Competition, gin cocktail

The things you do for and with friends are often the best of times. We gather every now and then with friends in friendly competition to see who makes the best pizza, lasagna, dessert, or just to share a meal with one couple bringing a drink, another the salad, and someone else doing an entree. Fun times.

competition gin drink vertThe latest call to action required each couple to prepare and serve a cocktail and sandwich. We did a panini-style mozzarella and prosciutto with a pesto mayonnaise. Here’s the cocktail served with it. With the slight bite of heat from the serrano syrup (the recipe is below), we think this a good brunch drink, too. We’re headed today to the Official Drink of Austin event, which should also prove to be one of those best of times.

2 ounces dry gin
1/2 ounce lime juice
2 thin cucumber slices
1 thin lime slice
3-4 fresh mint leaves
1/2 ounce serrano syrup
1 ounce chilled soda water

In a collins or large old-fashioned glass, muddle the lime juice, mint leaves, cucumber, and lime slices with the serrano syrup. And the gin and soda. Stir gently. Fill glass with ice. Stir again. Garnish with a long, thin cucumber strip.

Want to know more? The official drink trip.

Tasting notes: Refreshing. Bit of spice adds pleasant complexity.

Next: ATX Food and Drink

Serrano Syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 water
1 serrano pepper, cut in half

Place the three ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring. Remove from the heat and cool the syrup. Strain into a small bottle. Will keep for 3 to 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

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