…from the Perspectives’ Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? It’s Friday and Happy Hour time. By week’s end, especially this week’s end, it is definitely time for cocktails. We have offered Spritzes and Fizzes before, but this one is a little dressier and will really bring out the fancy in you.
A Cucumber-Rose Gin Spritz is a classic combination of gin, lemon, and club soda. It gets a refreshing twist with cucumber, basil and black cardamom infused syrup. Dried rose petals add a subtle floral flavor, but more importantly it functions as a beautiful garnish.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail
1-1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) aromatic gin (I prefer Hendricks)
1-1/2 tablespoons Cucumber, Basil and Cardamom Syrup (see ChefSecret below)
1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
2 tablespoons club soda
Persian cucumber strips and dried rose petals (such as Rose Dose)
ChefSecret: If your garden produces more cukes than you can eat, try this refreshing syrup. It is great with seltzer, in a gin & tonic or just with vodka on the rocks.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
2 large cucumbers
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
12 large basil leaves
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cardamom pods
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon, juiced
Quip of the Day: Please drink gin responsibly. Don’t spill it!
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