Hard Lemonade for Adults

Hello! And welcome to the second installment of Punch is the Lazy Lady's Signature Cocktail. I know that you're asking yourself "isn't all hard lemonade for adults?" and you would be correct, definitely don't give hard lemonade to your non-adult children but what I'm talking about here is hard lemonade done a little classier and a lot more delicious than a bottle of Mike's. I've made variations of this lemonade for recent parties in our own home and have brought our punch pitcher to a friend's barbecue where it disappeared before the host even knew it was there! One of my friends even asked me for the recipe to make for her recent birthday party in New York. What I'm saying is, this is a lemonade being consumed around the world. You want in on this action.

Rosemary Gin Lemon Limeade

  • 2 cups simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • a handful of rosemary sprigs
  • 2 1/2 cups gin
  • 4 cups water
  • one cucumber (sliced)

Basil Cucumber Hard Lemonade

  • 2 cups simple syrup
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups vodka
  • 4 cups water
  • one cucmber (sliced)

Thai Hard Lemonade

  • 2 cups simple syrup
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup lemongrass vodka (I used dried lemongrass infused in a bottle for one week)
  • 1 1/2 cup kaffir lime vodka (I used dried kaffir leaves infused in a bottle for two weeks)
  • one cucumber (sliced)
  • optional: fresh or dried thai chillies to taste

You might have noticed, all these recipes are more or less the same. It seems like a lot of sugar but because you're using fresh squeezed lemon and/or lime juice, anything less and it's pretty mouth puckering. If you're concerned that it's going to be too sweet, start with one cup of simple syrup and add the second cup one quarter cup at a time until you reach your desired sweetness level.

The incredibly simple instructions:

  1. Pour the simple syrup into the bottom of a large punch bowl or pitcher and then add in your herbs. Muddle. Pour in your water, citrus juice and booze. Add in cucumber. Stir and taste. Adjust any quantities to your personal preference. Let sit refrigerated overnight.
  2. Right before serving, put in fancy ice blocks with citrus slices and fresh herbs, guests are always really impressed by that and it doesn't take much time to throw together. I make mine in disposable tupperware containers because they pop right out and I have a variety of sizes.
  3. Watch it disappear in an instant.

 

Flower Gin

It's possible my favorite bar in Seoul is a tiny place in Kyungridan called Flower Gin. It only serves drinks made with Hendrick's, it's also a flower shop and sometimes there's a small dog named Coco running around and snuffing you. It's wonderfully bizarre.

The shop itself is quite small, maybe only ten seats. There's another row of stools outside at a bar against the window, but so far we've only gone in cold weather. There's not much too see on this stretch of Noksapyeong-daero, so I'm not sure I'll take advantage of the outside stools when the weather warms up a bit more anyways. I will probably take advantage of the gin and tonics to go, though.

Inside, the lighting is low and the air heavily scented with roses. The size and the warmth make it feel cozy and inviting, but the soundtrack and decor make me wonder if I'm quite cool enough to be there. I've never associated a flower shop with somewhere that's too cool for me. Almost everything in the bar is Hendrick's branded.  Lots of alcohol branding in a bar is usually something I find obnoxious, but here it's so whimsical and surreal it only adds to the charm and makes me wonder where and for how much I can get my hands on a set of Hendrick's coasters.

For drinks I usually stick with a simple but beautifully presented gin and tonic. There are a few other drinks on the menu and I occasionally branch out but we go here more for the subdued, but by no means boring, atmosphere than for fancy cocktails. I like it as an early in the evening, figuring out your plans for the night spot though I also think it would be a good, low key but unique first date location.

Flower Gin is located at 666 Itaewon-dong on Naksopyeong-daero.

Flower Gin Bar Kyungridan Itaewon Seoul