Wednesday, June 23, 2010

the colonial

Looks refreshing, right? 

My friend Mike (of Paloma fame) loves to make cocktails, so I love to invite him over for get-togethers. He brought this lovely pink concoction to our Prospect Park picnic the other week. (Another reason I like Mike is that he thought ahead and pre-batched it in a plastic pitcher, so we could make it past the park gates.) It's a pleasingly tart mixture of grapefruit and lime juice, honey simple syrup, bitters, and gin. "It's practically a health drink," as he likes to say. I'll just say that it goes down pretty easy. And look at that, it matches my nail polish, too.

Mike calls this drink the Colonial, and I believe it's a riff on the original Colonial cocktail, which also involves maraschino liquor and bizarrely, an olive. I'll stick to Mike's version, thanks.

Colonial cocktail
(Makes 1 drink)
1/2 grapefruit, juiced (red or white)
1/2 lime, juiced 
1 generous Tbsp. honey or honey simple syrup
Half a dozen dashes of bitters
1 3-4 oz. shot gin

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake until combined. Pour into a Martini glass (or plastic cup) over ice.


Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes said...

This looks so delicious and refreshing. Anything with grapefruit wins me over. I've never really used bitters, though - and for whatever reason it kind of scares me! xxSAS

Lisa said...

Sarah: Don't fear the bitters! They really help unite all of the different elements of a cocktail. There are tons of flavored varieties out there as well, which are fun for experimenting.

Daniel said...

Mike, why the name Colonial? Did Ben Franklin invent this drink?


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