Cocktails, Calories and Coolers
More people are beginning to appreciate that Seltzers are not only delicious but, in the drinks realm, are far more wholesome than quite a few drinks out there - looking at you Long Island Ice tea ;)
With Sunny Eddy, we've been conscious of helping people be responsible by keeping the alcohol at 4% so that each 330mL can of Sunny Eddy Gin Seltzer equals one standard drink. And just like some days should be alcohol-free, some days might call for something more substantial in concentration and strength; as the French say, "All things in moderation, including moderation."
But what if we're after something in between?
One cocktail + one can of Sunny Eddy = two unique coolers.
We've mixed three classic cocktails with Sunny Eddy to make longer, lighter, fresher drinks.
Sunny Edgroni, perhaps? Cosmo Cooler or Sunny-Politan? Gimlet Fizz or Lime & Cucumber Spritz, maybe? Whatever you choose to call them, these deliciously simple extensions of the classics are a great way to maximise your drinks and get any party started.
It was invented in 1919 at Caffé Casoni in Florence for Count Negroni after he'd visited London and fell in love with gin. Legend has it the Count asked his bartender to make his Americano a bit stronger, so instead of adding soda water to the equal mix of Sweet (red) Vermouth and Campari, the bartender added a shot of gin and substituted the lemon wedge for an orange.
At just 100mL (90mL of alcohol and about 5-10ml of dilution), the Negroni is boozy, bitter and intense. It's one of those cocktails that most drinkers learn to appreciate over time. But its bright colour, astringency and depth make it the epitome of Italian elegance.
The standard Negroni has:
11 grams sugar
The citrus notes in gin and Campari are similar to those in the Sunny Eddy Blood Orange & Grapefruit, so they're ideal to combine.
30mL Sweet Vermouth (Red or Italian as it's also known. As a side note, French vermouth is Dry)
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until ice cold. Strain into a tumbler/ rocks glass over ice, and garnish with the zest of orange: Voila, a traditional Negroni.
But for a fresh change, add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until ice cold, strain into two highball glasses over ice, and top up both glasses with 165 ml (half a can) of Sunny Eddy and garnish with zest of orange for a longer, more refreshing drink.
These Negroni Coolers have:
5.5 grams of sugar
8 grams of carbs
126 Calories each
For a Sunny Americano:
30mL Sweet Vermouth
Substitute the soda water by topping up with Sunny Eddy Gin Seltzer Blood Orange & Grapefruit instead.
It's probably best known and seen on Sex & the City, where Carrie and the crew are crowned the unofficial ambassadors of this cocktail. Although the drink seems right at home in Manhattan, there's a bit of East Coast West Coast rivalry and North versus South, with plausible stories pointing to Florida and Minneapolis as to where it was created.
The standard Cosmopolitan has:
4-13 grams of (depending on Cranberry and Triple Sec used)
7 grams of carbs
Tart cranberry is this drink's dominant flavour (and colour), which blends well with apple - making this cocktail perfect for the addition of Sunny Eddy Crisp Pink Apple.
45ml vodka or lemon vodka
15ml triple sec
30ml cranberry juice
10ml lime juice
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, strain into a chilled martini glass and a garnish zest of lime for a traditional Cosmo.
Or add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, strain into two highball glasses over ice, and top up both drinks with 165 ml (half a can) of Sunny Eddy and garnish with a slice of apple for a cool, refreshing tang of apple.
These Cosmo Coolers are:
2-6 grams of sugar (depending on Cranberry and Triple Sec used)
4 grams of carbs
The original Gimlet was a mix of lime cordial - traditionally Rose's Lime Cordial - mixed with gin. Today, most bartenders use fresh lime juice, simple syrup and gin. This type of cocktail is known as the 'Sour' family of drinks, which includes the Daiquiri. It's a classic cocktail base combining and balancing the three' S' - Spirit (alcohol), Sweet (sugar syrup) and Sour (citrus).
The standard Gimlet has:
9 grams of sugar
11 grams of carbs
30ml lime juice
20 ml simple syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar to water mix)
For the classic, add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a zest of lime.
Or add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, strain into two highball glasses over ice, top up both drinks with 165 ml (half a can) Sunny Eddy Lime & Cucumber and garnish with cucumber slices for the ultimate summer cooler.
These Gimlet Coolers are:
4.5 grams of sugar
6 grams of carbs
Thanks to its clean and delicate flavours, Sunny Eddy Gin Seltzers are ideal in a number of drinks beyond the three listed here. Find your combination and let us know your favourites through the Social Media links below!
Enjoy, and here's to long, sunny days with friends.
*All ABV, calories, and other units of measure are approximations only and will vary by brand and product.