Paul over at Cocktail Chronicles has been organizing a monthly online cocktail event he calls Mixology Mondays, and this Mixology Monday calls for a good gateway cocktail.
The ladies at Lupec Boston has come up with this question: â€œThis event was inspired by a chance encounter I had with an almost-famous Christian rock musician who, at age 32, had never had a cocktail. â€˜Iâ€™d like to try one sometime,â€™ he said, â€˜What do you think I should have?â€™
A good question..which got me to think about some old days…thank you for hosting this MxMo which challenges us to find a suitable cocktail for the first cocktail experience.
This has to be a drink that really is a cocktail but not too strong, it shouldn`t scare off but rather be a pleasant experience, it needs to have flavors, this compelled me to go through a few of my cocktail books at first. Finally i made a passionfruit mojito but nah…it became quite boring…
Here we need something better! something more tasty and preferable light. Going back in time to my own first cocktail experiences, i remember a cocktail that i still feel nostalgic about when i think about it and which, i think is a perfect new-beginner cocktail, namely the old Tom Collins. This is pure nostalgia!
Its a very simple recipe, gin, lemon juice, superfine sugar, club soda. But i wanted something more to it this time, so i decided to add some fresh ginger and a hint of cardamom to give it a bit of spicy freshness.
TOM SPICY GINGER COLLINS
2 ounces gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 thin slice fresh ginger
1 green cardamom pod
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
2 ounces soda water.
Muddle ginger, cardamom and sugar in shaker, add the rest of ingredients except club soda and shake with ice. Strain into aÂ collins glass filled with ice and top with club soda.
Garnish with orange slices and cherry.