spring gin cocktail



bring on the weekend!

I’m so sick of icky people.  I have been so disgusted by the sheer number of those types who use their power to inflict harm on others.  Why is it that someone can have that much power?  Ordained by the church, given a badge or license, or better yet you’ve slept your way to the top of your company but that doesn’t give you the right to push others down for your own ill-conceived agendas.  I know there has to be some good in this world.  Can it be that there are more evil, conniving imbeciles out there than honest to goodness people? Maybe I’m looking to hard.

Cheer up, It’s time for a drink.

Thankfully spring has sprung, though in my garden the only things actively growing are weeds and a few of my herbs have sprung up from the dead.  That is what brings the inspiration for this drink. Normally this herb is too tender to survive our winters, but this last was a mild one and it appears to have withstood the cold we did endure.  Pineapple-sage is a member of the mint family with a particularly pineappley scent and flavor.  It should be readily available wherever herbs are sold.  If I can find it in my neck of the woods…


If you have not had the pleasure of sipping a little Hendrick’s Gin, you’d better get out and get some.  It is unlike any gin you’ve had before. Forget the heady juniper scent of a typical London style gin, this one hails from Scotland and is flavored with cucumber and rose petals. Do not let that turn up your nose. It is superbly delightful if I do say so myself.

It is perfect as an aperitif for your soiree.  No soiree?  Well, you still need a little something to sip while you wait for the pizza delivery guy. Do I have to do all the thinking around here?


I dare say the Dowager Countess would think it mighty proper of you to combine this bevvy with a episode or two of Downton Abbey.

: spring gin cocktail

  gin, fresh lemon and pineapple-sage make a delicious spring inspired libation

  • 1 1/2 ounces  Hendrick’s Gin    (1 jigger) (50ml)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice    (1/2 jigger) (25ml)
  • 3/4 ounce pineapple-sage simple syrup*    (1/2 jigger) (25ml)
  • ice
  • lemon wedges for garnish
  1. In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients
  2. Shake, shake, shake ’til you can shake no more
  3. pour into a cocktail glass of choice
  4. garnish with lemon wedges
  5. drink your cares away


* pineapple-sage simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 sprigs of pineapple-sage
  1. Combine water and sugar in a small pot on the stove. Bring to a boil. When the sugar has completely melted remove from heat, add the pineapple sage and let steep for half an hour.
  2. Strain and store in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.

Be sure to check out Hendrick’s website and Curiositorium for drink recipes and other nonsense.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Phil April 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Great photography! I don’t have room for icky people either. There’s been way to much hurting going on lately (even personally), so I’ll raise a glass tonight in honor of this post.

I’m a simple drinker – usually two fingers of Johnny Walker over rocks will do. But I can’t pass up on pineapple-sage simple syrup. These are the things that make mixology so intriguing.

Have a great weekend. Down with the haters!


Kristen April 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Phil, I’ll drink to that! You ARE awesome, have a good one, even if it is two or more fingers of JW on the rocks :) Cheers!


Sophie April 27, 2012 at 3:36 am

georgous & lovely pictures, dear friend! :) What a lovely grown up drink, which I love!
Another must try of yours truly! :) Yum!


Sophie April 27, 2012 at 3:36 am

I also love the new look of your lovely & tasty blog! So clean too! :)


Elaine July 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Kristen, my first visit to your blog and you answer one of my burning questions…What delightful cocktail might I grace with my abundance of pineapple sage? Here in Seattle, our summer is sputtering along, and most of our garden plants have had an excrutiatingly
s-l-o-w start. My pineapple sage seems to be one of my shining stars so far, but I’m not quite sure to do with it all. Thanks for what sounds like a delicious answer to my dilemma!!
Can’t wait to try this out…thanks.
Great job on the photography too…I’ll be back


Amy Jo April 30, 2013 at 8:18 am

I’m loving your photos!


Kristen April 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Thanks Amy Jo!


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