Three Citrus Elderflower Martini

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Today I started a batch of homemade tonic syrup, which seems to be all the rage these days. The recipe called for the zest of three lemons, three limes and two oranges. Naturally I had to juice those sad naked fruits and use the juices in a cocktail. I used two English ingredients to round it out since G&Ts were on my mind (alas, the tonic needs to steep for 72 hours before I will know if the experiment is a success!)

1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
2 oz gin
1/2 oz elderflower liqueur

Shake well and fine strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Jour de l’An cocktail

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1 inch slice of crystallized ginger, minced
3 dashes Fee Brothers cranberry bitters
10 cranberries
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1 oz vodka
1 oz POM pomegranate juice

In a cocktail shaker muddle together the minced ginger, cranberries, cranberry bitters and Cointreau. Add ice to the shaker and add Lillet, vodka and POM. Shake well. Fine strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with cranberries and a slice of crystallized ginger.

Happy New Year!