This month's Mixology Monday, hosted by Spirited Remix, challenges participants to describe the "best drink you've ever created," one that you have been tweaking over time. After some thought, the drink that of late I've been fiddling with the most with pretty good outcomes uses Jasmine Cocktail as the starting point. The Jasmine combines gin, Campari, Cointreau, and lemon juice to create a drink that taste startlingly like grapefruit juice. I liked this drink but thought I could take it a little further and make it a bit more complex. I wanted it to be little less about the gin and more about the interplay between the Cointreau and the Campari so I increased their amounts a bit. I then substituted lime for lemon to make it little mellower and less tart. Finally, mostly for scent purposes, I added a bit of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueor and a twisted lime peal. The result is the Calm Seas.
1/2 ounce of Campari
1/2 ounce of Cointreau
1 1/2 ounces of gin (Plymouth)
3/4 ounce of lime juice
1 teaspoon of elderflower liqueor (St. Germain)
Place ingredients and ice in a shaker, shake well, and poor into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime peal.
I'm pretty pleased with the drink. I think it maintains the grapefruit taste of the Jasmine to an extent but adds some complexity and subtlety. My wife tends to shy away from drinks this tart (including the original Jasmine) so for her I've added about 1.5 teaspoons of simple syrup. I might in the future try using an edgier gin than Plymouth, which pretty much plays nice with everything. Specifically, I might try using genever (Holland) gin or Bombay Sapphire, which would add a spicey element.