Embiggening Elixir Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Embiggening Elixir is a cocktail with a story as unique as its name. It was first concocted by a bartender named Jake in a small bar in New York City. Jake was known for his creative and experimental approach to mixology. The Embiggening Elixir was his attempt to create a cocktail that would 'embiggen' the spirits of those who drank it. It quickly became a hit among the bar's patrons and has since spread to cocktail menus around the world.

  • Who would like it? If you're a fan of cocktails with a balance of sweet and sour flavors, the Embiggening Elixir is for you. Its unique combination of ingredients creates a taste that is both refreshing and invigorating.

How Embiggening Elixir Tastes?

The Embiggening Elixir is a delightful balance of sweet and sour. The sweetness of the honey is perfectly complemented by the tartness of the lemon juice. The gin adds a subtle herbal note that rounds out the flavor profile. The cocktail is light, refreshing, and invigorating.

Interesting facts about Embiggening Elixir

  • The Embiggening Elixir gets its name from a word coined in the television show The Simpsons.
  • Despite its unique name, the Embiggening Elixir is a relatively simple cocktail to make.
  • The cocktail's balance of sweet and sour flavors has made it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Honey: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Ice: As needed
  • Lemon slice: 1 for garnish

A few good options for Embiggening Elixir are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


The backbone of our Embiggening Elixir, gin is chosen for its botanical flavors which infuse complexity into the cocktail. Using 2oz strikes a perfect balance—it's strong enough to assert itself without overwhelming the drink. If one were to skimp on the gin, the drink might end up a touch too sweet and lose some of its herbal edge. A possible alternative is vodka for a cleaner taste, or rum for a sweeter one.

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Honey acts as a natural sweetener, adding both sweetness and a light floral note. That 1oz hits the sweet spot, melding with the gin without turning the drink into syrup. If we forgo honey, we lose that velvety texture. Maple syrup could be used as an alternative for a different kind of sweetness.

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Lemon Juice

This adds a citrus zing to the cocktail, cutting through the sweetness and providing balance. The 1oz portion makes sure the drink is refreshing and bright, but not puckeringly sour. Without it, the cocktail would be cloying. Lime juice could be substituted for a slightly different, tart edge.

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Used for chilling and diluting the cocktail to the perfect sipping strength. Without enough ice, the drink might be too boozy and not as refreshing. No real substitutes here—the cold is key!

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Lemon Slice

The garnish isn't just for looks—it's a hint at the citrus flavor within and adds a touch of elegance. Without the garnish, the cocktail remains delicious, but misses that final flourish. Lime or orange could provide a similar aromatic decoration.

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Recipe. How to make Embiggening Elixir Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2oz of gin, 1oz of honey, and 1oz of lemon juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the ingredients are well mixed and the shaker is frosty.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure the honey is fully dissolved.

Perfect Pairings


  • Oysters: The crispness of the gin and the zesty lemon can complement the briny flavors of fresh oysters.
  • Charcuterie: The botanicals in gin may pair nicely with a variety of cured meats.
  • Almonds: Honey's sweetness and almonds' nuttiness are an elegant match.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Fish: A light, zesty cocktail can be refreshing alongside a grilled fish dish.
  • Chicken Salad: The lemon's acidity can cut through the creaminess of the dressing.


  • Lemon Tart: The lemon in the dessert and the cocktail can echo each other, creating a harmonious blend.
  • Cheesecake: Honey's smooth sweetness can balance the richness of cheesecake.

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What you could change in Embiggening Elixir

  • If you don't have gin, you can substitute it with vodka.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you can increase the amount of honey.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Bliss

Switch gin for a cucumber-infused gin. Add a slice of cucumber to garnish instead of lemon. This twist adds a spa-like freshness to the cocktail, making it even more invigorating. The cucumber's crisp taste will complement the honey's sweetness in a uniquely refreshing way.

Spicy Sting

Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker. The jalapeño infuses a gentle heat that dances with the sweetness of the honey and the tartness of the lemon. This twist offers an adventurous kick to the traditional recipe.

Ginger Zest

Infuse the honey with ginger. Replace lemon juice with orange juice. The ginger will add a warm, spicy note and the orange juice will offer a softer, rounder citrus profile, for those who prefer a cocktail with a zesty yet gentle bite.

In case you forgot basics how to make Embiggening Elixir

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Embiggening Elixir

What type of gin works best in this recipe?

No specific type of gin is needed. Any variety will work, but for a more pronounced flavor, a higher quality gin may be used.

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh?

While fresh lemon juice is recommended for the best flavor and freshness, bottled lemon juice can be used in a pinch.

What is the correct glass to serve the Embiggening Elixir in?

This cocktail can be served in any glass, but a tall, slender cocktail glass is often used to highlight the cocktail's color and garnish.

Can I make the Embiggening Elixir in advance?

Yes, it can be made in advance. However, add the ice and garnish just before serving to prevent dilution and maintain freshness.

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