Developed for our wedding, the Groom’s cocktail is a more complex take on a Gin Tonic, using lemoncello and herbal liquors in addition to the gin. For the wedding, the Lemoncello will be from Wisconsin, and the bitters will be from Seattle, which is where we met, fell in love, and first lived together. The foundation of the drink, though, is the barrel aged gin, which is getting kind of trendy right now. The one we’ve picked for the wedding is the first barrel-aged gin either of us had ever tried, served to us on a fabulous trip to Portland in 2012 – and having tried several since, we still think it’s the best.
Comically the the drink was named before its ingredients were finally selected. After working with the venue for the reception, the formulation had to be altered, and the end result was a drink that actually looks a lot like Mountain Dew. It tastes a lot better, but with a name like Lucky Gamer, a Mountain Dew like appearance just kind of fits better than expected.
- 1 1/2 oz. Ransom Old Tom Barrel Aged Gin
- 1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse Herbal Liqueur
- 1/2 oz. Yahara Bay Lemoncello Liqueur
- 1 dash Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters
- Tonic to Taste
- Lemon wedge
Mix the Gin, Chartreuse, Lemoncello, and Bitters together in a high-ball glass with ice. Add tonic to taste, and garnish with a lemon wedge.
- For a more floral version, replace the Lemoncello liquor with St. Germain.
- Try it as an up drink: Increase the gin, and hold the tonic. Use a martini glass, and garnish with lemon peel instead of wedge.