Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Wolfhound

I forgot how I came across this recipe but it's fun and worth repeating - if not the identical recipe, the method of adding baking soda to carbonate a drink.  

The recipe comes courtesy of Good Booze, one of the many food & drink blogs I now follow.      

The Wolfhound is your everyday Greyhound (vodka + grapefruit juice) jazzed up with the substitution of gin for vodka.  The gin adds more complexity to the drink and it pairs nicely with the fresh grapefruit fruit juice.  

You can stop here and call it a day but since we cocktail nerds are into balanced drinks, the inclusion of simple simple, honey or agave are more than welcome additions to elevate the drink from being a standard club drink.

Now to kick it up another notch, add a scant 1/8 of a teaspoon of baking soda and it's on!  Here's the recipe as I made it.  Cheers!

The Wolfhound

4 ounces freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
2 ounces gin
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Take the first 3 ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.  Strain it into a double old fashioned glass filled halfway with fresh ice cubes.  Add the baking soda and stir the drink quickly so that it dissolves and the drink becomes fizzy.  The carbonation won't last too long, so drink up.   

 Sodium Bicarbonate + Acid = Carbon Dioxide (bubbles!).  This is as molecular as I'm ever gonna get. 

Yes, Baking Soda.  Who knew!?

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