Cocktails, Recipes

Gin and St Germain Cocktail with Rosemary and Citrus

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.

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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.ingredients-for-gin-st-germain-cocktail

 

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!

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Gin and St Germain Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

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