Gin and Ginger Fizz

Cold, gingery, citrusy and refreshing–all describe this perfect cocktail for hot weather.  Today, friends and I experimented in putting together ingredients for an icy summer drink using the ginger liqueur Canton.  I discovered this lovely liqueur recently and it quickly became a favorite—gingery, piquant, but not as intense as ginger root.

We tried various combinations and proportions of Canton along with Clementine Vodka, Gin, Limoncello, Triple Sec, Aperol, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup..  This was everyone’s favorite:

2 oz. Canton Liqueur

2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin*

1 ½ oz. (1 jigger) freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup**

Tonic water

Lemon and cucumber slices

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, add Canton, Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup.  Shake vigorously.  Pour into a balloon glass over ice cube and top with tonic water.  Garnish with lemon and cucumber slices.

*I recommend Hendrick’s Gin with its curious essence of cucumber and rose petals.

**Simple syrup can be made by bringing equal amounts of sugar and water to a boil and then simmering a few minutes until sugar is dissolved.  Remove when syrup begins to thicken and store in refrigerator.

Photographer Bill Brady http://bit.ly/9wFYxm

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