13 July 2014

{cocktail} Gin Genie

Does this cocktail packs a punch or what?!?

I'm so glad it turned out so well as I was more than dubious it would when I first decided on trying my luck with this.

I love a cocktail. But when out and about I always seem to pick the wrong one. Too sweet, too bitter, too strong, too something something. I can get disappointing.

Things are much easier (or dangerous) when you decide to be your own barmanwoman.

This really is a variation on the classic G&T. But it's pink. And a little fruity, which balances out the bitterness. And I get to use my ice cream machine to make the grapefruit and gin sorbet.

This really is the perfect drink to share with friends, sitting in the sun, having a chatter. Although I had two of these by my lonesome and they still rock. Hence why this cocktail was baptised with some Bowie-spiration.

Gin Genie Cocktail

makes 4 to 6 cocktails - so make a double batch if you expect company!

150 g caster sugar
300 ml water
500 ml pink or red grapefruit juice (I use juice from a carton)
4 tablespoon of gin
Indian tonic water

Put the sugar and the water in a pan and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a rapid boil for around 5 minutes until the liquid looks syrupy.

Leave to cool for 15 minutes or so and then add the grapefruit juice.

Put in the fridge for 30 minutes, then stir the gin in. I only use 4 tablespoon as using more would make the sorbet not 'set' properly. You can alway add more later on whilst mixing the cocktails, this is certainly what I do.

Tip the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturers instructions.

Scoop a portion of sorbet into a glass and top with indian tonic (and more gin if you want too) and decorate with a sprig of mint. Let the sorbet melt a little, becoming a little like slush in consistency.

So refreshing.

Didn't take long before I got my paws on this little beauty!

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