Last week’s recipe for Pickled Fig and Ricotta Tartines by photographer Leela Cyd is followed this week by her favorite pick-me-up cocktail, the Gin Swizzle. It is her take on the traditional one, which uses bitters. Leela says this is a perfect cocktail for any occasion, particularly because the ingredients required are always on hand. I’m inclined to agree because life has given me a bowl of about 25 lemons that I need to turn into something fantastic! — Kristina
About Leela: Leela Cyd is a photographer and storyteller based in Portland, Oregon. She shoots food, culture, interiors and people for media outlets such as Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, the New York Times and Kinfolk. Leela also authors her own award-winning blog, Tea Cup Tea, on tea, gatherings, travel, little snacks and friendship. She uses photography as a means to explore the world, connect with others, share stories and play with pretty vessels and tasty food. Leela co-hosts a photography workshop each year in Italy; this year it will be held in May in Florence. For more information on the workshop, visit Italian Fix.
See Leela’s recipe after the jump . . .
- 1 ounce lemon juice (or lime is nice, too)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 ounces gin
- 3 ounces bubbly water
In a pretty glass, stir together the lemon juice and sugar. Add gin, bubbly water and ice to the lemon/sugar mixture and adjust to taste (more gin, lemon or sugar, whichever you like!).
I love my easy peasy version of the Gin Swizzle (tradition calls for bitters, but I’m not crazy about this ingredient) because I usually have all the ingredients on hand, and the cocktail always tastes refreshing, a little mischievous and elegant. I could see sipping this Swizzle lazing about on a golden brocade couch with characters from an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel in between glasses of champagne while on a break from dancing. There’s a classic quality to the Swizzle, and it’s so immediate! I love how a great cocktail can signify both a special occasion and the polar opposite: pulling yourself out of a rather blaah day by indulging in some bubbles and booze.