The B-Side Hit is a lower alcohol perfect for summer cocktail!
The hubs went out of town this past weekend for his 40th band reunion. No, I didn’t go. I joked that there wasn’t enough alcohol in the world to make me want to listen to 40 year old band stories by people I’ve never met before. So, I stayed home and had popcorn for dinner. I know, I’m wild like that. I also made this cocktail.
I was looking around for a cocktail to make. This was my chance to make something girly. Maybe pink. Maybe with sparkles. I picked up the latest Imbibe magazine and there on the cover were the words Summer Drinks and this cocktail. I flipped to that section and the whole article was on lower in alcohol drinks! Perfect for me, since I am such a lightweight when it comes to alcohol.
I was immediately drawn to the B-Side Hit. First all because they included an explanation of what the B-Side of a record was. Oh, how I miss those days. I always found such gems on the B-Side. Secondly, I loved the bright sprig of mint. I have mint, lots of mint. Any recipe that uses some of my mint is my new favorite recipe.
Not only did it mint, but it also contained gin – my liquor of choice. Then it threw me for a loop, it also had sherry in it! What? Sherry? I was all about that. I love the deep, sweet old fashioned taste of sherry. But sherry…in a cocktail…with gin…? Yes. Don’t be a doubter. This was wonderful. The citrus from the lemons and limes brightened the sweetness of the sherry. So good. I might have made me a second one. What?? It’s lower in alcohol!
This recipe is from Imbibe Magazine and courtesy of Gracy Ramirez from Dominick’s in Los Angeles. The only thing I changed was that I used Thyme Simple Syrup because I thought it would pair nicely with the sherry. It did.
- 1 1/2 oz fino sherry
- 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup (1:1)
- 2 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 oz seltzer
- Lemon and lime wheels for garnish
- Combine the sherry, gin, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, two mint leaves and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and then strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Top with the seltzer and garnish with the mint and lemon and lime wheels.
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