I love eating and drinking. Are you surprised? No, I didn't think so. But you'll probably be a bit more surprised when I tell you that my love of food doesn't extend all the way into my own kitchen. Sure, I make myself the essentials: a morning kale bowl, some greek yogurt snacks, and a signature guacamole (seriously, I'm known for this stuff). I can muster some decent pasta dishes, generally have enough basic knowledge to cook meat, and I'm excellent at reheating leftovers. I am by all accounts not a chef...I'm not sure I even qualify as a home cook. I think my lack of cooking skill is inversely related to my love of food; the more impatient I am to eat, the less likely I am to cook. With the full knowledge that my cooking will never match that of my favorite restaurants around the city, my love of food also leads me to look outside my own kitchen for delicious bites. What I'm getting at is that I'm not the type of food blogger that usually shares recipes, unless said recipes are created by people who actually know what they're doing (and I can maybe attempt them). But recently, I came across a recipe that I (and maybe you too) might just put into practice.
Of course, the recipe I'm sharing today is for a lovely craft cocktail (so no cooking involved!): a KIN's Cup. Made from KIN White Whiskey, the KIN's Cup is a refreshing take on a classic Pimm's Cup, featuring cucumber, citrus, simple syrup, and amaro. Usually, whiskey causes me some unpleasant stomach issues, but KIN's White Whiskey is actually one I can drink! The cocktail is light, refreshing, and fruity, while the simple recipe is the perfect, easy drink to make when entertaining guests for a backyard BBQ, a pool party, or a summertime cocktail party.
Blaine Adams of Studio City's Barrel & Ashes kindly provided a demonstration, and honestly, he made it look so easy! To make it, you'll need:
1.5 oz KIN White Whiskey
3 slices of lightly muddled fresh cucumber
3⁄4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1⁄2 oz Fresh Grapefruit juice
3⁄4 oz Orange Mint infused Simple Syrup
1⁄2 oz of sweeter Style Amaro, such as China-China or Chio Charo
All together, the effort it takes to make this tasty creation seems pretty minimal. The method entails putting it all in a tin with crushed ice, light shaking, and dumping it all into a high ball glass. Garnish with a mint sprig for a fresh and decorative finish!
So there you have it: an easy summer cocktail to make at all of your seasonal parties. I think I might be able to pull this off!