Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gin and Dry Juniper Soda - A light and summery cocktail

I used to think that I didn't like gin. What I eventually realised was that gin isn't just one thing, and some gins are absolutely delicious.

The funny thing about my dislike for gin for all those years is that the main flavor in many gins - juniper berries - is something that I like a lot in marinades.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the cocktail is juniper-berry-flavored Dry Soda. The soda isn't dry, that's just the name. It's wet. And fizzy.

I've been a fan of Dry Soda since the very first time I tried it. It's not too sweet, which is great for me - I think most sodas are waaaay too sweet for regular drinking.

Dry is lower in calorie, too, if that's important to you.

The soda is totally clear - so no need to worry about artificial colors - and the flavors are crisp and bright and different. Which means they're ideal for cocktails. I mean, where have you found a juniper berry or a lavender soda before?

Of course they're great for drinking straight, too. I just finished drinking a bottle of their rhubarb flavor, and I'm a huge fan of cucumber. Actually, I like all the flavors I've tried, and I think I've tried them all.

But this time, I decided to use one of them for a cocktail. I hadn't made a gin cocktail for a while, so I decided it was about time.

This is a great cocktail for a hot day. It's light and refreshing and not sweet at all. The lime adds just a little tartness, but if you want more, you can squeeze in a little extra lime juice.

Gin and Juniper Soda

1 ounce Tanqueray 10 gin
1 bottle Dry Juniper Berry soda
1 wedge of lime

Add ice to a glass and pour in the gin and soda. Garnish with a lime wedge - squeeze in as much as you like.

Stir and serve.

I received a selection of Dry soda for my use. I was not required to post.