Soho Cocktail Recipe

New Amsterdam Gin's Soho Cocktail - Easy Gin Drinks
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

The Soho cocktail is part of a collection of New York City-inspired cocktails created for New Amsterdam Gin. It is a delightful drink, especially if you really enjoy exploring fresh herb cocktails.

This refreshing drink is easy to mix up. Inside you will find mint, lemongrass, and ginger paired with the botanicals of the gin. Back that up with agave nectar, lime juice, and ginger ale and you have a fascinating highball that is perfect for spring and summer sipping.

Ingredients

  • 1 stem lemongrass
  • 1 sprig mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger (ground)
  • 1 ounce agave nectar (or simple syrup)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces gin (New Amsterdam Gin)
  • 2 ounces ginger ale (or enough to fill)
  • Garnish: lime wheel
  • Garnish: lemongrass "straw"

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut the lemongrass into small pieces and combine a small palm-full in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with mint. Muddle until the flavor is released.

  3. Add the ginger, agave nectar, gin, and lime juice.

  4. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top off with ginger ale.

  5. Garnish with a lime wheel spiked with a lemongrass straw.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • A "sprig" of mint is a bit vague because it can vary in size. Typically, mint cocktails (like the mojito) do well with fewer than 10 leaves, though you can add more if you like.
  • When using fresh lemongrass, you want to use the main yellow stalk above the bulb. Remove any outer leaves and rinse before cutting it into about 2-inch pieces.
  • Dried lemongrass can also be used. It would be helpful to add the agave nectar (or syrup) and lime juice to the muddle to help rehydrate it a little.
  • Fresh ginger is a great substitute for ground ginger, which has a more concentrated flavor. For this drink, use about 1 tablespoon of freshly ground ginger and add it to the muddled ingredients.

Recipe Variations

  • Finish this drink off with sparkling wine rather than soda. A sweet rosé, such as white zinfandel, is an excellent choice, though a Spanish seco or semi-seco cava would be fabulous as well.
  • Put a lemonade twist on the cocktail by splitting the ginger ale pour with freshly squeezed lemonade. Alternatively, switch to a bottled sparkling lemonade.
  • If you prefer vodka, New Amsterdam has some really nice vodkas available, too. The brand's flavored vodkas would be a good fit, particularly the peach and coconut, two flavors that pair well with lemongrass.

How Strong Is a Soho Cocktail?

Like most highballs, the Soho cocktail is a rather light drink. Its alcohol content should fall somewhere in the 12 percent ABV (24 proof) range, making it equivalent to a gin and tonic as well as a glass of wine.