How to make a refreshing gin cocktail to sip under the stars
Last night there was a supermoon to end all supermoons. Did you see it? I fully intended to and went somewhere special to see the sun go down. I gazed out from the gorgeous terrace at Roberto’s, watching the sky turn from golden to salmon pink to deep blue until the lights of the Burj Khalifa started to twinkle. The moon, however super, just wasn’t visible from that viewpoint. Sinking into the sofa when I got home I knew I should haul myself out into my garden and marvel, but every ounce of energy had left my body. For once, instead of beating myself up, I made peace with myself. As an enthusiastic person I often feel guilty if I haven’t seized every precious moment. Perhaps if I’d had one of these in my hand I might have found that extra incentive.
Denzel, my bartender cocktail advisor, came up with this recipe specifically for sipping outside under the stars. While November in some parts of the world call for hot chocolate with a slug of something warming, here in Dubai it’s the perfect time of year to spend evenings outdoors. One to bookmark for those summer nights or sunny Autumn days.
The best gin cocktail for sipping on your terrace
The fresh, floral and green of the outdoors is reflected in the flavours of this drink. And it contains sherry, that slightly old-fashioned drink which has seen a little renaissance. Denzel chose Manzanilla sherry as it’s fruity and floral, but salty on the palate with a dry and zesty finish. The slight saltiness complements all daisy-style drinks (and sour drinks like the Margarita) and the floral notes play delicately with the green and violet ones. Less Chelsea flower show, more cottage garden.
Named after the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC in Dutch) for its role in the spice trade.
- 60ml gin, Sacred Cardamom recommended
- 15ml Manzanilla Sherry
- 20ml honey and green tea syrup *
- 15ml fresh lemon juice
- 15ml egg white
- Sweet violet droplets**
- Matcha tea and dried rose petals (optional garnish)
- Cocktail shaker
- Old fashioned glass
How to mix
Add all the ingredients (except the garnish) into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain the liquid from the ice into a chilled glass.
*To make the honey and green tea syrup infuse one part green tea in one part of hot water for 5 minutes then strain. Dissolve one part of raw honey in the green tea and allow to cool.
** Sweet violet droplets add an intense floral note to cocktails without being sweet. Alternatively substitute jasmine tea for the green tea when making the syrup.
Do you always seize the moment or have guilty feelings like me?! What’s in your glass this month?