Plum Tarragon Fizz

Plum Gin Cocktail

My backyard is full of tasty plums! Inspired by the Peach Lemonade Punch, I created a Plum Fizz that also used the tarragon and Meyer lemons from the garden (as well as the Nolet’s I received).

You could easily use another basil and/or lime instead, and it would pair well with the plum and gin. It’s refreshing and summery …

Plum Tarragon Fizz
1 ripe plum, pitted and sliced (reserve 2-3 slices)
3 large sprigs of tarragon (reserve 1 sprig)
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce simple syrup
Seltzer
2 Meyer lemon slices

Muddle the sliced plum and tarragon in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin and simple syrup then shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice cubes and reserved plum slices. Top off with seltzer and garnish with lemon and tarragon sprigs.

Summer Party Punch: Peach Lemonade Punch

Peach Lemonade Gin Punch for SummerNolet’s is one of my favorite gins. The lovely floral notes go perfectly with summer fruit, so I took them up on their offer to send me a bottle so I could create my own summer punch. As inspiration, they gave me this peachy recipe. Sounds like it would be great for a big barbecue.

I’m thinking my recipe will use plums from my backyard, but in the mean time here’s another stonefruit-and-gin combo to try!

Peach Lemonade Punch

750 ml Gin
2.25 L Lemonade
375 ml Elderflower liqueur
2 bags frozen peaches or 3-4 peaches (pitted nad sliced)

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher or jar and stir. Serve over ice and garnish with a peach slice.

Gin Cucumber Basil Smash

Gin Cucumber Basil Smash

The Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Basil Smash

Summer has announced itself very loudly around these parts. While I’m not into the heat, I am into summer cocktails. My cucumber plant is already producing. Time for a cucumber cocktail!

Gin Cucumber Basil Smash
Created by Hendrick’s National Brand Ambassador, Jim Ryan

1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
One small bunch of basil (3-5 leaves)
3-5 cucumber wheels

In a mixing glass, muddle basil, cucumber and simple syrup. Add gin, lemon juice and ice. Shake well and fine strain into an iced double rocks glass. Garnish with a bunch of basil and a cucumber wheel.

Hendrick’s Gin sent me this delicious recipe. I don’t share brand recipes often … but when I do, it’s because I like them!

I wasn’t provided with any product or compensation for posting

Cynar Cocktail: Red Letter Day

redletterdayI didn’t realize what Cynar could do until I went to Buenos Aires, where it’s a more popular cocktail ingredient than vodka. Even though Cynar is made with artichoke leaves, it doesn’t actually taste like artichokes. It has more of a bittersweet herbal flavor that adds a little kick to drinks. (The Cynar folks tell me it’s named after cynarin, a property of artichokes that makes your tastebuds perceive food and drink as sweeter.)

Speaking of the Cynar folks … they sent me a lovely package that included Cynar and some other cocktail ingredients. I don’t post recipes sent by brands unless I like them. And this one was a big hit with me! It’s light and refreshing (perfect warm for late-summer nights) but with a sophisticated depth and hint of sweetness that doesn’t take over your palate like sweeter Mojito-style cocktails can.

Cynar isn’t as whammo bold as Campari, though they are both aperitifs. But it still offers that touch of Italy and bitterness that is perfect for before a meal (or after).

Red Letter Day

1 ounce Cynar
1 ounce Applejack
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce ginger syrup
1/4 ounce grenadine
Club soda to top (about 4 ounces, according to taste)
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Pour all ingredients except the club soda and bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Then strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with soda and bitters.

I used Laird’s Bonded Applejack, Morris Kitchen ginger syrup, and Fee Brothers grenadine. But you could make your own ginger syrup by cooking up  2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, and a six-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced. As for grenadine, I recommend making DIY grenadine.

Recipe by Tonia Guffey of Dram in Brooklyn

Cucumber Basil Gimlet

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The garden at Savvy Housekeeping is overflowing with cucumbers! So we got together and made this lovely, late-summer cocktail with some of the bounty. It has a delicate and sweet flavor that’s a good antidote to the muggy weather we’re having now. We used lemon cucumbers and purple basil, but you can also use English cucumber and whatever your favorite basil variety is.

Cucumber Basil Gimlet

1 English cucumber or 2-3 small lemon cucumbers
8 basil leaves
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
2 oz gin

Peel the cucumbers, then chop into chunks and discard the peels. Muddle basil, cucumber, lime, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and gin, then shake for 15-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Photo by Savvy Housekeeping