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I love drinking gin in the summertime. It's so herbal, effervescent and downright refreshing that I crave it on hot days. I especially love the Gin Fizz. It is a classic cocktail that was once the city of New Orleans' specialty, where jazz clubs would have to hire large teams of bartenders just to keep up with the shaking of the mixers to keep up with demand. You can also use Sloe Gin if you want a sweeter drink, but I'm a prude when it comes to my gin.
2 oz gin
1 good squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp powdered sugar
1 egg white, raw
Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake like mad. Seriously, keep shaking that beverage! The egg white needs to emulsify and create the amazing signature foam of this drink. Don't be grossed out by the raw egg, I'm pretty sure the lemon juice kills off any bacteria, at least that's what I tell myself. Once you're done shaking, pour into a highball glass with ice. Sip, and marvel at the surprisingly sophisticated flavor the combination of gin, sugar and lemon create.
What is your favorite adult beverage?