Gin & Sin, Cocktail

The Gin & Sin seems to be a cocktail with little standardisation. Unlike the Negroni, which has a fixed and unwavering formula, a consensus on the proportions of the Gin & Sin seems to as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel. Even the ingredients vary by source.

Anyway, this is what I went with…

Gin & Sin

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine

Method: Bang it all in a cocktail-shaker, with ice, and give it a shake. Strain into a martini glass, or over ice to serve.

This is probably more grenadine-heavy than the majority of recipes, but I made a bottle of home-made grenadine some time back and find little use for it, so I thought I would go with the heavier option.

I made this with Martin Miller’s Gin and the resulting drink is intense in flavour and absolutely silky. I used a good deal of Gum Arabic in my grenadine, so it gives a great mouth-feel and Martin Millers is a silky smooth gin. The citrus intensity is balanced by the sweetness of the grenadine and underpinned nicely by subtle hints of pomegranate¬†and rose.¬†The gin gives it just enough back-bone to string it all together – I would like to see what this tastes like with something like Tanqueray.

This is a pretty simple and effective cocktail; well worth trying.


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