This gin drink is a slight twist to a cocktail I had years ago at a giant horse show in KY – so of course, it had bourbon. But the Run Fast gin cocktail replaces the bourbon with some Old Tom gin.
The Kentucky Three day event is a weekend of horses dancing around, going at full speed over the hills and jumping giant wooden things, and then one last day popping over huge fences in the ring. It’s deep in the heart of horse country, and the inspiration for the Run Fast was created there – the Four Star.
But why not mix things up?
The Run Fast Gin Cocktail
- 1.5 Oz. Old Tom Gin Ransom is great here, as it's not too sweet.
- .5 Oz. Elderflower liqueur
- 1.5 Oz. Apple juice
- Ginger ale To top off and add some fizz
- Mint To garnish
- Lemon Twist Optional garnish
- Use your colling glass with ice to combine your ingredients.
- Layer your Old Tom gin, then elderflower liqueur, then apple juice.
- Top off with ginger ale, and stir around a bit.
- Garnish with mint and a lemon twist, if you like.
How to make the Run Fast sweeter, or less sweet.
Your choice of Old Tom gin will influence the sweetness of this drink. Now that Old Tom gin is gaining in popularity, the many brands vary in sweetness. Ransom Old Tom is fairly dry, and a bit herbal, so this is a good place to start.
You can always make things sweeter by adding a smidge more elderflower liqueur or take away some sweet with more ginger ale.
If you want to play up the citrus and fruit flavors, express your lemon rind in your Run Fast to also counteract some of the sweetness. And mint really just makes it all better.