Mixology, Initial Investigations

So the first full week of mixology and infusions is over, plus or minus a day or two. And I have to say on the whole the drinks have been a success. And by that, no one has gone blind, spit out a drink in disgust, or told me I’m completely awful and insane. A brief summary of my week’s exploits:

  • Basil Gin and Tonic
  • Cucumber Gin and Tonic
  • Jalapeno Tequila Sunrise
  • Mixed Melon and Cucumber Gin


On the whole this has been an extremely educational week as far as flavors and alcohol go. Considering my interest in mixology came more as a whim, I have no training or education in how to mix drinks or what the dos and don’t are of cocktails. So needless to say the week has been a combination of tip toeing into the water and full blown experimentations. It wasn’t until after the fact that I realized how unoriginal some of my concoctions are.

Basil Gin and Tonic

This interest sparked from my Summer love for Gin and Tonics. Needless to say, the first drink poured last Sunday was a Basil infused Gin & Tonic. Immediately I was happy. The sweetness of the basil mixed with all the usual flavors of the gin made the drink truly a delight. Nothing in my mind could beat this. Until I had one with cucumber.
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Basil infused Gin
  • 8 oz tonic
  • Twist of Lime

Pour gin and tonic over ice and garnish with lime.

Cucumber Gin and Tonic

Later in the week I tried the same this with the cucumber gin. Talk about a summer beverage. The crispness of the cucumber mixed with the sharpness of the gin. The tonic helped carry the aromas. This might very well be my new summer staple, if only I can keep enough in stock.
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cucumber infused Gin
  • 8 oz tonic
  • Twist of Lime

Pour gin and tonic over ice and garnish with lime.

Jalapeno Tequila Sunrise

Now I thought I was being creative. I wanted to take the jalapeno tequila and mix it with some citrus. Planning to use blood orange I couldn’t find any and settled on grapefruit. This drink took a few tries to get the proper proportions but what I settled on I truly like. The jalapeno gives a nice peppery aroma to the drink and the grapefruit and lime juice work well to balance the heat and flavor of the tequila. The right amount of seltzer helps to break the flavors apart and to keep the drink from being too powerful.
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Jalapeno infused Tequila
  • 2.5 oz grapefruit juice (I got about this much juice from a single grapefruit.
  • 1/2 oz lime (I squeezed a half to whole fresh lime for this amount)
  • 2-3 oz seltzer (tonic works too)

Mix all the ingredients together and shake. Pour into a glass of choice. I chose to garnish mine with one of the jalapenos that made the original infusion.

The Morning Melon

OK, this name admittedly needs some work. Having brunch with some friends from Miami I chose to bring to the table my new concoctions. And a fruit salad. And one immediately became a primary ingredient for the other. Ultimately I asked if they wanted a drink with the cucumber or basil gin (I was low on tequila at this point and had a fresh batch of the other two) and was directed to use the cucumber gin. Looking at the fruit salad I couldn’t decide between using the watermelon or cantaloupe and chose to use both. The final drink had a nice crisp cucumber nose to it and all the melon flavors with a gin finish. One lesson I learned here is don’t skimp on the gin. Fortunately I had a little left in the mason jar and we were able to boost out flavors – not for the alcoholic reasons you might guess but to give it a crisper, sharper edge to it that was missing.
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cucumber Gin
  • 3-5 pieces of watermelon (1*1 inch) Mottled in mixer
  • 3-5 pieces of canatloup (1*1 inch) Mottled in mixer
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (I’m curious to make this drink again without the syrup to see how it is affected)
  • 2-3 oz tonic

Mottle the fruit in the mixer and then add ice. Add the other ingredients and shake. I’m still trying to understand how to shake a drink with tonic and not have the pressure build, so hold tightly and release the top slowly. Pour into a glass. I chose to garnish with what I had, more watermelon though given the nature of the gin I would also suggest a cucumber slice if available for additional color.

Follow Up

My plan is to continue the drinks listed above. With the leftover watermelon I plan on trying a watermelon salsa cocktail (think tequila and cilantro). I also hope to start infusing some vodka in the coming weeks. Some other thoughts that have crossed my mind and have to be sorted out:

  • Berry infused vodka with cream soda
  • Coffee bean infused vodka with a chocolate shotglass (Winter)
  • Peanut/Peanut butter… something? Thinking this can be an enhanced White Russia? (Winter)
  • Ginger infused vodka
  • Garlic infused vodka

Any thoughts and feedback is much appreciated.

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