My daughter and I are back from Peru. We had the most epic mother-daughter vacation full of adventure in the amazon jungle and breathtaking views from Machu Picchu. I have to say though, as much as I love trying out new restaurants and new food, I really missed cooking in my kitchen and mixing cocktails with Debbie. Like this one. This raspberry shrub gin fizz is the perfect cocktail to start off with after a Peruvian vacation as its very similar to the Pisco Sours that we learned to love in Peru. Anyways, on to the cocktail…
A gin fizz is just like a gin sour, which we have recently become obsessed with, but with a good splash of soda to make them wonderfully fizzy. Everyone loves a good fizzy drink, yes? We made this one with another obsession of ours, a raspberry shrub made with raspberries, thyme, apple cider vinegar, and cane sugar. The addition of the raspberry shrub just adds another element of flavor to the cocktail. Its got a sweet, tangy and fruity flavor with just a hint of thyme.
To make this gin fizz cocktail, you add all the ingredients except for the club soda into a cocktail shaker, shake well and pour into glasses. Then top with the club soda. Don’t try to shake this puppy with the club soda or all you will get is a giant mess!
I have mentioned it before, but the gin we used for this cocktail is pretty much the only gin that both Debbie and I have liked in ages. Its called “Sin Gin” and its crafted by a local (Vancouver) brewery, Gillespie’s Fine Spirits. Its got a super floral fragrance and you can taste the botanicals its made with like juniper berries and cardamom, but they are not overwhelming. It goes together smashingly with the raspberry shrub! We highly recommend it if you can find it. If not, just use your favorite gin for this cocktail, whatever that might be.
This would be a great brunch or lunch cocktail, sort of reminiscent of a mimosa with that bubbly factor. Its just one of those drinks that you want to sip on while sitting on a garden patio in the sun being served waffles or some other treat. Yes?
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Gin Fizz with Raspberry Shrub
A gin fizz made with lemon and a raspberry shrub that adds a distinct sweet, tangy and fruity flavor to this bubbly cocktail.
RASPBERRY THYME SHRUB
- 2 cups raspberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 big handful of fresh thyme
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz raspberry liqueur
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz raspberry thyme shrub
- 1/2 oz egg white
- 3 - 4 oz club soda
First make the shrub. Add the raspberries, thyme, sugar and vinegar to a medium pot. Heat to just a simmer and cook for about 10 min. Do not boil. Let the mixture cool completely. If you have the time, let the thyme and raspberries sit in the sugar and vinegar liquid for as long as you can. Even up to 2 or 3 days, but you can also use it right away. Strain the shrub and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
To make the cocktail, add the gin, liqueur, lemon, shrub and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Give it a good shake and pour into a short glass. Top with club soda and serve!