My friend Susie is a hoot. When we get together, it’s a guaranteed good time. Sometimes we enjoy a little libation, especially anything with GIN on the label. I invited her over to make some cat-themed cocktails. She didn’t think twice before accepting my fine offer — I mean, why would you? Kitty cocktails? Now that’s a good time. Plus, we at Catster are no strangers to creating cat-tastic cocktails, created either by the staff or San Francisco bartenders.
Scouring the Internet for a gin-based kitty cocktail we could duplicate, I found the Cat’s Pajamas. The name is cute, and the ingredients fit … well, all except one. I have no room for fennel in my life. Sorry, but anything that may even resemble the taste of licorice can take a walk. I made an executive decision to toss the fennel and add mint leaves. Plus, mint has way more of a feline vibe than fennel does.
The drink includes the flavors of gin, cucumber, mint-infused honey, and lemon. Tell me how you can go wrong with that combo? Tell me! I didn’t think so. The only trouble? We veered from the official Cat’s Pajamas recipe and had no name for the new concoction. Still, we remained focused.
We paired our delicious cocktail with Doritos because why not?
Let’s take a look at the craftsmanship that went into the mixology of the yet-unnamed yummy cocktail. (The full recipe is farther below.)
First, you’re told to muddle the cucumber, which we were sure was a euphemism for something dirty. I didn’t have a fancy muddler, but I did have a short wooden thingy that worked just fine. I muddled the cucumber in a glass bowl. Ohhh, nasty!
Susie did the honor of adding the gin. We mostly measured, but we did a lot of eyeballing amounts of things. There’s something to be said for using intuition in the kitchen, and that goes doubly when cocktails are involved.
We then added the infused honey, lemon juice, and ice to the gin-and-cucumber muddle. If you’re wondering about infusing honey, it was really easier than it sounds. No Martha Stewart sorcery is needed. I just cooked equal parts honey and water on top of the stove and tossed in some mint leaves. To be honest, I think the infused honey is a fine drink all on its own.
After adding all the ingredients, it was time to get our shake on! We listened to some 1970s funk, which made it extra fun to dance around whilst shaking. Side note: “Love Train” by the O’Jays is an excellent tune for shakin’ your drink and your booty.
Woo! Time to taste the fruits of our labor! We could hardly wait! So after we licked the Dorito powder off our fingers, we poured away, hoping most of it landed in the glasses.
You know what? That shizz was good! The combination of flavors was nothing short of bliss.
We, of course, had to hang out in the bathtub for a little while because … bathtub gin! Haha! We were probably way more amused than you are at our tomfoolery.
This drink was way better than any kind of fennel yuck called Cat’s Pajamas, but what’s the new name? Minty Cat’s Pajamas? Cat’s Pajamints? Any ideas?
While you’re thinking, let’s get serious here with the business of the recipe.
Unnamed Cat-Themed Cocktail (makes one drink)
Add cucumber slices to a cocktail shaker and muddle. (Heh.)
Add remaining ingredients except for garnish to the shaker and fill with ice.
Shake and double-strain into a chilled glass.
Garnish with fresh mint leaves, and enjoy!
Note: To make the mint-infused honey, combine 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup water, and several mint leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to just boiling, reduce the heat to low, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, and store in a glass container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
What do you think we should name the cocktail? Tell us in the comments!
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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.