We are currently soaking up the sun in St. Thomas as this post goes live. Man isn’t technology great? Don’t even have to push the buttons anymore… God am I lazy. Meh but we are hopefully enjoying the wonderful Caribbean. Nicole has never been down to the Caribbean and I hope that she will have a great time.
I had the opportunity to spend some time down there. We had a family vacation (similar to the one were currently are on) and I also sailed from Maine to Puerto Rico. During this trip I fell in love with a soda called Ting. It’s awesome if you can get your hands on it. We chose to not put any Ting into this cocktail because we weren’t sure how easily the rest of the world would be able to get it. I can find in a niche supermarket and wholesale but never at your general supermarket. So keep your eyes peeled and you might see it. Keeping the rarity of this soda in mind, we tried our best to recreate the flavor of the soda. So we grabbed some grapefruits, club and simple syrup and went to work. A couple of cocktails later we were sure we nailed it. Out of gin and with a solid ratio we were happy. We were still riding out all the citrus we bought and juiced from our previous post. Side note, I forgotten how delicious fresh juice tasted. We should get a juicer.
As I’m writing this in Philadelphia, where there is snow in the ground, this vacation cannot come fast enough. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy my work, but I’ve been working non stop for a while now and Nicole has been working six days for, I don’t know how long. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my Ting soda and share it with everyone. Plus my family is pretty cool, so I don’t mind hanging out with them.
I suppose you can use rum instead of gin in this cocktail with something like ginger beer to make it more regional. That’s a fair substitution. They do make rum down there after all. Perhaps I’ll bring up a bottle of black strap rum and if that’s the case expect a dark and stormy cocktail soon. In the mean time enjoy some Pennsylvania gin. It’s the gin we go for when even we need it. It’s herbal and piney and very nice to mix with and drink on its own, not to mention it’s a reasonable price.
The Gin TingPrint This
- 2 oz Gin
- 1 oz Grapefruit Simple Syrup*
- 3 oz Grapefruit Juice (Squeeze it yourself!)
- 3 Mint Leaves
- Club Soda
*To make the grapefruit simple syrup, add one cup of sugar and one cup of water with the zest of one grapefruit to a saucepan. Cook until the sugar dissolves. Take off heat and let cool.
Add gin, syrup, grapefruit juice and mint to a 16 oz glass. Stir. Fill the rest of the glass up with ice. Top off with club soda. Gently stir and enjoy!
We will be updating you all with in the next week or so after our trip. Hopefully with lots of pictures of fishes and tropical fruit or whatever they have down there. I think there is a smoothie stand that my family keeps talking about somewhere on the island. It’s been so long I can barely remember what is down there. Hopefully lots of adventures to talk about next week. We will see you then.
Here we are having the Gin-Ting in St. Thomas. We are having an amazing time!