*I was sent G’Vine Gin to use in this post. Idea and thoughtful gift giving heart is all mine. This might be the best hostess gift idea ever. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but it’s kind of great. Sure you can bring a bottle of wine, but that is so DONE. You know what I mean? So put a little gin cocktail kit together!
All you need is some mini bottles of gin (or other spirit – or a mix of spirits!) and pair it with some of the cocktail mixers that go well with it. Oh hey, there is basil again (are you SO sick of my infatuation with basil?) And Meyer lemons are crazy yummy. And both go really great with gin.
If you want to give an even better gift, you can also supply the cocktail shaker with the gin cocktail ingredients. But most people have their own already so if you just want to give a little gift, leave it out. Consider providing a recipe so your pal knows what to put in the drink and then they are ready to mix up some cocktails. Just add ice!
Gin is a great base for warm weather cocktails. It has so many herbal nuances that it is really refreshing. I’m not one for a simple gin and tonic but I don’t like things overly sweet either so this basil and Meyer lemon number is perfection! I’m not sure this would be appropriate for an end of the year teacher’s gift but it would probably be much appreciated. This would be awesome for a 21 year old, or someone moving in to a new house. And especially as a hostess gift. Next time you are at your local beverage center, pick up some mini bottles so you can have them on hand in case you need an impromptu gift.
- 2 oz. gin
- 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 oz. simple syrup
- 2 dashes bitters
- 4-5 basil leaves
- Add lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
- Add basil leaves and muddle together.
- Add gin and ice.
- Strain in to a cup over fresh ice.
- Top with 2 dashes of bitters.
Are you a gin cocktail fan? I’m certainly starting to be! Don’t forget to check out this Blood Orange Sorbet Gin Float!
G’Vine Gin is a grape-based gin (instead of the usual grain based) and utilizes it’s aromatic surroundings for creating subtle fruit and floral notes.