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Happy Hour: The Lap of Luxury


I'm not exactly sure why, but I don't really drink gin. I rarely make cocktails with gin as the main ingredient and worry that I may in fact be scared of this manly man's liquor. Usually one stays away from a certain type of alcohol because of an unfortunate experience, yet as I look back through my memory recorder, I can not recall any horrid gin-induced hangovers or embarrassing drunken spectacles. My fear is especially irrational because I find myself sipping on my dad's gin and tonics practically every evening.

So it's time I confront gin. I'll do so by giving it a super feminine makeover and mix up a cocktail called the Lap of Luxury. With a name that fabulous, this cocktail that was favored by Audrey Hepburn, is sure to be an interesting taste sensation. For the recipe,


Lap of Luxury
From Plymouth Gin

2 oz. Plymouth gin (I figured go with what the recipe calls for, but you can use a different gin if you'd like)
1 1/4 oz fresh squeeze Pink grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. Elderflower cordial
1 dash of simple syrup (mix equal parts boiling water and sugar)
1 slice of watermelon

  1. To a shaker filled with ice add gin, elderflower cordial,
    watermelon wedge, simple syrup and pink grapefruit juice.
  2. Shake
    vigorously to break up the watermelon.
  3. Strain into a tall glass filled
    with crushed ice. Garnish with a watermelon ball and a slice of lemon.

Makes one cocktail.

Substitute: Black currant or apple liquor for the elderflower cordial.

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