With the shining sun and the somewhat warmer temps, I find myself gravitating to the gin section of my liquor cabinet more than I did in the winter. I want the rush of botanicals that gin brings to cocktails, whether it’s in a negroni, a gin & tonic, or something a little different like this gin grapefruit cocktail.
For the gin, I went with St. George Spirits Botanivore Gin. It’s made with 19 different botanicals including the standard juniper berries along with citrus peels, caraway, black peppercorn, fennel seed, star anise and more. I’ve used it before in a martini-like gin cocchi americano cocktail as well as a blackberry basil cocktail. It’s also good in a gin & tonic if you don’t feel like shaking or stirring.
Oh, and I should probably introduce you to the new spirit in this gin grapefruit cocktail. Say hello to Bittermens’ Amere Sauvage Liqueur. It’s an herbal liqueur flavored with yellow gentian root, chamomile and citrus peel. Think bitter, but in a good way. I picked up my bottle at Death & Taxes. You can order yours from DrinkUpNY.
- 1-1/2 ounces gin (I used St. George Botanivore Gin}
- ½ ounce Bittermens' Amere Sauvage Liqueur
- ½ ounce grapefruit juice
- ¼ ounce lime juice
- ¼ ounce Batavia Arrack
- ¼ ounce honey syrup (1:1)
- 1 dash lavender bitters (I used Scrappy's)
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme for garnish
- Add all ingredients except for garnish to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake and double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and enjoy!
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