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GIN OLD FASHIONED for the non-bourbon drinker

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktailsGang, how is it not the weekend yet? Jeesh! I have been crushing hard on this gin twist on the classic Old Fashioned and I cannot wait to share. I had a gin based Old Fashioned at a bar downtown Chicago and was OBSESSED! It’s crazy good & if you are like me and just starting to dip your toes in to the whiskey well, this is a refreshing way to get the flavor without going crazy. So, how do you make it you ask? SIMPLE!

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktails

So the simple, 30-second recipe is this: Grab your gin, tonic, and the Cocktail Crate Old Fashioned mix and voila!

If you don’t know Cocktail Crate, you should. They are honestly the best pre-made mixers around (& no, this isn’t a sponsored post). We have a few on hand at all times and they are always a hit. You just add in your ice, gin, a bit of the mix, and a splash of tonic to make it bubbly & heyo, it’s party time!

For the more living room mixologist friendly recipe, see below. Both are great & I promise, you’ll be obsessed!

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktails

GIN OLD FASHIONED
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Oz Good Quality Gin
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • 2 Sugar cubes
  • Zest of an orange or lemon
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Divide the sugar cubes into 2 glasses.
  2. Saturate with bitters - give it a good couple shakes or so.
  3. Top with 2 shots of gin and muddle until the sugar breaks down and begins to dissolve in the mixture.
  4. Add as much ice as makes you happy and stir for about 45 seconds.
  5. Run the zest of the citrus along the top of each glass. Twist and squeeze to release some oil and drop into the mixture or skewer with blueberries and place on side of the glass.
  6. Bottoms up.

gin old fashioned via lauren kelp | 30 second cocktails

PEACH BASIL GIN & TONIC

gtblog0004HAPPY FRIDAY! Woohoo! How should you celebrate the end to this hectic week? This delicious peach basil gin & tonic of course! I will never tire of a well made gin & tonic. There is something so crisp and delicious about it and this little twist takes this classic to an entirely new level. I mean PEACH and BASIL! Get out!! It’s like the best flavors of summer decided to get together and have a pool party…but the pool is gin…and it’s amazing.

Y’all, this is about to change your summer beverage game for the better. Don’t believe me? Try it and tell me I am wrong! If you don’t like it, pass it our way and we will happily help a sister out 😉

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INGREDIENTS:

- 1 fresh white peach (cut into quarters)
– Fresh basil
– 2 oz Gin (we used St. George Dry Rye and it works beautifully)
– 3 oz Tonic or seltzer

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Place a quartered ripe peach and a few large basil leaves in your shaker.

2. Add a splash of your favorite gin and muddle together.

3. Add 2oz of gin to the shaker and top with crushed ice. Cap and shake vigorously for 15 seconds to chill.

4. Fine strain (or cheese cloth) into a coupe glass and top with 3oz of tonic (or seltzer for a lower calorie treat).

5. Float a basil leaf to garnish and enjoy.

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