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The Taste of Cool Gets Hot For V-Day

Jeremy, my co-author of The Best Craft Cocktails and I created this super simple cocktail, The Taste of Cool to offer gin drinkers something solid, but with aromatic prowess to avoid gin boredom. So many gins taste the same, Hendrick’s is not like the others- it’s a touch perfumey and very astringent like a consistent gin should be. You can tell it’s been infused with Bulgarian rose and while you may not note cucumber, you notice something different sipping it.

I’ve had a lot of fun soaking herbs and spices in this gin to change it up a bit more- I did a coriander, celery and yellow curry infusion which made the most curiously satisfying compliment to paneer and, have poached many a white fish with this combo.

The Taste of Cool is a simple gin and soda, but topped with lemon verbena hydrosol. It’s intense and brings out the astringent quality. I was asked by a friend wanting to please his gin drinking girlfriend what could be added to make it sensational- “gin, it’s all she drinks, and I want a V-Day version to get hot.”

Here goes… Cool Gets Hot

Yields 1 cocktail

What You’ll Need

  • 2 rounds of sliced cucumber, 1 set aside for garnish
  • Essential oil blend {see below}
  • 3 oz Hendrick’s
  • 1/4 oz soda water {or more if you like}
  • 1 thinly sliced cucumber skin for garnish

V-Day Oil Blend {or basically for any time you want to “jazz” up that libido}

A few ways to do this. Grab the oils separately, blend and spray into/onto cocktails or opt for my fave hydrosols by Mountain Rose Herbs and blend them together. Know that this is a “hot” blend, so if you use the essential oils, be sure to dilute in water or alcohol rather than using directly. You can grab organic essential oils from most health food stores and many regular grocers and pharmacies.

What You’ll Need

  • Rose geranium, neroli orange and cinnamon oil


  • the hydrosols of each {hydrosol = flower water}

Blending Oils

1. In a mixing glass or mason jar pour 2 ounces of organic vodka or water.

2. Add 5 drops of each oil. Cover, shake and pour through a funnel into a 2 oz spray bottle.

3. Taste. Maybe this is intense enough for you, maybe not. If it doesn’t hit your rader, place 3 more drops, still not enough, 2 more. Stop here. That’s enough.

Blending Hydrosols

1. In a mixing glass or mason jar add a little over 1/2 oz each hydrosol. Shake up.

2. Pour into mixing bottle via funnel.

Make The Cocktail 

Muddle 1 round of cucumber with 1 spray of essential oil blend. In a bar tin, add 1 scoop of ice, gin and soda water. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and pour into a bucket over ice. Yes, you heard right, shake the soda water, just be careful taking whatever top you’re using off your tin. Garnish with cucumber slice and skin, spray once more on top of your cocktail refreshing as needed.


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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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