Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 41: Short Squirt and a Long Jacket

Gin Squirt
Two Pineapples and a

For today’s drink we have the Gin Squirt, a mixture of gin, simple syrup, grenadine, and club soda. The drink wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t anything that we would try again.  It had a strong gin flavor which I enjoyed quite a bit more than Mrs. Bottle did.  The next most prevalent flavor was club soda.  Even though my love of carbonation has been well documented, I don’t really care for club soda (more on this in a minute).  There was also a hint of sweetness thanks to the simple syrup.  All the grenadine added was a light pink hue.  The fruit garnish was a nice touch, but it couldn’t elevate the drink past mediocrity.

I thought the Gin Squirt would have been greatly improved by omitting the simple syrup and grenadine and substituting tonic water for club soda.   I would then have a Gin and Tonic, which is delicious, instead of a Gin Squirt, which is not.  The tonic water makes all the difference.  There are plenty of detailed explanations of the differences between club soda and tonic water available with a little searching, but I can boil it down here: Club soda is just carbonated water. Tonic water is club soda with quinine. The quinine not only makes the tonic water taste better than club soda, it also prevents malaria.  You might read things that claim otherwise, but I have been drinking Gin and Tonics for years and I have never contracted malaria. Quod erat demonstrandum.

More fun to say than to drink

This is our first squirt, but it will not be our last.  We will be having a Whiskey Squirt at some point down the road.  The only difference between the two is that the Whiskey Squirt has ginger ale instead of club soda.  Just kidding, it has whiskey instead of gin. I’m looking forward to it because you can’t have too many squirts. It is also fun to say squirt. Squirt squirt squirt.

Overall Rating for the Gin Squirt

Taste: 3
Presentation: 4
Ease of Preparation: 3 – Tricky Garnish
Drinks Until Blackout: 9 – 11% alcohol


1.5 oz Gin
1 tbsp Simple Syrup
1 tsp Grenadine
Club Soda (fill)

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