Recreating the best gin fizz ever

Every once in a while I’ve ordered a drink having a good idea of what it will be like, only to be totally shocked when it arrives at my table. I had this happen to me last month while on my husband and I were on vacation. We had taken a catamaran to St. Barth’s for the day and stopped in the first bar we found at the Gustavia Marina.

Having been on a steady diet of rum-based cocktails for three days prior, I decided to branch out and order a gin fizz.

This is what was set in front of me:

Gin Fizz in St. Barth's

Gin Fizz in St. Barth’s — note the empty space between the lime slice and the gin

The top part was almost like a lime sorbet, as opposed to the more traditional frothed egg white. But what really caught my eye was the placement of the lime slice. It was perfectly positioned in the center of the glass, keeping the contents of the cocktail separate.

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Things I miss already…

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I’m suffering from serious vacation withdrawal. The good news is that it’s absolutely gorgeous in Portland right now and I can sit in my backyard with a beer and a book and pretend I’m still in the Caribbean (kind of). And, in my travels, I discovered two delicious things that I can’t wait to indulge in again, this time on domestic soil.

1. A Mojito Royale. All the minty goodness of a rum-filled mojito…copiously topped with Champagne. Yes please!

Mojito Royale from the Rainbow Club in Grand Case, St Martin

Mojito Royale from the Rainbow Club in Grand Case, St Martin

2. Johnny Cakes. How have I never eaten these before?? They are the stuff dreams are made of!

Talk of the Town, St Martin

Shrimp Skewer and Johnny Cakes, Talk of the Town, Grand Case, St. Martin

Vacation Cooking: Why I Married a Chef

The main reason we rented the place we did in St. Martin is because it has a fully equipped kitchen. One trip to the Grand Marche and we were all set to make a few meals “at home” instead of eating out. Luckily I got to sit out on the balcony while my husband did the cooking!

Soft Boiled Egg, Mache, Lemon Zest Salad...with some Foie Gras and Proscuitto thrown in for fun...

Soft Boiled Egg, Mache, Lemon Zest Salad…with some Foie Gras and Proscuitto thrown in for fun…

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The life of a tropical island cat…

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I am sure that in all honesty island life is hard on stray kitties, but this guy seems to do just fine. Grand Case Beach Club, St. Martin.

I am sure that in all honesty island life is hard on stray kitties, but this guy seems to do just fine. Grand Case Beach Club, St. Martin.

Feeling the love…

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Sunset at the Hotel Love Lounge

Sunset at the Hotel Love Lounge on the Grand Case Beach

The Hotel Love Lounge

Chorizo and Pickles at Hotel Love, Grand Case, St. Martin

Chorizo and Pickles at Hotel Love, Grand Case, St. Martin

Day and Night at Grand Case Beach, St. Martin

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Grand Case Beach

Sunset on Grand Case Beach