Recipe | "Hendrix's Sweet Cocktail" Shared by Alicia

This was first served to me at our good friends Taylor & Marsha Hendrix's house, and since it has Hendrick's gin in it, I thought the title was fitting. The recipe is similar to a gin and tonic, but much sweeter, almost like a margarita when all is said and done.

Generally speaking, I'm a "frilly drink" kind of girl, and was a bit skeptical about the "gin" part. My only memory of gin (before I tried this drink) was cheap gin from college, so let's just say...ewwww...but Hendrick's gin has a sweet, round, floral taste which makes it pair nicely with lime...or cucumber as it's commonly garnished with. It's about $40 a bottle, but totally worth it!

This cocktail also has light agave nectar in it. If you haven't ever used agave nectar, it's similar to maple syrup, in that, the darker the "grade" the richer the taste. So for this cocktail, I prefer the lightest agave nectar variety, that resembles traditional simple syrup. The darker grades resemble honey in taste.

Then why the agave at all, you ask? Agave nectar is generally regarded as better for you than processed white sugar. It comes from the agave plant, and compared to white sugar has a lower glycemic index. For me, the health bonuses are great, but it's easy to squirt the bottle into my glass, rather than have simple syrup made and cooled on hand. It's not cheap, but you don't need much.

There are a few variations, but here's what has become my 'go to' cocktail! Recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  • The Juice of 1 Lime (Yep, I like a lot of lime)
  • 1 Shot of Hendrick's Gin
  • 1 Tbsp. Light Agave Nectar, Add more if you prefer a sweeter taste
  • 1 Cup (or enough to top off your glass) Tonic Water or Topo Chico Sparkling Water
  • Lots of Ice


Directions:

In a glass, combine the agave nectar, the gin, and lime juice. Mix really well, so that the heavy agave nectar is evenly distributed. Top off the glass with tonic water or Topo Chico water. Garnish with a lime.

Cheers!...Ahhhhhhh!

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