What is the origin of the word cocktail. What has a cock’s tail or, for that matter, a fowl’s got to do with mixed drinks?
Technically speaking, any mixed beverage with one of its ingredients being alcohol may be termed a cocktail.
More of a cooking buff I paid scant attention to cocktail mixing but caught up soon with the art as I was smart enough to understand its paybacks at a party. This led me to embark on an experiential journey of mixing this and that. Mocktails and Cocktails. On a serious note, however, I am not exactly a fan of the mocktails theory or what are but virgin cocktails. No spirit really, at least not to me. 🙂
So here’s one of my safe choices for a cocktail recipe, one that almost always never goes wrong.
GREEN LADY – COCKTAIL RECIPE
Gin (perhaps a Vodka would go well too)
Khus Green Syrup – 90ml
Dukes Lemonade – a little less than a cup
Lime Juice – 20 to 30ml
Mint Leaves – a fresh bunch, or a handful – from large hands
Cherries (for garnishing, if need be)
Martini cocktail glass/es
- Throw some ice rocks into a pestle. Add a good bit of fresh mint leaves followed by some lime juice.
- Add a bit of Khus syrup, after giving the Khus bottle a good shake.
Watchout Tip: Do not add a drop over the defined quantity as Khus like bad perfume could affect the aroma of the drink.
- Pour the “mixer”, which is lemonade in this case, into the mixture. Then beat it well enough for the aroma of mint to blend in nicely.
- A cake beater should be good enough.
Watchout Tip: Avoid using a grinder or blender as it will not produce the same effect as muddling/beating. You won’t want the drink to be a watered down version of a green paste.
- Strain the blend into the Martini cocktail glass directly (or into a separate pitcher).
- Add a shot of gin, then stir gently.
- Garnish with a few mint leaves. Or pop in a cherry, if you like.
- If you’ve got it right, you’ll get the minty whiff far before you’ve sipped the drink.
I really dig this cocktail as it brings on the flavours of a herb garden. Is light on the palate, mildly bubbly and refreshing. A summer drink.