Minnesota’s Bootleg Cocktail has a rich history that dates back to the Prohibition Era in the United States (1920-1933). The cocktail was created by a man named David Anderson, a resident of the state of Minnesota, who was an avid home-brewer. He made the drink with whatever ingredients he could find, including gin, club soda, lime, lemon juice, and simple syrup. As the name implies, the cocktail was made and consumed illegally during this time.
Despite its humble beginnings, the Bootleg Cocktail has grown to become a popular drink in Minnesota and beyond. The balance of sweet, tart, and tart flavors make it a great cocktail for any occasion. Plus, the original recipe only requires a few ingredients and is simple to make.
To make a great Bootleg Cocktail at home, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 ounces of gin (alternatively, you can also use vodka or whiskey)
- 2 ounces of club soda
- 1 ounce of lime juice
- 1 ounce of lemon juice
- 1 ounce of simple syrup (or to taste)
Once you have all of your ingredients, add the gin, club soda, lime juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
To finish, garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint, if desired. Enjoy!
When making a Bootleg Cocktail at home, remember that you can adjust the ingredients to your preference. For example, if you like your drinks a bit sweeter, you can add an extra ounce of simple syrup. Or, if you prefer a stronger drink, you can use more gin or vodka. Additionally, you can use different types of club soda, such as a flavored soda or sparkling water.
When it comes to the ice, it’s best to use large cubes for a Bootleg Cocktail. These will help keep the drink cold without diluting the flavors. As for the glass, a rocks glass is ideal, but you can also use a highball glass.
No matter what ingredients you choose, the Bootleg Cocktail is sure to be a hit. So gather your ingredients, mix up a batch, and enjoy a taste of Minnesota’s history!
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