The Food: A-Z Project is still going strong! Check out our flickr group and if you haven’t joined please do. Tomorrow we are moving on to the letter “H”.

For those of you unfamiliar with the project please let me explain. Seeking inspiration and some discipline I decided to begin a group that photographs a food item or recipe beginning with the letter in the alphabet corresponding to the week we are on. With this project I hope to see an improvement in my photography skills and become more familiar with a variety of food ingredients and dishes.

Of course there have been a few weeks in there where I simply scanned through images I have previously shot and hoped I could find some that start with the right letter. But when I push myself to shoot something intentionally that’s when I learn the most and am most satisfied.

Last week was “G” (moving on to “H” next week) and feeling particularly inspired thanks to an incredible workshop with Penny de los Santos, I set up my shot.

Using Grendadine as my “G” ingredient I made a cocktail called the Gin and Sin – which I think earns me extra points for using the letter “G” twice.


This festive cocktail is a wonderful way to bring even more cheer to this joyous time of year. Slightly sweet and sour and completely refreshing. I can’t help but think that the sparkling cranberries from Heidi at 101 cookbooks would look lovely floating on the surface.

See how much fun our flickr group is? Sipping cocktails while taking photos – join the party!


Gin and Sin

1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz orange juice
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 tsp grenadine syrup

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass. Or serve over ice.

17 Responses to “{Cocktail} Gin and Sin”

  1. Optimista

    Oh! You went to Penny’s workshop in Seattle! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that two such fantastic food photographers/bloggers would know one another, but I am, anyway. Very cool.

  2. John

    Try a more original style of the recipe (courtesy of

    2 oz gin (6 cl, 1/2 gills)
    1/4 oz fresh lemon juice (6 dashes, 1/16 gills)
    1/4 oz orange juice (6 dashes, 1/16 gills)
    1/4 oz grenadine (6 dashes, 1/16 gills)

    And try making the grenadine yourself – it’s extremely easy! Pomegranate juice and sugar, equal parts.

    • Ashley Rodriguez

      John – Thanks for the great recipe. I love drinking cocktails but am far from being a genuine mixer so I appreciate any help I can get. Will definitely try making my own Grenadine.

  3. Katherine @ NightOwlChef

    OOH! I wish I’d read this post before Christmas, darn it! But I LOVE gin; this is right up my alley. The lemon juice is unique – I bet this drink has a nice, tart kick to it.

    Love the photos, especially the one with the soon-to-be-tipsy bird!!

  4. Mary Gene

    not so fond of gin, since a wild night in college, but may try this with vodka…so pretty!

  5. Edhz

    Hi. Good day! I’m Edhz from Philippines.

    My birthday is coming and i’m planning to have a small party with my close friends. I’d like to make this cocktail in a pitcher. Is it okay to ask for the measurement?

    Thank you in advance. Its my pleasure to serve your cocktail on my special day 🙂


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