Summer cocktails should be fuss-free, refreshing…and sometimes pink! (Well, that last one’s our opinion, anyway.) But easy and thirst-quenching are essentials during the hotter months. And that’s why we’re featuring this fun and slightly fruity gin cocktail from Plymouth gin.
This easy gin cocktail is your new summer drink
It’s a simple and sophisticated blend of gin with Lillet rosé. The Lillet gives the drink a hint of fruity freshness without the sweetness or heavy flavors fruit juice and simple syrup bring to a cocktail. (It’s also what gives the cocktail its blushing pink hue.)
The resulting cocktail is fairly crisp and made for an elegant afternoon or evening. I picture it being sipped at a Bond-worthy, British cocktail affair complete with men in white tails and the gentles strains of a string quartet. I might even serve it with a batch of these rosemary cheese scones for nibbling.
If living this genteel life is your kind of summer fantasy, then you need to pick up a bottle of gin and get mixing. Plymouth’s master distiller Sean Harrison recommends preparing the drink with a large cube of ice for proper enjoyment, as opposed to serving this gin cocktail with small cubes or ice chips.
What makes this cocktail an aphrodisiac?
Of course, it’s well-known that all alcohol is aphrodisiac to a degree. And certainly, a drink colored the sweet, blushing pink of new love should be an inspiration for romance. But this gin cocktail may offer more aphrodisiac possibilities than most.
You see, all gins are distilled from a blend of botanicals. And traditionally, the primary botanical agent is juniper berry, the fruit of an evergreen shrub. It’s the essential oil of juniper that gives gin its signature slightly bitter, pine forest note. And it’s also held in regard as an aphrodisiac for men. One theory is that the woody, masculine notes of juniper essential oils stimulates erotic thoughts in men. (Although some may say that’s just the liquor talking.)
Whether gin leads your thoughts toward the erotic or simply gives you the warming sensation of alcohol to your bloodstream, this drink will certainly work as an aphrodisiac on some level. Cin cin.
This simple and refreshing cocktail recipe is great for pre-dinner drinking or just something to sip on the porch on a warm day.
- 1 part Plymouth Gin
- 1 part Lillet Rosé
- Grapefruit Twist
Stir and serve in a rocks glass over ice or served up.
For a sweeter style, substitute Lillet Rosé with Lillet Blanc.
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