The rain and traffic (due in part by the Mavericks game—the traffic, not the rain) on Tuesday evening made me want to yell obscenities and tear off articles of clothing until I became a naked, raving man. That is until I pulled open the door to the Standard Pour, a cozy oasis nestled in uptown Dallas.
I was invited to take part in Hendrick’s Gin cocktail creation event, which had attracted lots of folks who were excited about an evening of measuring, pouring, and imbibing. I met Kris von Dopek, one of the brand ambassadors for Hendrick’s. We talked about the inspiration for the night’s drinks.
“These cocktails are focused on ingredients that can be easily purchased,” he told me. Each one featured Hendrick’s Gin and three or four other ingredients, which meant the cocktails ended up simple, but still tasty. We started off the night with a nice G&T. From there, each person used the measuring tools and the ingredients provided to concoct several cocktails.
My favorite was definitely the cucumber lemonade, which was made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, sparkling water, and garnished with a cucumber slice. Anyone can make this stuff, and you don’t have to hike the jungles of Columbia to find the ingredients. Unless you’re into that kind of thing.
The green tea punch was also tasty. This had the same ingredients as the lemonade, but also included Lillet – a French aperitif – and Angostura bitters, which may be a little harder to find, but well worth it when you do.
It was nice to have the chance to sit down and laugh with the other guests as we learned about the history of the cocktail and attempted to make a few of our own. I wasn’t going to let the weather rain on my lemonade.
Jake Austin Medina is a D Magazine intern and a journalism major at the University of North Texas. Fall is his second favorite season.