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Dec272012

{skhisandhers} GIN SPARKLER + OLD FASHIONED

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Be it through email, while teaching classes, or during Q+A for some book events, people seem to be curious how I cook and eat with Hugh as our food preferences are a bit different. I can't say I even noticed until strangers started asking. Making two versions of certain foods has become second nature, I know him pretty well, so it doesn't take much extra thought at this point. I made a lentil bolognese yesterday and put mine on a big bed of greens and his on toasted bread with melted cheese... and a mini bed of greens, of course. No need to reinvent the wheel, just tweak it a bit. He likes a sweet breakfast, I prefer savory. He will always choose the burger on a menu, I will always choose a salad. He drinks black coffee, I like a drop of cream. Because others were asking, I started noticing our food preferences and it has transformed into our joke as well as a self-imposed Instagram hashtag - #skhisandhers.

Beer or whiskey are Hugh's drinks of choice. I can't say they're mine, I'm a wine or gin lady myself, so we crafted two drinks that are easy to make individually, or something fun to make with friends as you're ringing in the New Year this weekend. Because gin is an herbal spirit, I wanted something that I could work just a bit of rosemary into. I poked around my favorite sites and remembered Heidi posting a gin cocktail a while back. Found it! It was exactly what I was looking for and her photos are always quick to convince. The cocktail is perfectly sweetened, easy on the eyes, and just the thing in the throws of citrus season when the oranges are sweet and juicy.

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GIN SPARKLER // Makes 1

Recipe from 101Cookbooks

I prefer the slightest wisper of rosemary taste, so I made a small amount of the rosemary syrup, enough for 4ish drinks. If you think you'd like more of that flavor or want the syrup on hand, triple the recipe. Heidi says it keeps for about a week in the fridge. 

  • // rosemary syrup //
  • 1/4 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. rosemary leaves

  • 3 Tbsp. gin
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed and strained blood orange juice
  • 1-2 tsp. rosemary syrup
  • sparkling water, lemon sparkling water or tonic

To make the syrup, put the sugar, water and rosemary leaves in a small pot. Simmer the mixture for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let it infuse about ten more minutes. Strain the mixture and set aside.

Fill a tall glass three quarters of the way with ice cubes. Garnish the insides with thin slices or blood orange or rosemary sprigs if you'd like, just be sure they sit under ice cubes so you're not getting furry rosemary in your mouth. Add the gin, fresh juice, rosemary syrup and top it off with the sparkling water. Add a dash of this or that to your taste and cheers!

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Hi folks. This is Hugh.

Often times I am a creature of habit, and that is certainly the case when it comes to ordering cocktails. The Old Fashioned (bourbon) is my go to. That being said, I've had some really good versions (simple, pure) and some really bad versions (too much bitters, half an orange, mystery mixer filling up the glass), and there are few drinks less enjoyable than a poorly made Old Fashioned... maybe that mason jar of green "juice" Sara brings home every once in a while from the yoga studio in the harbor... I dunno. Anyway.

The version below is based off of an Old Fashioned I had at the Tasting Kitchen, a spot that knows their cocktails. This is a very simple drink, and as with most things you'll find on Sprouted Kitchen this simplicity can shine through using good ingredients. Find some bourbon or rye whiskey that you enjoy, Angostura Bitters, some fresh citrus and you're off to a good start.

OLD FASHIONED // Makes 1 

  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • Angostura Bitters
  • orange
  • lemon
  • ice (I leave a couple ramekin-sized tupperwares filled with water in the freezer for Old Fashioned purposes)
  • 1 1/3 ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey

Add just a pinch of sugar, between an 1/8 and a 1/4 teaspoon. Hit the sugar with two splashes of bitters (the image below looks like more than that, as the bitters had time to bleed around the cup while I reached for the camera, so if you're following along and measuring visually, it shouldn't look like that much). Add orange and lemon peels, about 2 inches each, and muddle with the sugar and bitters. Add the ice and whiskey, and stir thoroughly.

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Reader Comments (42)

These both look delicious! That gin sparkler is reminding me of one of my favorite spring cocktails, the Aperol Spritz which is the same color!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAhu

I love this, both the drink and the second nature of making tweaks- that's something I'm still getting a bit use to. Also, the colors are just wonderful in these photos.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Could SK His & Hers be the next cookbook?? :) I would definitely go for the gin sparkler here, and Andrew loves an old fashioned. Happy New Year to you and Hugh!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Too funny. I am definitely the one with the sweet tooth in our family, but I think over the years, I've transitioned Matt into a baked goods and chocolate lover :) I actually find that I'll often end up eating the richer foods that Matt prefers rather than putting a vegetarian dish on the table for both of us. But, there are many occasions where Matt throws in some sausage, or I get the extra helping of vegetables. As for drinks, I am definitely with you - wine and gin-based cocktails. Let's have one, or both, in 2013! Happy New Year, friend! xo

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

My boyfriend is the same way (ordering off the burger menu while I try something veggie based), but we both like bourbon as any two Texans should. Both of these cocktails look perfect for a New Year's Eve celebration. If only I could get them to look as beautiful as you guys do in the photos...

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I'm a gin girl myself, but I can't say I'd turn down either of these concoctions. Easy on the eyes indeed. No matter what you'll be drinking, here's to a round of happiness in the New Year for all! :)

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthe tasty tRuth

Beautiful shots. I love the colors. I've made Heidi's Gin Sparkler and it's wonderful.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Love the duo of beverages here! I think I'd enjoy both of these very much!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I'll have to say I love both of these cocktails. I was obsessed with Heidi's sparkler earlier this year, and now I'm on a bourbon kick. You've got me thinking about all the different food preferences my boyfriend and I have. He enjoys black coffee and I like a dab of cream and sugar. I always have to have a slice of lemon in my water while he enjoys it lemon-free.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

Love these cocktails. They're going onto my menu!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColette @ JFF!

Heidi's GIn Sparkler is a winner. Great choice of cocktail!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Those photos of the glass from the top are insanely beautiful. Happy 2013!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

Looks yum. I love pics in this post, especially the filled glasses from above. Lovely.
Thank you and Happy New Year!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDena

i'd happily drink BOTH all night long! Have a wonderful NYE!!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertracy

You guys are just like my hubby and I. Chalk and cheese when it comes to eating. But like you I never give it too much thought. These cocktails sounds wonderful and although I'm not much of a drinker myself I always love the grapefruit/rosemary combo. Happy New Years to you both and all the best for 2013 xx

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmma Galloway

I just can't get over how gorgeous these are! My husband and I are the same way: we always like things slightly different from the other. I think it just makes everything more interesting! ;)

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJade Sheldon

1. That gin spritzer looks lovely.

2. Pretty pretty please post the lentil bolognese recipe!! I've been absolutely dying for a good one!! I've tried three different recipes so far and not any of them are up to snuff!

And I love how you write about Hugh. My husband will take anything with extra cheese. Lots of cheese. He'd eat cheesy toast 5x per day. And I love cheese! Just not, erm, THAT much.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

this is so pretty, love

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Franzen

That is one beautiful drink. Cheers!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersusan

Oh these look divine ~ just right for ringing in the new year. If you ever have the chance to try Back River Gin from Union Maine, you must! This is not just local pride speaking: it's a gin for connoisseurs... Cheers!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie

I loved your double post. Will try both drinks! Happy New Year! I'm sure your cookbook will keep you quite busy :)

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSini

Ah yes, I'm another one nodding my head to this. Sometimes I think it would be easier to have his & hers kitchens ;) Saying that, I think I'd have to try both of these cocktails to be able to make an executive decision about my favourite.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

Hugh, I loved the tip on creating big ice cubes! Am having an Old Fashioned as per your post now - tasty!

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

I love the idea of his and hers posts. My husband and I have identical preferences to yours and I would love some dinner ideas that would make both of us happy without making two entirely different meals. Love the cocktail recipes and photos!

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Love the his and hers drinks! Alex and I have similar woes trying to navigate different tastes. I love hearing about the way you've both adapted.

Happy New Year to you both! You are such inspirations to us. Happy 2013!

XO Sonja

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

could you two be any cuter? ;) love you both!

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercourtney leduc

Now that is my kind of sparkly fresh cocktail! Beautiful!

I'm a gin AND a whiskey kind of girl. So, I get to try both! Woo-hoo!

BOTH of these cocktails appeal to me!! Happy New Year!! I'm so thrilled to have discovered SK :) I tell all of my friends & family that I feel your book was written especially for me, as it is exactly how I love to cook & eat. There are days where I wish I could just curl-up inside the pages, or at least hang out in the kitchen with you:) Every recipe is as delicious as it looks.. I am so grateful for both of you!!

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

I second Nicole...an SK His and Hers cookbook would be awesome!!! And I love both drink ideas!

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTori

With roots in Kentucky I am a bourbon girl through and through. My family consumed more bourbon slush this Christmas Eve than I am at liberty to admit. And, although a good ole whiskey sour has captured my drink preference in recent years, I have just discovered that I also enjoy an Old Fashioned. I will be giving your recipe a try this New Year's Eve. Wishing you both a happy and healthy New Year!

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Cocktails have never looked so good!!!! Happy New Year to you both. Can't wait to see how you inspire in the new year. Cheers.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbuckwheattobutter

Ah, such similarity! Not exactly the same, but so much overlap. (: I love it. And I agree with you -- it doesn't seem so difficult to make small variations, like a bit of cheese or extra protein or several pieces of bread for the fellow, alongside an enormous salad to quench my endless desire for heaps and heaps of greens. But I think I'd drink either of these cocktails! Thanks for sharing loveliness and inspiration once again. I'm grateful, and wishing you and Hugh the happiest new year. xoxo

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

I am with you--when me and my boyfriend cook together, we just have to make little tweaks: Spaghetti and meatballs for him, meatballs and salad for me. But like you guys--we both love bourbon drinks. Including old-fashioneds! Great blog.

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I second the request for the lentil bolognese recipe!

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Happy new years, you two. Cheers to 2013!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryne

A house divided. We know that well - although, lately we are both loving us a Manhattan. Maybe that's what happens after nearly 10 years of marriage; you start drinking the same booze. Something to aspire to I guess. hahaha. But don't get us started on tomatoes. Our opinions vary drastically on that subject.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I haven't commented in a long time but this post gave me pause... my husband and I are the exact same way. We were married this summer, and had three cocktails: one that was "mine" one that was "his" and one for everyone else. Mine was a rosemary thyme gin sparkler, and his was an old fashioned. So, great minds?

January 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnni

That really looks delicious. Love the "how-to" presentation you have on the blog and the beautiful pictures. I really need to bookmark this page. :)

/Ulrica

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterUlrica

Trust a bartender to ask, but where is your glassware from? It looks so beautiful and thin!

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

@Amy - so delicate but I love it :) I've broken half of them already. They are from Cb2.

March 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

Thanks for posting this; I've been searching for a new way to enjoy my liquor of choice, gin! Anything with the word "Sparkler" usually entices me anyway, so I'm sure I'll be hooked once I give it a shot.

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

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