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Defeat my Hendricks Gin Drink

Dapuma Jan 18, 2011 09:22 PM

I have played around with this recipe for a bit and now i am always asked to make the drink when friends come over...so i figured i would share and see if anyone else likes this and/or has a better / twist on the recipe

Before posting please actually make the drink and try it

Take 2-3 paper thin sliced cucumbers and put them in the bottom of a rock / old fashion glass

pour a small amount of simple syrup (1:1 ratio) to cover the bottom of the glass and muddle the cucumbers

add ice

Then add 2 oz of Hendrick's Gin
3/4 oz (approx) of St Germain Elderflower liquor
1-2 oz of club soda to taste, start off with 1 oz then add if you feel you need it - add pino first

A splash of pino grigio wine (makes a subtle difference for balance do not skip this part - if you are leaving out the wine i generally increase the club soda)

Lemon Wedge squeezed into the drink and then dropped in, stir gently

sip and enjoy

  1. c
    craigasaurus Jan 19, 2011 10:36 AM

    If you omit the wine and club soda, and muddle the lemon peel instead of squeezing it, you'll have an interesting riff on a classic Old Fashioned. If you need to add a dry wine or club soda for "balance," perhaps you've got too much St. Germain in there. I bet if you cut that back to 1/4 oz, you'll have a perfectly balanced drink that lets the flavors of the Hendricks really shine.

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    1. re: craigasaurus
      invinotheresverde Jan 19, 2011 02:40 PM

      Agreed. St. Germain is powerful stuff and overwhelms almost everything. I'd scale waaaaay back on it, ditch the Pinot Grigio completely (it's virtually flavorless anyhow) and add more lemon.

    2. JMF Jan 22, 2011 07:54 AM

      I'm having trouble understanding what that drink is. I made it and tasted it at every point. I never drink Pinot Grigio much, but someone brought over a few bottles for a dinner party. So I had the ingredients to hand.

      You start off with Hendrick's and add cucumber to bring in more of the cucumber taste and aroma, then add sweetener, and so much St. Germaine that it overpowers it. (Neither the cucumber and St. Germaine are flavors I would mix, and both are very much overplayed the last four years.) Then you add club soda to dilute it, then add a basically tasteless wine to add some acidity to compensate for the dilution, then add a lemon wedge to bring in citrus. I don't see any balance, or where the drink is going. It's sort of a mish-mash of styles, like you just threw stuff in, then added something else, and then something else, because it didn't taste good or balanced, until it finally seemed OK. I didn't care for it, it confused me and didn't have anything that jumped out at me. Leaving the muddled cucumber, and having the lemon in there at the same time was a definite clash, and too much salad in the glass for me. At what point did you use ice? Or was there any?

      Personally I'd start over and think of what you actually want this drink to be. Is it a fizz? A highball? A cooler?

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      1. re: JMF
        invinotheresverde Jan 22, 2011 08:45 AM

        Somehow I missed the muddled cucumbers in the recipe, as well as the simple. I'd nix both as well.

        1. re: JMF
          davis_sq_pro Jan 22, 2011 09:58 AM

          I think you just defeated his Hendrick's gin recipe.

          Isn't Hendrick's, per its marketing, supposed to pair well with cucumber? Perhaps cucumber is overplayed but it does make for a nice summertime highball. A bit of cucumber, a splash of simple, a squeeze or two of citrus, middle, tight strain onto ice w/ the gin, top with soda? Sounds about perfect, approximately six months from now.

          And for the perfect quiet summer afternoon, the Pinot and St Germain can be mixed 50/50 and iced to make wine coolers for the neighborhood kids.

          1. re: davis_sq_pro
            Dapuma Jan 22, 2011 11:44 AM

            it is a refreshing/summer drink, and the directions do say to add ice in it...should be a rock glass full of ice and the st germain can be lowered i suppose, i havent had any complaints but i will try it tomorrow for the football games with .25-.375 oz st germain and see if anyone can tell any difference - being in AZ it is almost always time for a refreshing drink

            always looking to improve the drink will try the suggestions and report back

            1. re: Dapuma
              k
              ksksks Feb 18, 2012 02:33 AM

              1 oz hendricks (for a softer, sweeter drink, or 1.25 to 1.5 if you like a stronger gin flavor)
              1/4oz st germain
              1/8oz elderflower syrup (the thick stuff)
              3-5 drops rosewater
              2 paper thin slices of cucumber
              3-4 regular square ice cubes
              in chilled rock glass.

              swirl/stir for 5-8 seconds to let a tiny bit of ice to melt dissolve into the drink, then savor slowly. as the ice melts it will become more feminine over time so the drink will end on a soft note. (don't let it be too watery, trust your judgement)

              the reasoning behind this:
              1. subtle st germain picks up on the floral notes (hendricks' overall is floral)
              2. elderflower syrup = the same thing + tiny bit of sweetness
              3. rosewater & cucumber slices enhances the gin's rose&cucumber notes to hold up with the elderflower aroma, therefore the overall gin flavor doesn't get overpowered.

              1. re: ksksks
                Dapuma Feb 20, 2012 10:20 AM

                the syrup you are talking about is something like this?

                D'Arbo White Elderflower Fruit Syrup

                Sounds like a tasty drink

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