The Gin Meow-er ... A Gin-Based, Cat-Themed Cocktail

My girl, Caitlin, had surgery this week and her hilarious husband took over her Twitter account to keep everyone updated. Hilarity ensued and resulted in me stating I would make a gin-based / cat-themed cocktail in Caitlin's honour. Because #love.

And so, I give you the Gin Meow-er. Like a Gin Sour but cattier.

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Ingredients

3 ounces gin (I used The London No1 because I find it quite citrusy and thought it would play well with the lemon and lime.)

Juice of 1 lime

Juice of 1 lemon

1 egg white (or 2 Tablespoons pasteurized egg white. You find this in a carton in the egg cooler at the grocery store. This is what I used because my mom read an article on raw eggs and salmonella in, like, 1989 and our family hasn't been the same since. Love you, Mom!)

1 ounce simple syrup (I made a rosemary lemon simple syrup because I am fancy like that. Recipe below.)

Directions

Fill cocktail shaker 2/3 with ice. Add all ingredients and shake vigourously for about 20 seconds or until you've got a nice froth. Strain into two glasses over ice. Garnish with rosemary springs and lemon wheels. Enjoy!

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Rosemary Lemon Simple Syrup

Put 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, zest from half a lemon, and 3 - 4 sprigs fresh rosemary in a pan. Heat over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil and sugar is dissolved. Turn heat off and let mixture steep for 30 minutes. Strain and store in the fridge. This syrup is great in cocktails but you can also use it to make an excellent alcohol-free beverage with the addition of lemonade and soda water.

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Frozen Watermelon Gin Lemonade

BC is having a bit of a heat wave and staying hydrated is important. Don't even try to tell me that gin doesn't count. I'm hot. Gin is cold. It's science.

If you don't love gin, or really want to taste your other flavours, use vodka or white rum instead. The amounts below made two very large drinks; alter for the size of your blender, the size of your glasses, the number of people you're serving, or your own personal taste (we like ours quite minty).

1 - 2 cups frozen watermelon cubes (you can use fresh watermelon + ice cubes if you don't have time to freeze your watermelon but you'll end up with a diluted watermelon flavour)

1 small handful fresh mint leaves

1 cup lemonade

2 - 4oz gin (I'm not going to tell you how to live your life)

Blend together until smooth. Enjoy!

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Sparkling Strawberry Mint Lemonade

BC is in the middle of a bit of a heat wave right now and my family is a bit befuddled. We don't do well with heat. Today Grady told me I couldn't be grumpy because he was grumpy enough for both of us (and he totally was).

This drink is light and refreshing and tastes like summer in a glass. Add gin or vodka if you're serving the adult crowd.

Step 1: Gently muddle a few (4 - 6) fresh mint leaves and a sliced strawberry in the bottom of a tall glass.

Step 1.5: Feel very smug if you grew the mint and/or strawberries in your own garden.

Step 2: Add ice.

Step 3: Top with lemonade and soda water in the ratio you prefer. We like it 1:1 in our house.

Step 4: Enjoy!

If you want to take this drink to the next level, replace the mint with 0.5oz of rosemary simple syrup. There's something magic about the combination of rosemary, strawberries, and lemon.

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Green Tea Lemonade

I love the shaken green tea lemonade from a certain coffee shop but I don't love spending $5 for one (#scotchblood). 

I decided to try to make it home and I'm so pleased with the result. It's as fresh and zingy as the coffee shop beverage but less sweet because I used just a titch of local honey as opposed to multiple pumps of simple syrup.  

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I brewed two green tea teabags in a litre of boiling hot water and let it steep for ten minutes, then added about 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Remove the teabags and chill your green tea until ready to use. To serve, fill a glass with lots of ice and top with green tea and lemonade (I do 2/3 green tea and 1/3 lemonade.) Enjoy!