One of the sadder parts of working with a team distributed all over the country is the fact that we can't close up shop early on Friday and have a drink together. But we can still raise a glass to the fun of working together, and to Cocktail Week, with a virtual happy hour! A few of us editors threw our own happy hour, wherever we were, and shook up a gin drink to celebrate the end of a long week. Want to see our drink picks, and to join us? Can we entice you to jump in to our virtual happy hour?
Four of us stirred up gin cocktails to close out the week — here they all are!
Emma shook up a Figgy Gin Fizz, a drink from her own fertile imagination! It goes like this: 2 ounces gin, 1 ounce Black Mission fig-infused shrub, 10 drops vanilla bitters, and sparkling water. Shake all the ingredients with ice until the outside of the shaker is frosty and pour into a tumbler. Top with sparkling water.
Anjali says, "The Eastside Fizz (get the recipe at Bon Appetit) mixes gin with muddled cucumbers and mint, lime juice, a little simple syrup and a splash of soda water. I think it's just about the perfect warm-weather drink: fresh, herbal, fizzy and a bit sour. Plus, as a lifelong resident of the so-called "Eastside" region of Los Angeles, the name ensures this drink has a special place in my heart."
Cambria says: "Gin and tonic is my easy, no-fuss cocktail of choice when I'm either low on ingredients or too lazy to mix anything else. But if I'm feeling a little fancy, I'll mix in some St. Germain. The combo is super light and refreshing, just the thing to sip on a warm Friday afternoon."
And my own, a Gin Daisy, inspired by Dana's grenadine post today and the little bowl of grenadine in my fridge. Gin, lemon juice, an egg white, a little sugar, and grenadine for a frothy pink color that is just right for spring.
OK, your turn! Want to shake up a gin drink? Do it — and tell us about it here, or on Twitter! We'd love to see pictures — it's happy hour, and we're ready for the week to end, so join us!
(Images: Faith Durand; Emma Christensen; Anjali Prasertong; Tyler Bold)