Monday, December 07, 2009
One of my 2009 new year's resolutions was to find my signature cocktail. I haven't done a very good job. I have found lots of cocktails I like -- anything summery with fresh mint and lots of lime juice springs to mind -- and discovered a deep love for Cognac.
But I have yet to find the sort of cocktail that I can order in any situation -- fancy bar, dive bar, airport bar, and be happy with what is delivered. Indeed, I am picky. I don't want my signature cocktail to be too girly (no cosmos), and try as I might, I can't stomach a martini, no matter if it is made with gin, vodka, or lots and lots of olive juice. And did I mention that my signature cocktail has to be easy to make and identifiable to even the thickest of bartenders? This means no Greyhounds, Bourbon Planners, or Sparkletinis for me.
Really, a nice glass of champagne does me right nearly any evening. But not every bar out there offers a nice glass of champagne. Hence, my need for a signature cocktail.
The other night, facing my cocktail conundrum yet again, I ordered a Gin and Tonic. I was delivered a smooth, not too juniper-y drink with just the right amount of lime. It was delicious. I remembered I like gin and tonics, I just don't like gin and tonics that are so light on the tonic that they might more aptly be called "gin with a twist of lime."
Could the slightly boring yet vaguely elegant gin and tonic be my signature cocktail? I was hoping for something slightly more exciting, but a girl can't have everything she wants, can she?