Lemongrass Gin Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lemongrass Gin Cocktail

Lemongrass Gin Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Have you ever noticed a trend that you wish you were cool enough for, but you know you just can’t pull it off? I have a secret love of dressy jumpsuits, especially after watching Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman. I just don’t think I could go out in public and have people actually believe that I’m sophisticated enough to be walking around with my pants and my top sewn together. 

Lemongrass Gin Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Another trend I’ve been trying to get into is herbs in cocktails. My problem with trendy cocktails is that I have a serious sweet tooth, and I’m extremely bitter averse. I’ve found a lovely little cocktail with a hint of sweetness and a fresh, earthy herbal hit that doesn’t make you feel like you’re drinking a salad or an incense stick.

This Lemongrass Gin Cocktail also features mint, lime, and ginger in the flavor profile. We make just enough simple syrup for one drink and steep and muddle our herbs in it before adding it to the gin, lime juice, and ginger ale. The best part is that a lemongrass stalk makes the perfect stirring stick to keep all those flavors happily married.

Lemongrass Gin Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If I’m cool enough for herbs in cocktails, what else am I cool enough for? Try something new. It’s easier after you’ve had a drink.

Lemongrass Gin Cocktail
Serves 1
Lightly sweet, fresh, and earthy, this Lemongrass Gin Cocktail is totally cool.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  2. 1 ounce just boiled water
  3. 1 stalk lemongrass, chopped
  4. 2-3 fresh mint leaves
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  6. Ice
  7. 2 ounces gin
  8. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  9. 2 ounces ginger ale
  10. Lemongrass stalk and lime slices, option, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a heatproof mug or measuring cup, add sugar, lemongrass, mint, and ground ginger. Pour your freshly boiled water over this and stir until sugar is dissolved. Use a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon to smash up the herbs in the syrup to help it infuse.
  2. Add ice to your glass and pour in gin and lime juice. Pour your lemongrass syrup through a strainer into your glass, then top up with ginger ale.
  3. Garnish with a lemongrass stalk, lime slices, and a sprig of mint.
Adapted from About Food
Adapted from About Food
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Citrus Gin Fizz | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Citrus Gin Fizz

Citrus Gin Fizz | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We made it, kids. It’s finally Friday. When we started out the week, it felt like Friday was a million years away, but now it’s here, and I’m in it. And guess what kids. I’m making a cocktail.

Drinking gin makes me feel like a grown up for some reason. The first time I tried it, I was in my mid 20’s and with two older friends who I thought were super cool. I did not enjoy the gin at the time, and it made me feel distinctly unsophisticated. So now, when I drink it and actually enjoy it, it’s like I’ve finally left my girlish days behind.

Citrus Gin Fizz | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Of course, we’re still adding some sweetness to this Citrus Gin Fizz with fresh juice, agave syrup, and of course, it can’t be fizz without Club Soda. You can use bottled juice if you like, and certainly go that route if you already have it on hand. That’s what I used the first time around, and it was still awesome. But if you want to really get in to Friday, I suggest buying fresh citrus. Fresh squeeze your juice and add some fruit slices to your glass. It adds to the magic. I promise.

Citrus Gin Fizz | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Fridays only come around once a week. You need to celebrate them. Make yourself a lovely cocktail, and get to living.

Citrus Gin Fizz
Serves 1
Citrus Gin Fizz is sweet and bright and wonderfully sunny.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 ounces gin
  2. 1/2 ounce orange juice
  3. 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  4. 1 ounce agave syrup
  5. Club soda
  6. Orange and lemon slices to garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Stir together gin, juices, and agave syrup. Add ice and top up your glass with club soda. Garnish with orange and lemon slices if you like.
Notes
  1. Fresh squeezed juice is awesome, but bottled is great, too. Do what's easiest for you.
Adapted from My Year in Cocktails by John Cusimano
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