I love the concept of this winter gin cocktail recipe. I wish I could take credit for this one but this gin fizz was invented by cocktail maven Kathy Casey to give gin, one of summer’s most popular spirits, a winter makeover. What I love most isn’t the drink’s tongue-tingling balance of fresh and comforting ingredients. It’s the layers of aphrodisiacs this cocktail delivers in every sexy sip. So if you’re looking for a new cocktail to spark some date night romance, this drink is a must!
Equipment needed to make this gin fizz drink
If you want to impress your date with your mixology skills while you mix this drink, you’re going to need a couple of bartending tools. If you make a lot of drinks, you probably have everything you need. But if your idea of mixing a drink is pouring a glass of Champagne, (my cocktail of choice), or splashing a Coke with spiced rum, here are the tools to make you look smooth as you measure and stir.
A bar spoon is a really pretty tool. It is a thin, long-handled spoon. It holds about as much as a standard teaspoon but is usually far more decorative. It usually has a threaded handle to make it easy to hold and turn – not to mention more attractive. It’s what the pros use to delicately stir cocktails like this one.
The drink is meant to be served in a Collins glass. This is a glass style named for the Tom Collins cocktail. It is basically a tall type of tumbler that holds somewhere between 10 and 14 ounces. You don’t necessarily have to Collins glasses if you already own reasonably tall tumblers. But they are good-looking glasses and they’re used for a number of classic cocktails.
Lastly, get yourself a funnel if you don’t already have one. It isn’t necessary to make this version of a gin fizz, but it’s going to be really hard to transfer your Honey Thyme Grapefruit Elixir, (this drink’s version of a simple syrup), to the storage container without it.
Why this is your winter date night drink
So, getting back to why you need this drink, it’s an aphrodisiac. But why? There are so many ingredients giving this drink romantic potential but let’s start with the gin.
Is gin an aphrodisiac?
There are men and women throughout history who declared gin as among the beverage world’s most potent aphrodisiacs. Certainly, it is an elixir with an interesting history. The trouble for me is that gin is made in distinctly different styles with a variety of herbal ingredients.
Certainly, the mere fact that gin is a form of alcohol makes it an aphrodisiac. But without knowing the blend of ingredients in each gin, you can’t really say whether or not it has aphrodisiac properties beyond the alcohol. However, whether or not you buy into gin’s aphrodisiac properties, when it’s combined with the other ingredients of this Honey Gin Fizz recipe, I’d say the odds are in your favor for a successful night of romance.
Other aphrodisiac ingredients
Honey, the ingredient used to give this drink its sweetness, is one of the most famous aphrodisiac foods in history. Viscous, golden and gently sweet, honey has been linked with sex since the time of ancient Greece. And it contains boron, a nutrient linked with testosterone. But honey isn’t the only aphrodisiac ingredient to make this gin fizz a cocktail for seduction. The herb thyme is also historically aphrodisiac and incidentally, it’s incredibly easy to grow on your windowsill. Lastly, there’s the grapefruit and lemon. Citrus makes my list of the top 10 foods for women’s sexual health. So serve this to your sweetheart with the confidence that this is a drink for romance.
A non-alcoholic variation
If you’re serving a special someone looking to abstain from the revelry of gin, here’s a suggestion. Try serving the Honey-Thyme Grapefruit Elixir with just a splash of soda. It makes a sophisticated and sensual non-alcoholic alternative to sugary soft drinks.
Aphrodisiac Honey Thyme Fizz - A Winter Gin Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 2 oz Honey-Thyme Grapefruit Elixir 1/4 cup, recipe follows
- 1 - 2 oz soda or sparkling water
- fresh thyme sprig or thin wedge of grapefruit to garnish
For the Honey-Thyme Grapefruit Elixir (makes enough for 10 cocktails)*
- 1/2 cup local honey
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1/2 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit ruby or pink grapefruit juice
- 6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
To make the Honey-Thyme Grapefruit Elixir (make in advance)
- Combine the honey and water in a bowl or pitcher. Whisk to combine.
- Stir in the grapefruit and lemon juices.
- Funnel mixture into a pretty bottle and add in the thyme sprigs.
- Let thyme mingle for at least 8 hours before serving and store refrigerated up to 5 days.
To make the cocktail
- Fill a Collins or tall glass with ice.
- Measure in gin and the elixir. Top with a splash of soda.
- Stir drink with a bar spoon.
- Garnish with thyme sprig or grapefruit slice.
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