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Citrus Gin Spritzer


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"A zesty and refreshing cocktail that combines the bright flavors of citrus with a bubbly finish, perfect for complementing any meal."

Serves 1 | Prep Time 5 | Cook Time

Why I Love This Recipe

The inspiration for this cocktail is summer nights with my husband Chris on our outdoor balcony. While I'm not allowed to drink right now due to a heart condition, I really enjoy watching my husband discover new libations. I genuinely believe he should open a bar – he has this way of introducing people to wines and whiskeys that they never knew they'd love, and he lights up like a Christmas tree when helping others discover new flavor profiles. This zesty and refreshing Citrus Gin Spritzer captures the essence of those warm evenings, with its bright citrus notes and bubbly finish, making it a delightful addition to any gathering.

Libation Note: Gin, a spirit with a rich history, dates back to the 17th century in the Netherlands, where it was originally created as a medicinal liquor known as "jenever." Its distinct flavor comes from juniper berries, which were believed to have healing properties. By the 18th century, gin had gained immense popularity in England, becoming a staple in British culture.

Gin is known for its versatile and aromatic profile, primarily derived from juniper berries but often enhanced with a variety of botanicals like coriander, citrus peel, angelica root, and more. These botanicals give gin its unique, complex flavors, ranging from floral and herbal to spicy and citrusy.

When it comes to food pairings, gin's diverse flavor profile can enhance a variety of dishes. The bright and zesty notes of citrus-forward gins complement seafood dishes beautifully, while the herbal and floral elements can enhance salads and light appetizers. Gin's subtle spice can also pair well with savory dishes like roasted meats or charcuterie boards, making it a versatile choice for culinary adventures.


Ingredients You'll Need

For the Drink:
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz fresh orange juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- Club soda
- Ice

For Garnish:
- Lemon slices
- Orange slices
- Fresh mint leaves


Directions

In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, orange juice, and simple syrup with ice. Shake well.


Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.


Top off with club soda.


Garnish with lemon and orange slices, and a sprig of fresh mint.


Pairs Well With

This refreshing Citrus Gin Spritzer pairs perfectly with a sunny afternoon on the patio.


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