On the occasion of my birthday, I shall now share my three current favorite gin-based cocktails with you.
- The Martini: The Little Black Dress of the cocktail world. Two shots of gin, half a shot of dry vermouth. Olive garnish optional. (Substitute the olive with a cocktail onion, and it becomes a Gibson.) Shake or stir in ice-filled shaker, serve in pre-chilled cocktail glass.
- The Bronx: A great lunch or afternoon cocktail. Slightly sweet without being cloying. My favorite ratio for the Bronx is two shots of gin, one shot of orange juice, and half a shot each of sweet and dry vermouth. (The “standard” IBA version uses less gin, more vermouth, and less OJ, which gives the drink a more bitter note, for those who prefer that sort of thing.) Shake vigorously in ice-filled cocktail shaker, strain into cocktail glass.
- The Foghorn: More of a warm-weather refreshment akin to the Long Island Iced Tea, without the massive wallop a proper LIIT packs. Put some ice in a highball glass, pour two shots of gin on top, add the juice from half a lime, and fill up with ginger ale.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes, folks. They are much appreciated. Now go have one of those cocktails before the day is over, hmm-kay?