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Amazon
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In a documentary shown on British BBC TV about the situation comedy Dad's Army, one of the scriptwriters explained the following: The main character, Captain Mainwaring, was played by the ... more In a documentary shown on British BBC TV about the situation comedy Dad's Army, one of the scriptwriters explained the following: The main character, Captain Mainwaring, was played by the actor Arthur Lowe (1915-1982). Each year the cast would film in the spring in a rural setting at Thetford, Norfolk, and when they had finished for the day most of the cast and crew would congregate in various bars in the village. The principal members of the cast stayed at The Bell Hotel in Thetford. Going into the hotel bar they would find Arthur Lowe, immaculately dressed and propping up the bar. He was "drinking an Amazon - gin and ginger ale, with one (not two) slice of cucumber".
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Gin
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8% | 2.4 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Amazon

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Take about three slices of cucumber and add them to a highball glass with ice
Pour over the gin and top up with ginger ale
Stir and serve

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·  Highball  ·  Stir  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of gin is best to use in the Amazon cocktail?

For the Amazon cocktail, a London Dry Gin is typically recommended due to its clear, crisp flavor which complements the fresh cucumber and the spiciness of the ginger ale. However, feel free to experiment with other types of gin based on your taste preferences, such as an American Gin for a more herbal note.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make the Amazon cocktail without alcohol?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Amazon by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit that mirrors the botanical flavors of gin. Alternatively, you can simply increase the amount of ginger ale and cucumber in the recipe to compensate for the absence of gin, adjusting the proportions to taste.

FAQ

How do I properly prepare the cucumber for the Amazon cocktail?

To prepare cucumber for the Amazon cocktail, wash the cucumber thoroughly and cut it into thin slices. You can leave the skin on for added color and texture. Some people prefer to gently muddle a slice or two in the glass before adding the other ingredients to release the cucumber's essence into the drink.

FAQ

Is the Amazon cocktail suitable for a large party or should it be made individually?

The Amazon cocktail can be easily adjusted for large parties. You can pre-mix a larger batch of gin and ginger ale in a pitcher (keeping the 8% alcohol content and total volume in mind) and then serve in individual highball glasses over ice, topping each glass with fresh cucumber slices. It's important to stir the mixture well in the pitcher and to not leave the cucumbers in the mix for too long before serving to avoid them becoming soggy.

FAQ

What is the significance of stirring and not shaking the Amazon cocktail?

The method of stirring rather than shaking the Amazon cocktail is significant because it gently combines the ingredients without diluting the drink as much as shaking would. Stirring is preferred for cocktails that are comprised of mostly clear ingredients and do not contain citrus juice or other cloudy components. This method preserves the crispness and clarity of the drink, ensuring a well-balanced flavor profile suitable for the delicate notes of gin and cucumber.

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