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.