Jumping Ions

Yesterday we covered with Gin & Tonic taste so good together. The science suggests some other pairings, like Strawberry and Coriander. In the interests of science, we explore. For your scientific pleasure, we offer up the Jumping Ions cocktail.

Jumping Ions

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 1/4 oz vermouth
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 strawberry
  • 1 t coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 dash chili powder
  • cilantro garnish

Instructions

  1. Crush the coriander seeds with a mortar/pestel (or use 1/4oz ground coriander). Drop into a cocktail shaker and muddle with 1 strawbery and the chili powder. Drop in crushed ice, gin, vermouth and simple syrup. Shake well, pour into a martini glass. Gently crush a few leaves of cilantro (the plant from which coriander comes) and drop into the glass.
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In my first experiment (without the syrup and chili powder), the drink was slightly bland. Adding the syrup to sweeten and the chili powder to bite.

 

Why does Gin & Tonic Taste so good? Science explains.

Quartz has an interesting article on why Gin & Tonic taste so good together.

Why does gin and tonic taste so good?

Matthew Hartings hates gin. “Something about that flavor doesn’t sit right with me,” writes Hartings, a professor of chemistry at American University. He also hates tonic. “It is too bitter for me. I just don’t understand how people can drink tonic water.” But, if you mix the two, you make one of his favorite drinks: the G&T….

Why does gin and tonic taste so good?

Matthew Hartings hates gin. “Something about that flavor doesn’t sit right with me,” writes Hartings, a professor of chemistry at American University. He also hates tonic. “It is too bitter for me. I just don’t understand how people can drink tonic water.” But, if you mix the two, you make one of his favorite drinks: the G&T….

 

Short answer: chemistry. The chemistry is beyond me but my son explains it as hydrophobic vs hydrophilic, or, as my wife says, “jumping ions”. Which come to think of it would be a good name for a cocktail!

They suggest some other pairings based on similar chemical situations: oysters and white wine, meat and chocolate (Molé anyone?). And the two interesting ones to me, pineapple and blue cheese, and strawberry and coriander. Those last two might work in a cocktail…..

 

The Hemingway Daquiri

In honor of the release of Papa Hemingway in Cuba, a movie about Hemingway’s time in Cuba, we bring you the Hemingway Daiquiri. Not the frozen slushy part mix, the real deal.

The Hemingway Daquiri

Ingredients

  • 2 oz white rum (Havana Club if you got it)
  • 3/4 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup 1:1
  • Garnish with a grapefruit twist

Instructions

  1. Shake all ingredients except the garnish and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
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