Make a Tanqueray 10
When warm weather is upon us, we dream of getting away to a tropical island to soak up the beautiful sun on a relaxing vacation. While you might not be able to get away for an exotic holiday right now, you can bring a taste of the tropics to a summer party with a refreshing citrus cocktail. Elayne Duff, a mixologist from Pottery Barn, explains how to make a delicious Tanqueray 10 Citrus Punch that is ideal for brunch, a pool party or any other summer get-together you plan to host.
Tanqueray No. 10 gin is one of Elayne's favorite spirits for making cocktails because of its crisp citrus essence that blends undertones of grapefruit and chamomile; the flavorful combination makes it a refreshing choice for a summer cocktail. This Tanqueray 10 Citrus Punch really enhances the flavor of the gin and highlights its citrusy undertones to create a taste that is sure to impress your party guests. The cocktail also uses agave nectar to balance out the flavor with a bit of smoky sweetness.
When making any mixed drink, Elayne recommends starting with the least expensive ingredient first and then adding the rest in order. This way, if you make a mistake in the process or accidentally add a bit too much of one ingredient, it’s okay if you need to pour out the drink and start over again. Also, you're likely to have more of the least expensive ingredient on hand, so you don't have to worry about using up as much if needed.
To make this 10 Citrus Punch, you need the following ingredients. These amounts are enough to make one cocktail.
• 1.5 ounces of Tanqueray No. 10 Gin
• 2 ounces of fresh pink grapefruit juice
• 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 ounce of agave nectar
In a shaker, add the agave nectar, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and gin in that order. Fill the shaker with ice and then cover it. Give it a gentle tap to make sure that the lid is closed completely. Turn the container over and shake it for four or five seconds. Remove the lid and place a strainer on top.
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour the cocktail through the strainer and also through a mesh strainer into the glass. When using freshly squeezed citrus juices, it is common for pulp to remain in the mix. The mesh strainer collects all the pulp so you’re left with a smooth cocktail. This drink is great served ice-cold, so be sure to always serve it on the rocks.
Impress your guests by garnishing the drink so it looks fun, colorful and festive. A Cabo cut is an attractive technique for this particular drink. You need a lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange. Roll the citrus fruit on the counter to soften it up, and cut off a thin slice of the fruit right from the side. Squeeze the juice directly into the glass.
Decorate the glass with Cabo cuts of different fruits. Place a cut of each of the different fruits on a toothpick and balance them over the rim of the glass. This adds a pop of color and really highlights the citrus flavor of the drink.
Make your party feel even more like a tropical vacation with island-inspired decor. Pottery Barn has multitudes of ocean-themed items for dressing up your dinner table. Additionally, you can find all of the glassware and utensils you need to serve up beautiful cocktails to all of your guests in our collections.
While you might not be able to fly away to Hawaii or another tropical island this summer, you can definitely bring a piece of the tropics home with you. Celebrate the summer with this refreshing cocktail. These drinks are tasty, so remember to consume responsibly.