HANS & GRETE

hänsl & gretlHello my fellow gin lovers. Yes, I am calling myself a gin lover. Going out I would never ever order some regular gin tonic, I just don’t like it. High quality spirits on the rocks or sweet homemade cocktails on the other hand are pretty awesome, don’t you think? I am not an expert on gin or other spirits, I just love a good drink every now and then.

I have had periods in my life where I didn’t feel like drinking alcoholic beverages for quite a while,  and other times I would have a cocktail almost every day. Whenever I drink too much my face gets super puffy and my skin breaks out. Maybe you remember my last post about alcohol? If not read about Illustrative Drinking here. What I forgot to say: I advice you to stay a way from alcohol and/or consume it with caution. Personally, I don’t deal well with hangovers, well let me rephrase this: I don’t want to deal with them. Yet from time to time, I am up for a drink or two. It’s all about finding balance in everything you do. After getting this of my chest lets talk gin.

So, as you can probably tell I love to introduce you to new products and flavors. I am so curious about trying out new things and create recipes. Have you guys already heard of Aeijst? Probably you did. This high quality alcohol is one of my favorites. I came across this Austrian gin some months ago, it is distilled by Wolfgang Thomann and his family in southern Styria, Austria. I wasn’t into gin at all at that time, but I decided to give it a try. I have to say, it’s made of such good quality (no hangovers) and I seriously fell in love with its strong and pure taste. There is gin and there is Aeijst. This family project has just celebrated its first birthday, read more about this Austrian product here.

„Aeijst (pronounced Ej-st) is an Austrian Gin. It’s named after a colloquial word for the branches of a tree. Made from 100% organic ingredients. Handcrafted out of honest convictions. You know what’s even better than talking about Gin? Drinking Gin.“

– W. Thomann

Back to the recipe. My parents in law, whom I am very fond of are called Margarete and Hans. While creating this recipe I had to think about them, which explains the name. HANS is a sweet drink based on elderflower syrup and GRETE is a very exquisite drink with rose water and pomegranate seeds. (Thank you Lisa for this great tip) They are so easy to prepare and make very unique cocktails. Have you ever had rose water? It’s so fancy. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

pomegranate & elderflower

 ♥︎ ✌︎  [COLLABORATION]  ✌︎ ♥︎

– HANS & GRETE –

for 2; vegan, gluten free

Ingredients

HANS
– 4 cl of Aijst
– 2 cl of elderflower syrup
– 3 slices of fresh ginger
– natural mineral water
– ice cubes
– fresh mint

GRETE
– 3 cl of Aijst
– 2 cl of rose water
– 2 sugar cubes
– pomegranate seeds
– natural mineral water
– ice cubes
– fresh mint

Instruction

1. You will need two glasses, add 3 slices of fresh ginger root to the one and the seeds of 1/5 pomegranate to the other. Crush the seeds with a mortar or a mortar like tool.

2. Add elderflower syrup to HANS, that’s would be the one with ginger root. Heat sugar cubes with 2 tablespoons of water for about one minute to melt sugar completely. Add rose water and sugar water to GRETE, the glass with crushed pomegranate seeds.

3. Add Aijst to both drinks.

4. Bring in some ice cubes and fill up both glasses with natural mineral water. Make sure it’s the fizzy one.

5. Decorate with fresh mint and enjoy.

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