Gourmet Economist

The Intersection of Culinary Craft and Economics Insight


The Nargis

This is a gin and orange juice cocktail, named after my friend who is very picky with her drinks. On her recent visit to Albuquerque, I got a chance to experiment with her to find the right mix of ingredients to curate a drink that she can enjoy anytime. After much trial and error, we stumbled upon this concoction. It is simple, yet is a wonderful complement for long chitter-chatter sessions with friends. This is also my go-to drink these days when I simply want to sit on our back porch with my husband and enjoy the sound of summer rains in the evening. You can substitute the honey in the recipe for simple syrup if vigorous shaking is not your jam. Nargis and I, however, enjoyed the complexity of flavor brought about by honey and she voted this one the best. Here’s to friends, catch-ups, and happiness!

The Nargis

Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Cointreau
  • ¼ oz Honey
  • 7-8 oz Orange juice
  • Crushed ice


  • Pour the gin, Cointreau and honey in a shaker. Shake vigorously, like your life depends on it. No, really. That's the only way you'll get the honey to dissolve.
  • Once the honey is dissolved, pour in the orange juice. Give it all one last shake.
  • Pour over crushed ice in a cocktail glass. Enjoy!


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating