Knock Your Socks off with Bulldog

April 7, 2016
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In case you think you’re going crazy, don’t worry, you’re not. It is April 7th and yes, we did have freezing rain last night. While you were probably being normal this past Sunday, the two of us were whipping up fresh, spring-y posts for the month, while outside, Mother Nature littered the ground with that gawd awful white stuff…yet again.

But I’m here to tell you that it’s going to be okay. I checked the 14 day weather trend and it looks extremely promising. Don’t be that guy and point out that the Weatherman is typically wrong- let me ride this optimistic high, okay?

With spring actually on its way, we did some serious “study hall” time debating over which gin was best served with warmer weather on the horizon.

We took Bulldog for a walk (see what we did there?), and it was an obvious “duh.” Relatively new to the game, this puppy has been on the market since 2007, and making a mark ever since. It’s probably because founder Anshuman Vohra started pushing the boundaries of gin right from the get go. While typical gins (not naming any names here) are comprised of 5-10 botanicals, Anshuman sought out a distiller who was up for a challenge and arrived at a perfectly balanced gin that encompasses 12 botanicals! In case you’re wondering, that’s pretty crazy in gin talk.

So unless you don’t like things that taste like magic and the sound of “Dragon’s Eye” botanical has you running the other way, we’ll applaud you if you spend your lunch break running to the LCBO to snag a bottle of this liquid perfection. After all, it’s in the name of spring!

Knock Your Socks Off

A cocktail so good it'll knock your socks right off..and keep em off!

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What y’all need

  • 1 oz gin (we used Bulldog, obvs)
  • .5 Contrieu
  • .5 simple syrup
  • .5 oz lemon
  • 1 oz blood orange
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger or 1oz shot glass
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Small Sieve
  • Ice

To get started with this ankle teaser cocktail, squeeze the juice of a blood orange, measure out an ounce, and toss it into your cocktail shaker.

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Next, squeeze about half a juicy lemon to measure out .5 oz. Add that to your cocktail shaker as well.

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Measure out 1oz gin, .5oz Contrieu, and .5oz simple syrup, and toss ’em all into your shaker.

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Top your shaker with ice, the lid (please don’t forget this step), and then shake, shake, shake!

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Fill your glass with ice, place a the Hawthorne Strainer over your shaker, and in your opposite hand hold the sieve, then pour carefully over your glass. Once the glass is filled add a few dashes of your most aromatic bitters.

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Carefully cut a thin slice of blood orange and place it on top. Tada! Beware of your socks, they’re bound to fall off!

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….andddd if you’re making this cocktail with your best bud, be sure to double up on the straws so you can drink it a la Lady and the Tramp.

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Dubbed as the Tipsy Teachers, we ask the questions we were once too afraid to ask; what’s the difference between ales and lagers? Shaken and stirred? Do bitters make your drink bitter? Wait… you’re supposed to sip tequila? What’s on tap and what does draught even mean?

Before starting out on this boozy adventure, we found ourselves ordering the same drink all the time and came to the conclusion that there’s more to life than a vodka cran. Now we’re on a mission to learn all things alcohol and share our new knowledge with our readers!

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