The Waterside Citrus
Hedge Trimmer gin, fresh lime, fresh grapefruit, a sprig of mint, with soda water, over ice, $8.75
With the summer finally settling in here in the Pacific Northwest, Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill serves up a drink that is sure to bring down your core temperature.
When I stopped in, general manager Steve Beringer recommended the Waterside Citrus. Made with Hedge Trimmer gin, fresh-cut limes and grapefruit with just a dash of soda water and garnished with a skewer of grapefruit, lime and mint, this drink will cool you down quicker than a Super Soaker.
As you sip, the mint washes over you first, giving you an initial pop of cool flavor. Then, as the mint fades away, the grapefruit takes over, giving you a bite in the back of your throat and leaving behind its familiar fragrance. The gin fits well with this amalgamation of flavors, giving you a slight citrus undertone that pairs nicely with the grapefruit.
Because the ingredients at Hearthfire are muddled rather than crushed, the lime, fresh grapefruit and mint flavors can separate and be pulled into the gin. The liquid is then strained into a glass of ice with just a dash of soda water, giving you the Waterside Citrus.
If you’re getting hungry, this drink pairs nicely with the Oregon Shrimp Mango salad, giving you a light, fresh meal to enjoy in the sunshine.
Enjoy this drink behind the Hearthfire’s custom ice bar, or sit out on the patio where you can take in beautiful views of Bellingham Bay and watch boats cruise in and out of the Bellingham Marina.