You know what I like? Lazy weekends. You know what I really like? Lazy weekends with cocktails. You know what I love? Lazy weekends with gin cocktails! This past weekend I took a trip to World Market to look for this wine one of my friends recently told me about. If you have never been to World Market, it’s probably one of the only places where you find imported beer, international food items, jewelry, furniture AND housewares all in one. This place has it all. It’s kind of like Target in the sense that you will go in there for one jar of salsa and will walk around that bitch for an hour and leave with a cart full of things you probably don’t even really need. No seriously. I have actually gone in for a jar of salsa and walked out with sriracha pretzels, green tea flavored kit-kat’s, wine glasses, beer, an assortment of mason jars (just in case), and rose lemonade. That’s right. No salsa. Just a bunch of random s***.
Now back to that rose lemonade. One of the things I love (and kind of hate) about World Market is that right when you think you’ve escaped with only the items you need (sarcasm) and you’re in the checkout line, you turn around and you notice these strategically placed coolers with all of these soft drinks from around the world. And even some rare local beverages. So…naturally, I start grabbing a bunch of bottles. I figure I can craft a cocktail with them at some point. One of the bottles I picked up was Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade from England. I thought it would go perfectly with gin because, well…what doesn’t go perfectly with gin? And you know what? I was right.
Rose Lemonade & Gin Cocktail
Makes 1 drink
1 – 1 ½ oz. Hendrick’s gin
- 3 – 4 oz. Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- Lime slices for garnish
Add gin and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Add more of less gin and lime to suit your taste. Shake and strain into a glass. Top off with rose lemonade and garnish with a slice of lime. If it’s not sweet enough you could add an ounce or so of simple syrup. I think the lemonade alone adds enough sweetness but I’m also not crazy about overly sweet cocktails soooo…there’s that.
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