The Bennett cocktail recipe is not flashy with the visuals but it has such a fabulous, well balanced taste, you will be happy you made it!
The Bennett cocktail is delicious! And deliciously unassuming. If you ordered one at a bar or in a restaurant, you might look at it and think, “This is it?” Actually, it looks a lot like the classic daiquiri or the vodka gimlet, which are both scrumptious cocktails in their own right. It’s not dramatic, like the pink lady or blueberry mint cosmo.
So, do not let its lackluster appearance discourage you from ordering this classic cocktail or making one at home. You’ll be sad you didn’t try it sooner once you find out how delicious it is.
I seem to always say that certain cocktails are well balanced. And the Bennett cocktail is no different.
What makes a cocktail balanced?
A cocktail is said to be balanced when the ingredients harmonize with each other, which also means that none of the ingredients stand out from or overpower the others. Hence, balanced!
Now, if that doesn’t make you want to try this Bennett cocktail, I don’t know what would.
How to Mix a Bennett Cocktail
Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice. After measuring out each ingredient, add it to your cocktail shaker.
Step one: Gather the ingredient: dry gin, lime, simple syrup and Angostura bitters.
Step two: Measure out 4 ounces of gin.
Step three: Squeeze 2 ounces of lime juice (approximately 2 limes) and cut a few lime wheels out of another lime.
Step four: Measure out 2 ounce of simple syrup.
I know I’ve talked before about making my own simple syrup. Big surprise, I’m going to do it again.
Why make your own simple syrup?
Homemade is less costly and tastes better. The end.
How do I make my own simple syrup?
Combine equal parts (1 cup : 1 cup), white sugar and water in a sauce pan and turn the heat to medium. Boil for 5 minutes, let the syrup cool completely and transfer to a Ball jar or other glass container for storage.
Does it matter what kind of sugar I use?
I have made simple syrup from white sugar and cane sugar. White sugar makes the syrup clear. Cane sugar makes it darker, almost brown. I do prefer clear simple syrup just because it doesn’t change the color of the cocktail.
Step five: I shake out 6 – 8 drops of Angostura bitters.
Step six: Cap the shaker and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the contents into 2 martini glasses and place a lime wheel in each Bennett cocktail.
Here’s the vertical view.
This overhead view gives you the full, unassuming simplicity of the Bennett cocktail.
I hope you enjoyed this Bennett cocktail recipe and I hope you TRY it!
Please feel free to leave me a comment to let me know what your favorite balanced cocktail is and whether you’ve tried the Bennett yet?
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This perfectly balanced cocktail that is a delicious and a classic!
- 4 ounces gin I use dry gin
- 2 ounce lime juice
- 2 ounce simple syrup
- 6 drops angostura bitters 6 - 8 drops
- 2 lime wheels
- Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
Add gin, lime juice, simple syrup and bitters. Cap shaker and shake for 30 seconds
Strain contents between two martini glasses and add lime wheels
How to make Simple Syrup:
Put 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a sauce pan. Heat on medium until it boils and then set a timer for 5 minutes.
Let cool until either using it in a cocktail or packaging it up in a ball jar.