• Sery Kim

Cheers to the first day of Spring!

PHOTO: My living room this morning around 6:45 am (c) Sery Kim

This morning I woke up to the most brilliant sunrise. The sky looked as if a child took a huge red paintbrush and stroked it across the sky, exquisite! I couldn't help standing and admiring the scene before I went to get a cup of coffee. Ah coffee. The thing I will miss most about living in F1rst Residences is the phenomenal coffee machine!

Once caffeinated I realized today was also the first day of Spring, which is odd to me considering everyone in D.C. is bundled up in their winter gear. Since I am moving today, and moving around A TON, I have been running around the city in shorts -- I am getting the funniest stares! But since I am always looking for a good reason to cheers to the season, here are some great drink ideas from my favorite gin: Hendrick's!

PHOTO: Holiday Hendrick’s & Tonic courtesy of Hendrick's

Holiday Hendrick's & Tonic: As prepared by Erik Andersson, Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador

  • 1 part Hendrick’s Gin

  • 3 parts tonic water

Combine all ingredients in highball glass. Garnish with cranberry and cucumber.

PHOTO: Supersonic Gin & Tonic courtesy of Hendrick's

Supersonic Gin & Tonic: As prepared by Mattias Horseman, Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador

  • 2 parts Hendrick’s Gin

  • 2 parts tonic water

  • 1 part fresh espresso

  • 1 barspoon simple syrup

Combine gin, tonic and simple syrup in a Collins glass. Wait for espresso to chill, or float espresso on top of the cocktail. Garnish with cucumber.

PHOTO: Spanish Style Gin & Tonic courtesy of Hendrick's

Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman’s Tips for Creating a Spanish Style Gin & Tonic

“To me, the Spanish Style G&T is somewhat of a marvelous concoction. Watching Spanish bartenders pour out a hefty dose of gin over a glacial amount of ice in a large balloon glass, execute their signature move of pouring tonic down the spiral of a bar spoon, garnish appropriately and, with a flick of the wrist, the drink is stirred to perfection. The culture in Spain is all about flavor. The garnish is there to help unravel the mystery that can be found in the liquid.”

Try It With:

  • Cucumber, Mint

  • Cucumber, Mint, Rose

  • Cucumber, Mint, Lavender

  • Lavender, Sage, Lemon

  • Cucumber, Dill, Lemon Oil and/or Lemon Thyme,

  • Grapefruit, Mint, Lemon Oil

  • Pineapple, Rose Tea, Maple, Soda

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