Sunday, December 11, 2016
So, on to it....
As the second snowfall of the season came down last night, I booted up Netflix on the ol' 60-inch to settle in and watch a movie. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed The Husband rummaging through the growing pile of UPS boxes collecting around the front door. Next thing, he's standing in front of me holding one out.
"Merry Christmas, a little early. I figured you should open this now so you can enjoy it."
I've been saying how much I love coups -- which are all the rage lately on the trendy bar scene. So I was totally stoked when I opened up the box to find a black Waterford box inside. And inside that were two huge lead crystal coups. Strong, deep cuts form a ring of diamonds and rays around the bottom of a massive bowl so big you could serve soup in them. With a smooth base and stem this vessel sits nice and heavy in the hand. All very masculine for cut crystal.
I passed them off to The Husband to rinse out while I sprinted to the bar to leaf through PDT. The only requirement on this bev were the words "serve in a chilled coup glass". The first one I landed on was Southside.
I didn't expect to like this at all. I am not a gin fan and there were not enough other ingredients to mask it. And we all know how The Husband feels about too much citrus in his tipple. But hey, it was all about the coup, so we were prepared to suffer through it. Yet on the first sip we both looked at each other, eyes wide and said in unison, "Wow! This is good!!"
A perfect, smooth, balance of all the ingredients. Truly, liquid satin in a glass.
Then the three ultimate raves from The Husband: "Oh, you're definitely doing this one again. I could drink these all night! Put it on the blog!"
Et voilà! Un autre retour....
2 oz. gin
.75 oz. lemon juice
.75 oz. simple syrup
4 mint leaves
Muddle the syrup with the mint. Then add the rest of the ingredients and shake. Serve with no garnish in chilled coup glass! (PDT suggests double straining, but I like the flecks of mint confetti in the finished product!)