Pegu Club Cocktail

Source: Bitters: A spirited history

Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 3/4 oz orange curaçao, 1 oz lime juice, 1 dash Angostura bitters, 1 dash orange bitters. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Verdict: I kind of feel like I already tried this? But maybe not. This is a very gin-y cocktail. I don’t think it will ever be a favorite, but it was drinkable.

Pegu Club Cocktail

Source: Bitters: A spirited history

Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 3/4 oz orange curaçao, 1 oz lime juice, 1 dash Angostura bitters, 1 dash orange bitters. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Verdict: I kind of feel like I already tried this? But maybe not. This is a very gin-y cocktail. I don’t think it will ever be a favorite, but it was drinkable.

Lusty Lady
Source: Scrappy’s Bitters box
Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1/8 oz cranberry juice, 2-3 dashes lavender bitters, 1 egg white. Shake dry and then with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Verdict: I really like this cocktail, even though it’s a little high maintenance due to the egg white. The lavender bitters add a great, elegant kick. It also looks really pretty. Definitely worth trying!

Lusty Lady

Source: Scrappy’s Bitters box

Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 1/8 oz cranberry juice, 2-3 dashes lavender bitters, 1 egg white. Shake dry and then with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Verdict: I really like this cocktail, even though it’s a little high maintenance due to the egg white. The lavender bitters add a great, elegant kick. It also looks really pretty. Definitely worth trying!

MarTEAni no. 2
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Earl Grey-infused gin, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, dash of lemon juice. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
I decided to use the leftover Early Grey gin to make a more a traditional martini than the original recipe. It worked really well! It wasn’t too tannin-y and the flavor of the tea and vermouth really worked well together.

MarTEAni no. 2

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Earl Grey-infused gin, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, dash of lemon juice. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

I decided to use the leftover Early Grey gin to make a more a traditional martini than the original recipe. It worked really well! It wasn’t too tannin-y and the flavor of the tea and vermouth really worked well together.

Gingersnap ‘skinny’ cocktail
Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 3 oz ginger ale, splash lime juice, dash of nutmeg. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: Skinnytinis by Teresa Marie Howes
I had major issues with this cocktail. First of all, who shakes carbonated beverages? That makes no sense. Second of all, it was gross. I think this might be the most foul cocktail I’ve ever made. The gin and ginger ale combo… ew. The smell of the nutmeg helped a little, but it would have made more sense to sprinkle it on top of the cocktail rather than shaking it with the other ingredients. Do not recommend.

Gingersnap ‘skinny’ cocktail

Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 3 oz ginger ale, splash lime juice, dash of nutmeg. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: Skinnytinis by Teresa Marie Howes

I had major issues with this cocktail. First of all, who shakes carbonated beverages? That makes no sense. Second of all, it was gross. I think this might be the most foul cocktail I’ve ever made. The gin and ginger ale combo… ew. The smell of the nutmeg helped a little, but it would have made more sense to sprinkle it on top of the cocktail rather than shaking it with the other ingredients. Do not recommend.

BVD cocktail 
Ingredients: Equal parts dry vermouth, white rum, and gin. Stir in a glass with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: classicmixology.com
Classic Mixology is my new favorite website! This cocktail sounds like a strange combination of ingredients, but it actually tasted very good. Like a strange combination between a martini and a manhattan. You should try it! It’s super olde-timey and dates from 1916.

BVD cocktail 

Ingredients: Equal parts dry vermouth, white rum, and gin. Stir in a glass with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: classicmixology.com

Classic Mixology is my new favorite website! This cocktail sounds like a strange combination of ingredients, but it actually tasted very good. Like a strange combination between a martini and a manhattan. You should try it! It’s super olde-timey and dates from 1916.

Maiden’s blush
Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1 oz absinthe, 1 teaspoon grenadine. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: The Cocktail Bible
This seems to be an atypical recipe for a maiden’s blush—it usually includes tripe-sec and orange juice, not absinthe. The flavor of absinthe was a little overwhelming in this one, honestly, especially against the gin. Maybe with a more neutral-tasting gin like Hendrick’s it would work better.

Maiden’s blush

Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1 oz absinthe, 1 teaspoon grenadine. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: The Cocktail Bible

This seems to be an atypical recipe for a maiden’s blush—it usually includes tripe-sec and orange juice, not absinthe. The flavor of absinthe was a little overwhelming in this one, honestly, especially against the gin. Maybe with a more neutral-tasting gin like Hendrick’s it would work better.

NOLA martini
Ingredients: A dash of absinthe (or Pernod), 1 oz dry vermouth, 4 oz gin. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: The Cocktail Bible
This might be my new favorite martini recipe! I usually favor a sweeter martini, but the addition of absinthe in this one balances out the gin nicely. I love the hint of licorice taste from the absinthe, too. Definitely recommend this one, especially if you like absinthe!

NOLA martini

Ingredients: A dash of absinthe (or Pernod), 1 oz dry vermouth, 4 oz gin. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: The Cocktail Bible

This might be my new favorite martini recipe! I usually favor a sweeter martini, but the addition of absinthe in this one balances out the gin nicely. I love the hint of licorice taste from the absinthe, too. Definitely recommend this one, especially if you like absinthe!

Vampire
Ingredients: 1 oz dry vermouth, 1 oz gin, and 1/2 oz lime juice. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: The Cocktail Bible ed. Sarah Ford
You know I had to try a cocktail named “vampire,” right? I was really looking forward to this one—mainly because of the name—but it was missing something. It was too dry and too tart. I had trouble finishing it, honestly.

Vampire

Ingredients: 1 oz dry vermouth, 1 oz gin, and 1/2 oz lime juice. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: The Cocktail Bible ed. Sarah Ford

You know I had to try a cocktail named “vampire,” right? I was really looking forward to this one—mainly because of the name—but it was missing something. It was too dry and too tart. I had trouble finishing it, honestly.

Obituary cocktail
Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1/4 dry vermouth, 1/4 oz absinthe. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Source: The website of an absinthe distillery that I’ve since lost. However, you can also find the cocktail recipe on cocktails.about.com.
Whoa puppies. This cocktail isn’t for light drinkers; it really packs a punch, both flavor-wise and alcohol-wise. You have to be a big fan of both gin and absinthe to enjoy this one. Admittedly, I like both, but this cocktail was a little… much. Maybe in the summer it would be better.

Obituary cocktail

Ingredients: 2 oz gin, 1/4 dry vermouth, 1/4 oz absinthe. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Source: The website of an absinthe distillery that I’ve since lost. However, you can also find the cocktail recipe on cocktails.about.com.

Whoa puppies. This cocktail isn’t for light drinkers; it really packs a punch, both flavor-wise and alcohol-wise. You have to be a big fan of both gin and absinthe to enjoy this one. Admittedly, I like both, but this cocktail was a little… much. Maybe in the summer it would be better.

Gibson
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz gin, 1 1/2 oz dry vermouth. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass; garnish with a silverskin onion.
Source: William Boothby’s 1908 gibson recipe, which you can find on wikipedia.
A gibson is basically a martini, but garnished with an onion. Do garnishes create new cocktails now? If so, you can call my martini with capers “the Tasha B.”
Anywhosie, I’m not generally a fan of onions, and the flavor/smell in this cocktail was a little difficult for me to take. I wound up just tossing the onion because I couldn’t face noshing on it. But if you like onions, go for it.

Gibson

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz gin, 1 1/2 oz dry vermouth. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass; garnish with a silverskin onion.

Source: William Boothby’s 1908 gibson recipe, which you can find on wikipedia.

A gibson is basically a martini, but garnished with an onion. Do garnishes create new cocktails now? If so, you can call my martini with capers “the Tasha B.”

Anywhosie, I’m not generally a fan of onions, and the flavor/smell in this cocktail was a little difficult for me to take. I wound up just tossing the onion because I couldn’t face noshing on it. But if you like onions, go for it.