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May 31, 2012

gin mint julep and gin mojito

Filed under: drinks,fruit — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Kristen @ 12:54 pm

Someone’s jumping up a year in age this weekend. And neener neener neener: it’s not me!

I’ve already checked that off my to-do list for 2012, as I do every year about 3 weeks before Jay follows suit.

And every year, during those 3 weeks, I enjoy constantly asking Jay what it feels like to be with an older woman. Sometimes he even humors me with a response other than eye-rolling.

This year, I’m treating him to a round of golf in sunny Napa Valley, followed by a swanky late lunch along the riverside of downtown Napa.

We’ll even be adding an educational component to the trip, as I’ve somehow convinced two engaged friends to roll out of their cozy San Francisco beds and into a car by 6:30 a.m. so we can show them how we do, DINK-style. Or something like that.

(Note: DINK means dual income, no kids. Back in my pre-economic collapse banker days, DINKs were jackpot clients, heavily targeted for multiple financial services and products. These days, bankers see my outstanding law school debt and run the other way.)

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To ease their (and my) pain of getting up so ridiculously early, I’m considering batching a few of these Gin Mint Juleps – or adding club soda to make Gin Mojito-esque cocktails.

Because this year marks number 21 plus 8, I might try to keep things age-appropriate and classy. In other words, I’ll likely serve them up in our Kleen Kanteens. The better to prevent unnecessary sloshing and spilling while we zigzag across the golf course in our carts.

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And then, once all is said and golfed, and drinks and lunch are done, we’ll probably take a nap.

Because that’s what getting up before 5:49 a.m. sunrise and drinking a cocktail midday does to us crotchety 30 minus 1 year-olds.

Gin Mint Julep
Serves 1

10 mint leaves
1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar
2 oz. gin
mint sprig for garnish

In the bottom of an old fashioned glass, muddle mint leaves, lime and lemon juice, and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Add ice and gin, and stir a few times until combined. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Gin Mojito

same ingredients as above
2 to 4 oz. club soda

I’m a bit of a bubble addict. So I sometimes make the drink exactly as above, and add a splash or three of club soda for a mojito-esque version.

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