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Tonights Cocktail: The Gin Fizz

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1.5 oz london dry gin (I used Tanqueray)

1 oz fresh lemon juice

.75 oz simple syrup

egg white

shake ingredients in a mixing tin with a little bit of ice

splash a little club soda in the bottom of your glass (DON’T SHAKE WITH THE REST OF THE DRINK. or do, it’ll be hilarious

strain into a highball over ice or a martini glass like I did. The former is the traditional way to prepare this classic cocktail.

Garnish with a lemon twist

The person I made this for tonight was someone who wanted a unique martini that wasn’t too sweet. I think that this was a good choice. The guys who order them come in about once a week to have a few of my Shipwrecks or Irish Trashcans. These are the type guys who have ordered a drink by saying “I don’t know surprise me” So after pulling 100 different drinks out of my ass they finally found 3 or 4 that they drink usually in the same order every Thursday. These guys are college kids, I think they turned 21 recently. They talk about playing golf and smoking weed. Total fratbros, but pretty entertaining nonetheless.

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Tonights Cocktail, The Zaya Shipwreck

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This cocktail has been made many different ways online, most of which contain Malibu or Kraken rum and Jack Daniels or some other whiskey or bourbon, but here is my personal recipe.

1 oz Zaya Aged Rum

1 oz Bulliet Bourbon

.75 oz fresh Lime Juice

.75 oz Simple Syrup

3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

shake all of the ingredients and pour into a highball glass with fresh ice

garnish with a fresh mint sprig

This drink is all about the quality and proportions. Zaya Rum has a noticeable vanilla taste to it, which comes out in the cocktail. You would think that a drink of this caliber would be harsh and hard to drink, but its almost too easy going down. It starts strong and finishes deliciously, with the bitters giving it a hint of spice that pairs very well with the Zaya and the Bulleit bourbon. I would describe the taste as complex and earthy. I found this cocktail on Reddit a few months ago and I took a few liberties to make it my own. It’s been a hit in my bar ever since.