Although I’ve gotta say, this cocktail worked reeeeeeeally well for a sunny afternoon patio sipping session one recent Saturday.
Why? Four reasons:
A) It’s light and refreshing;
B) Bubbles are always fun;
C) Fresh mint will wake you right up; and
D) The gin gives you something to think about.
What Goes With It? Sparkling conversation among good friends provides the best pairing. Other than that I’d say maybe a little fresh fruit – strawberries would be nice.
Recipe by Ilise Goldberg, Inspiration by Real Simple
Makes one cocktail
- 1 ½ ounces Gin (such as Hendricks)
- ½ ounce Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
- ¼ ounce Freshly squeezed Lime Juice
- 1 ounce Mint Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
- Champagne or Sparkling Wine
- Mint leaves for garnish
- Load a shaker with ice and add all liquid ingredients except champagne. Shake well.
- Strain the drink into a champagne flute or coupe.
- Top with champagne, gently stir and garnish with sprig of mint.
Mint Simple Syrup:
To make simple syrup combine one cup of water and a little less than half a cup of sugar. Coarsely chop a big bunch of mint (about 1 ½ to 2 cups). Heat sugar and water in a pan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the liquid looks clear. Add mint and let simmer for about 5 minutes over low heat. Remove from heat and let steep another 10-15 minutes. Pour and strain liquid into a heat resistant container and let cool. Refrigerate once cool – will last for several weeks.