweaks, it’s the Thirsty Forager.
The combination of the best tasting gin I’ve ever had, along with the lemon juice, sugar, muddled mint, and club soda is absolutely divine.
You can play around with the ingredients to cater it to your taste.
If you like a sweeter drink, add more sugar.
Prefer more fizz? Add more club soda.
Are you a straight-up-with-a-splash-of-juice kind of person? Increase the gin and decrease the other ingredients.
Bottom line is, you can’t go wrong with this Forager Gin.
It’s. That. Good.
And last, but certainly not least, I wanted to include a short video demonstrating the proper way to muddle mint.
You might already have known how to do this.
I did not.
So here it is.
We’d love to hear what your favorite gin cocktail is!
Share the recipe in the comments.
As always, please drink responsibly.