A cocktail layered with aphrodisiacs
I’m loving the concept of this gin fizz recipe, invented by cocktail maven Kathy Casey. It was sent to us by Martin Miller’s Gin as a reminder why winter can be the right time for gin. I am intrigued by the gin fizz ingredients because they offer layers of aphrodisiac flavors. (These include honey – one of my all time favorites – and the aromatics of fresh thyme.)
Is gin an aphrodisiac?
Now, 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.
To some, all alcohol is considered aphrodisiac
Certainly, the mere fact that it is a form of alcohol makes it aphrodisiac. But without known the blend of ingredients in each gin, I’m uncertain. However, whether or not you buy into gin’s aphrodisiac properties, when it’s combine 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.
Equipment needed to make this gin fizz drink
If you’re into mixology, you probably have everything you need to make this cocktail. 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, you may need to purchase a few things to make your mixology experience easier.
What is a bar spoon?
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 it is usually far more decorative. It usually has a threaded handle to make it easy to hold and turn – not to mention more attractive.Buy a bar spoon
Additional cocktail equipment
The drink calls for 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 buy Collins glasses if you already own tall tumblers.
But you will need to get a funnel if you don’t already have one. It isn’t necessary for making this version of a gin fizz, but its going to be really hard to transfer your Honey Thyme Grapefruit Elixir to the storage container without it.
A non-alcoholic cocktail alternative
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 the splash of soda. It makes a sophisticated and sensual non-alcoholic alternative to sugary soft drinks.
Aphrodisiac Honey Gin Thyme Fizz Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz gin 3 tbsp
- 2 oz Honey-Thyme Grapefruit Elixir 1/4 cup, recipe follows
- 1 - 2 oz soda or sparkling water 2 - 4 tbsp
- slices Garnish: fresh thyme sprig or thin wedge of grapefruit
Makes about 20 ounces - 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
- 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 and grapefruit.
Honey-Thyme Grapefruit Elixir
- 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.
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