Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cocktail Wednesdays: East End Cooler

East End Cooler

This week's East End Cooler includes the St. Germain elderflower liqueur we recently added to our repertoire as well as strawberries and mint, which have just begun to harvest from our garden.

East End Cooler

1 oz     Gin
3/4 oz  Elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
3/4 oz  Lemon juice
1/4 oz  Simple syrup
1/2       Strawberry (muddled)
1/2       Strawberry (sliced, as garnish)
1 sprig Mint (as garnish)

Muddle 1/2 strawberry in a mixing glass.  Add gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup.  Shake over ice.  Fill a highball glass with ice and slices of strawberry. and pour strained mixture into it.  Garnish with a sprig of mint.

The verdict: We both like this one very much.  It is a refreshing summer drink.  We were surprised by how well the elderflower blended with the gin and the mint.  All of the ingredients play nicely together.  In fact, Scott was saying how it seems that most of the gin drinks he likes involve citrus and fruit.  The East End Cooler serves a similar role to a mojito, gin and tonic, or a mint julep; refreshing, crisp, and summery, but not really fruity or tropical.

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