Cameron and I have been wanting a Boston shaker for a long time. The size is great because you can mix two drinks at once, having only two pieces makes it easy to clean, and it’s generally just a lot more versatile. If you’re in the market for a cocktail shaker- go with the Boston, it won’t disappoint. We decided on the Williams-Sonoma version available here. It’s somewhat more expensive than a standard shaker, but knowing how much we will use it, and that it will last for years made it a no-brainer.
We decided to ‘christen’ our new shaker by making a gin fizz, per Cameron’s suggestion. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the result is lovely. It’s tart, citrusy, and delicious on a hot summer evening (or afternoon). You probably already have all of the ingredients in your pantry- gin, lemon juice, some seltzer, and sugar, in the form of a fortified simple syrup.
The simple syrup in this recipe is a bit different from the typical one using a 1:1 ratio, and instead uses twice as much sugar as water. When finished it has the consistency of a runny honey. One cup of water and two of sugar will make plenty of syrup that should keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. If you don’t feel like juicing quite a few lemons, definitely go with Nellie and Joe’s Key West lemon juice. It tastes as close to fresh as any I’ve tried, and comes in a large enough bottle to make quite a few drinks. It’s also great to have unhand for cooking.
Now for the cocktail.
• 3 oz gin
• 1 oz lemon juice
• 1 oz fortified simple syrup
• Seltzer to top
1. Pour everything but seltzer into a shaker with ice.
2. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass. Top with seltzer, and garnish with a lemon wheel.
This is a great cocktail for the summer. It’s a bit like an adult lemonade, and drinks easily, in fact almost too easily. The seltzer adds a nice fizz that feels a bit festive, and makes even a weeknight feel a bit like a celebration.