Ginness, Cocktail

Okay, this is an odd one. I found out about Ginness from this, well,rather eclectic blog. Have a look; there is all manner of stuff there: http://havingapoo.blogspot.com/

The premise behind the Ginness is a simple one; take half a pint of Guinness and add to it a Gin & Tonic. Not to be put off by the prejudice of unconventionality, I decided to put on a brave face and give it a go.

Here is the recipe, straight from its inventor…

Ingredients:
• 4 ice cubes
• 2 oz Hendricks gin
• 4 oz Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water
• 10 oz Guinness Original Stout
• Lime wedge for garnish

Preparation method

1. Gently pour Guinness into a straight pint glass.
2. Place the ice cubes in a tall, narrow glass.
3. Add the Hendricks and the tonic water onto the ice cubes.
4. Stir gin mixture well with a long spoon.
5. Upend gin into the pint glass with the Guinness.
6. Garnish with lime wedge and serve immediately.
7. Rinse and repeat.

This wasn’t the abomination that I initially thought it might be. The inherent bitterness of the Guinness blends well with the natural bitterness of the G&T, but the freshness and cleanliness also lift the Guinness to less cloying, lighter heights. The citrus and quinine cut through the heavy stout, cleaning the palate as one drinks. Personally, I would like to see this served in volumes smaller than a pint as it does get a little heavy toward the end, but the result is a strangely compelling drink.

You might not go back for a second, but at least give it a go.

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5 thoughts on “Ginness, Cocktail

  • February 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm
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    I am curious about this, are you meant to pour the entire contents of the G&T into the pint of guinness or should they be left out to avoid mealting and watering down the mix? Also, must it be Hendrick’s or have you tried it with other gin brands? Any recomendations?

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    • February 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm
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      Yep, tip it all in.

      Use whatever gin you want – I imagine it would be improved with the use of a more flavoursome gin – I am just faithfully replicating the recipe that was passed to me.

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  • July 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm
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    I think this is what Warren Zevon referred to in “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” when he sang “I’m drinking Heartbreak motor oil and Bombay Gin…”

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    • July 12, 2012 at 11:39 pm
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      Ooh, nice spot. It’s great to think that someone may have been a regular drinker of this, so much so that it made it into a song.

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  • February 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm
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    I am not a tonic fan, should have done it with soda instead. The next one will be with soda.

    Beter but not a favorit

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