When New Amsterdam Gin sent out a call to a group of local bloggers and media to enter a mixology contest, I got excited. I like playing mad scientist in my kitchen and testing different recipes on friends. However, my knowledge of gin was pretty weak, so I turned to Twitter for help with drink ideas. I have to say, ya’ll really like your gin and have some serious brand loyalty:
- @aschie30 Songbird, Negroni, Southside and a good ol’ G&T, off the top of my head
- @joejanas Two parts Plymouth, 1 part Farigoule, stirred, served up with sprig of thyme.
- @geg5150 Rangpur Gin with TJ’s Sparkling Limeade and muddled blackberries. Divine & Dangerous!
- @geg5150 I love a G&T with a splash of St. Germaine.
- @tineross Try Hendricks, Elderflower liq, soda H2o
- @marzlet Hendricks Gin + Tonic + slice of cucumber = the drink that converted me last summer at a rooftop party!
- @GourmetRambler Ooooh. Make Aviations! Yum! Oh, also a HUM negroni is delicious!
- @eatitdrinkit Hendricks with cucumber. If you have time to let cucumber macerate, bonus. Otherwise muddle cuke, add gin, maybe bit of soda.
- @GourmetRambler I like Tom Collins. But it depends on gin. What gin are you looking to use?
- @JeffreyWWard Might sound crazy but Plymouth on the rocks with a splash of St. Germain
- @Chicago_Reader Martini, gin & tonic for simplicity; gin fizz for something more complicated
- @biancakasurinen Lime Ricky
Like all good contests, there were a few rules: no other distilled beverage, must use the available ingredients, and you have to do it all in 10 minutes. It was a little bit of pressure, but a lot of fun. If you have the utensils and the space this has the makings of a great summer party.
For the curious, my own mixology efforts yielded a gin & tonic with muddled blueberries, a dash of honey and a glass rimmed with lavender sugar. They wanted a Chicago name for our drink creations so I brazenly called mine “One Gin Goal Achieved” because blueberries reminded me of hockey pucks and I can’t quite let go of the Blackhawks buzz. It may take several drinks for that to happen.
I didn’t win, BTW, so you should probably stick with the Twitter wisdom accumulated on this page or read through New Amsterdam’s recipes if you’re serious about creating a gin cocktail. Thanks to everyone who provided inspiration!
Bottles of gin and utensils were provided courtesy of New Amsterdam. Food was provided courtesy of Old Town Social.