Gary Special
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Gary Special
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The Gary Special cocktail is a citrus-forward, refreshing drink that combines the clean, crisp notes of vodka with the orange essence of Cointreau. Further brightened by a significant portion of ... more The Gary Special cocktail is a citrus-forward, refreshing drink that combines the clean, crisp notes of vodka with the orange essence of Cointreau. Further brightened by a significant portion of lemonade and a tart kick from fresh lime, it's sweetened just enough with a touch of sugar. This concoction is typically served in a cocktail glass and is characterized by its tangy and slightly sweet profile, offering a delightful sipping experience for those who appreciate a zesty citrus taste in their cocktails.
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Lime
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12% | 1.8 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Gary Special

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Muddle the limes and sugar with vodka and Cointreau in the bottom of a cocktail shaker
Add a handful of ice and shake until the cocktail shaker chilled on the outside
Strain into a cocktail glass and top with lemonade
Garnish with a wedge of lime, then serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Muddle  ·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly shake the Gary Special cocktail?

To properly shake the Gary Special cocktail, fill a shaker with ice and add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice squeezed from the 6 limes, and a teaspoon of sugar. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to ensure that all the ingredients are well combined and chilled. This method not only cools the drink but also helps to slightly dilute it, achieving the perfect balance.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some garnishing tips for the Gary Special?

For garnishing the Gary Special, consider adding a twist of lime peel on the rim of the cocktail glass or floating a thin slice of lime on the surface of the drink for a visually appealing presentation. Additionally, a rim of fine sugar on the glass can complement the cocktail's sweet and citrusy profile.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the Gary Special?

The Gary Special is best served in a chilled cocktail glass to maintain its cold temperature. Pouring the shaken mixture over a couple of fresh ice cubes in the glass can also help keep it cool longer. Serve immediately after preparation to enjoy its refreshing and vibrant flavors.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Gary Special and how can it be made?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Gary Special can be made by substituting the vodka and Cointreau with non-alcoholic alternatives. For the vodka, use a non-alcoholic spirit or more lemonade. For the Cointreau, consider using an orange-flavored syrup or non-alcoholic triple sec. Follow the same preparation method, topping up with lemonade and adjusting the sweetness with sugar as needed.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in the Gary Special compare to other common cocktails?

The Gary Special has an alcohol content of 12%, which is considered moderate. It's lower than strong cocktails such as a Margarita or a Martini, which typically range from 20% to 30% alcohol by volume (ABV), but higher than light cocktails like a Mimosa or a Bellini, which are usually under 10% ABV. This makes the Gary Special a moderate-choice cocktail suitable for those looking for a balanced drink.

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