A Drink To Take The Heat Off

When the temperature dares to climb into the upper 90s, there are very few remedies that come to mind, for dealing with such painstakingly annoying heat.  Running through sprinklers, eating popsicles and drinking refreshing cocktails like this one come to mind.   Inspired by a marvelous concoction I had at the amazing Poole’s Downtown Diner, in Raleigh, called “She’s the Fastest,” – this cocktail has become my new favorite for summer.

It’s made with gin, pink grapefruit juice, St. Germain’s Elderflower Liqueur and a splash of tonic.  Essentially, it’s a fun spin on a gin and tonic.  The grapefruit juice provides a bittersweet, incredibly refreshing punch to the drink, while the elderflower liqueur is much like a simple syrup with class.  It conjures a unique lightly sweet floral note that compliments both the gin and the grapefruit flavors nicely.

“She’s the Fastest”inspired by Poole’s Downtown Diner, located at 426 South McDowell St., Raleigh, N.C.

  • 1 shot of gin (I use Tanqueray)
  • 1 shot of St. Germain’s Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 shot of  pink grapefruit juice
  • A splash of tonic.

Combine gin, liqueur, juice and ice in a shaker and shake vigorously.  Strain.  Serve with a splash of tonic and a garnish of grapefruit segment.

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