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Order this cool classic at a bar and you’ll likely get a glassful of commercial sour mix, which will give the drink a chemical aftertaste; make it at home with fresh lemon juice and it’s hard to beat.
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The Spirit of Summer
1/4 cup Tanqueray gin or other London dry gin
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. simple syrup
1/2 cup soda water
One orange slice, for garnish
One maraschino or fresh cherry, for garnish
Shake the gin, lemon juice, syrup, and four or five ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Strain over ice into a Collins glass, top with the soda, and stir. Garnish with the orange slice and cherry.
photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 94
, pp. 31
July 1, 2008