Mother’s Ruin
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Mother’s Ruin
Cocktail recipe

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In the mid-eighteenth century in the UK people frequented gin houses more often than traditional pubs. Many a young man would go straight from the factories, mines and hard labour ... more In the mid-eighteenth century in the UK people frequented gin houses more often than traditional pubs. Many a young man would go straight from the factories, mines and hard labour jobs and spend all of their money there, thus bringing nothing back home to the table. For this, gin received the nickname "Mother’s Ruin" and this is what I have named the cocktail. Combines traditionally English ingredients into a semi-sweet, refreshing cocktail.
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Base ingredient
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Gin
Garnish
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Cucumber, mint
Alcohol content
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22.62% | 2.85 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Mother’s Ruin

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Peel the side of the cucumber and make three roughly equal strips for the garnish
Add crushed ice, chopped cucumber, Hendricks, mint, elderflower liqueur and syrup to a shaker
Shake well and pour directly into the glass
Garnish with cucumber strips and mint sprig, and serve

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·  Garnish  ·  Shake  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute elderflower liqueur in the Mother's Ruin cocktail?

Yes, if you don't have elderflower liqueur, you can substitute it with a floral syrup like lavender or rose syrup mixed with a bit of vodka to maintain the alcohol content. Keep in mind this will slightly alter the flavor profile, but it should still deliver a pleasing floral note to the cocktail.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some garnishing tips for the Mother's Ruin cocktail?

A sprig of fresh mint or a thin slice of cucumber makes excellent garnishes for the Mother’s Ruin cocktail. These garnishes enhance the drink's visual appeal while complementing its refreshing and herbal flavor profile.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the Mother's Ruin cocktail?

The Mother's Ruin cocktail is best served cold in a whisky glass. Since it’s shaken, not stirred, make sure to give it a good shake with ice before straining it into the glass. This ensures the cocktail is sufficiently chilled and properly mixed.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Mother's Ruin compare to a standard gin and tonic?

The Mother's Ruin cocktail has an alcohol content of 22.62%, which is a bit higher than a standard gin and tonic, which typically has an alcohol content around 10-15% depending on the proportions of gin and tonic water. This makes Mother's Ruin a stronger option.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasion is the Mother's Ruin cocktail best suited for?

Given its refreshing nature and sophisticated blend of ingredients, the Mother’s Ruin cocktail is perfect for garden parties, summer gatherings, or as an elegant pre-dinner drink. Its unique flavor profile makes it a memorable choice for those special occasions.

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