Justin was given the Experimental Cocktail Club book for Christmas and has been mixing, muddling, and shaking new cocktails ever since.
It's my birthday this weekend, and he has been working on a special cocktail to help us celebrate. He's been playing with various combinations of gin, my favorite spirit, and Saint Germain, a delicious elderflower liqueur. This man clearly knows the way to my heart!
I've been taste testing each rendition along the way, and he has arrived at the most perfectly balanced and utterly delicious recipe. It's the perfect mixture of citrus, floral, spicy and sweet. He's made it a little longer too, knowing that it will be impossible for us to stop at just one ;-)
Not that you should ever exclusively reserve cocktail drinking for special occasions, but just in case you're looking for an excuse... This drink would also make a gorgeous Valentine's Day cocktail for you, or someone you love.
Makes 2 Cocktails
- 2 oz gin
- ½ oz Saint Germain
- ½ oz elderflower cordial
- 2 oz cucumber juice
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- 1 egg white
- 4 dashes of Tabasco
- 4 cubes of ice
- 2 thin slices of cucumber
- A sprinkle of smoked paprika
- 4 cubes of ice
- To make the cucumber juice, peel ½ cucumber, puree it in a blender, and then strain the liquid so the pulp and juice separate. Alternatively, you could use a juicer.
- Put the gin, Saint Germain, elderflower cordial, cucumber juice, lime juice, egg white, Tabasco and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake very vigorously - you want the egg white to turn into a creamy foam.
- Pour into two martini glasses. The foam will instantly rise to the top.
- Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber, and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
Thank you Justin, you're a mixology magician!
P.S. My favorite 'Mediterranean-inspired' Gin & Tonic, elevated with limoncello and Angostura bitters.