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The kinda sorta Gin Fizz

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Having my own bar in my house has been quite inspiring. Creating the ideal Manhattan a few weeks ago made me realize that I have the ability to be my own bartender, at a fraction of the cost of going out.  I also really like having control over my food (I think that’s been made obvious by now), and with something like alcohol, every potentially-mind-numbing calorie counts. I want to really like what I’m drinking, which doesn’t always happen at bars where the bartenders are a little heavy-handed on the ice, sugar, or flavored/low quality liquor.  Then again, I don’t have a very well-stocked bar, so I’m a little limited in what I can make without having to buy new ingredients.

I do always keep my kitchen stocked with soda water and citrus fruits to make infused water, which is my favorite way to stay hydrated.  That means I can also make cocktails that are sour and/or fizzy, like, say, a gin fizz!  I think I mentioned before that I really only like gin and bourbon, which may make me an old man, but tonight the gin really pulled through.

Normally, a gin fizz is served over ice in a highball glass, but I don’t like taking a sip of a drink and having a bunch of ice hit me in the face, so I decided to make this one up instead. Martini glasses are always more fun anyway.  Also, gin fizzes usually only have one kind of citrus, but I went with two instead. #yolo*

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This drink is pretty simple:

  • 2oz gin
  • 1 T powdered sugar
  • 1 T lemon juice, lime juice, or a mixture of each- fresh squeezed!!
  • 3 oz club soda

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  1. Combine everything but the soda in a shaker full of ice and shake like crazy. I was really excited to find a drink that is “shaken, not stirred” because shaking a drink is a lot of fun. It also dissolves the sugar nicely and blends the ingredients.
  2. Strain out the liquid into a martini glass.
  3. Pour in the club soda and swirl gently to mix.  Don’t put the club soda in the shaker unless you want to clean up a carbonation explosion.
Yes, that's on my stove, but the lighting was nice.
Yes, that’s on my stove, but the lighting was nice.

Disclaimer: this might already exist as a drink by another name. In fact, it’s so simple and so delicious that it probably does. But that’s ok… It’s really quite lovely. 

*it physically pained me to write #yolo, but I figured if I’m ever gonna use that expression, that’s the time.

Gin Fizz

Gin Fizz

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, lime juice, or a mixture of each- fresh squeezed!!
  • 3 oz club soda

Directions

  1. Combine everything but the soda in a shaker full of ice and shake for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain out the liquid into a martini glass.
  3. Pour in the club soda and swirl gently to mix.
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