Pineapple Basil Gin Fix

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by Raul Faria

The Pineapple Basil Gin Fix was my entry into the Broker’s Gin Bowler Cup this year and is based on an old style of cocktail known as a “Fix”. Fixes were essentially sours; spirit, sugar and citrus. Now the fix incorporated fruit into the sour template either with juices or the sugar componenet via flavored syrups. Popular choices of the day were raspberry and pineapple; with the Pineapple Basil Gin Fix I obviously chose the latter. I also added an easy make rosemary syrup and fresh basil to play off the botanicals found in Broker’s Gin. Let’s fix our self up a fix shall we?

1) Lets get our tools together; we will need our Boston shaker, muddler, a citrus press, our Hawthorne strainer, double-strainer, a jigger with a 1 oz and a .5 oz measure and a 10-12 oz rocks or double old fashioned glass. Our shopping list will consist of Broker’s Gin, pineapple juice, sugar, lemons, fresh rosemary and basil. We will also need a measuring cup, a saucepan and a pairing knife for our prep.

2) Begin by getting the prep out of the way-

Rosemary Simple Syrup– add 1 cup of sugar to the saucepan followed by 1 cup of hat water. Next add three large rosemary sprigs (or more if you really want the rosemary to shine) to the pan. Be sure to break up the sprigs a few times to get the infusion party started. Stir until sugar blends in and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a very low simmer. Continue the simmer for about five minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool remove the boiled rosemary and double-strain into a pourable container like a squeeze bottle or mason jar. Add 1 fresh rosemary sprig and store for later use.

3) Start by adding 3-5 basil leaves (depending on size) to our mixing glass portion of the Boston shaker.

4) Lets add .75 oz of fresh lemon juice to our mixing glass. You can either slice the lemon in half and squeeze directly into our jigger or utilize the double-strainer and squeeze the juice into a separate container for later use.

5) Next let’s add .5 oz of our home made rosemary syrup.

6) Now we can add 2 oz of pineapple juice.

7) Time for the star of the show, our 2 oz of Broker’s London Dry Gin. Broker’s London Dry Gin is a classic expression of the style and is distilled in a 200 year old distillery, based on a 200 year old recipe, in copper pot stills, foregoing the modern column still methods of some gins.

8) Add ice to our mixing glass and shake. Double-strain into our chilled, iced 10-12 oz rocks or double old fashioned glass then garnish with a basil sprig. Enjoy!

  

Pineapple Basil Gin Fix– Add basil, 5 oz rosemary syrup, .75 oz lemon juice, muddle contents, add 2 oz Broker’s London Dry Gin, 2 oz pineapple juice, shake, double-strain into chilled, iced 10-12 oz rocks or double old fashioned glass, garnish with a basil sprig.

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