I’ve been experimenting with cocktails lately. Generally, I prefer to leaving the art of mixology to the professionals, and get fancy cocktails when I’m at a restaurant or bar. When I’m at home and not drinking wine, chances are I’m enjoying a gin and tonic with lime or rye whiskey with a dash of bitters over ice. Nothing fancy. But I’ve tried so many cocktails at bars recently, I’ve been inspired to try to make my own at home.
The ingredients for many of these fancy concoctions can be expensive and out of the ordinary. I didn’t want to buy a large quantity of something that wouldn’t be versatile or I wouldn’t really love, so I started with picking up a liquor I’d seen listed in the ingredients of many of the cocktails I’d been enjoying at bars this summer: St Germain Eldeflower Liquor.
Lemon and rosemary pair well, and are something I always have on hand. Gin is my favorite, and I love Uncle Val’s for it’s distinct flavor. It’s riddled with hints of cucumber, lavender, sage, lemon, and of course, juniper. It’s not for those who like a mild gin or tend to drink vodka, and it’s perfect to feature in cocktails.
You could use and homemade sour mix. I used lemon, lime, and a hint of simple syrup. After I first sipped it, I thought it was crisp and refreshing, but was missing something, so I added the dash of orange bitters, and that seemed to balance out the sweet and sour. These were refreshing, and I will definitely be trying them out again!
Gin and St Germain Cocktail
- 2 oz Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin
- 1 oz St Germain eldeflower liquor
- juice of 1 lemon
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 t agave or simple syrup
- stem of rosemary
- lemon peel
- 3 oz club soda
- Dash orange bitters
Fill shaker with 6 cubes of ice. Add juice, simple syrup, and liquor. Shake. Poor in glass. Add bitters. Top with club soda. Garnish with lemon peel and rosemary.