It is okay, we can all admit it, a layered drink instantly looks tastier. Now add in gin, and it becomes a combination that cannot be ignored. Created all the way back in the 1920’s, the Gin and Sin cocktail is a classic that is more on the fruity side. Not to mention, most ingredients can be found in local grocery stores and making the gin drink calls for only a few simple steps.
Requiring only 4 ingredients and no actual sins whatsoever, you can find the always trusted gin as the base, two servings of citrus derived from orange and lemon juice. Use fresh squeezed or store bought, it doesn’t really matter who squeezed it, and the sweet addition of grenadine, the balance of sugar and the base of the layering.
Wondering how to layer a cocktail without the colors mixing? The process depends on the density of the liquid. As a rule of thumb, heavy liquids will sink to the bottom, similar liquids will mix together, and light liquids will stay at the top, if poured in correctly.
When adding heavy liquids like liqueurs and syrups, the liquids will automatically move to the bottom no matter how you pour them in. In this instance the grenadine used in the cocktail can be poured in directly and it will not mix in unless stirred together.
When adding light liquids like wine and spirits, the liquid will stay at the top. However, it requires pouring the liquid in slowly and with a barrier. In this case use the back of a bar spoon by holding the spoon horizontally on top of the glass. Pour in the liquid so it touches the spoon first and flows from the spoon onto the drink. This ensures the layers remain clear and do not mix in.
Gin and Sin
- 2 Ounces gin
- 1 Ounce Lemon juice
- 1 Ounce Orange juice
- 1/4 Ounce Grenadine
Into a cocktail shaker add in the ice, gin, lemon juice, and orange juice. Shake well and strain into a glass. Top off with the grenadine, garnish, sip, and enjoy.
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