Au jardin cocktail


It’s so nice to have gardening weather again. There’s a storm brewing, but we are in the gazebo, cocktails in hand.

2 oz white cranberry juice
1 1/2 oz Citadelle gin
1/2 oz Crème d’Yvette
1/4 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur

Three Citrus Elderflower Martini


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.

Tall bottles

This week we were hit with a $10,000 plumbing bill, so we will be “drinking out of the larder” for awhile. This “tall bottle” cocktail used up some back-of-the-cabinet supplies.


1 1-2 oz Tanqueray Ten gin
3/4 oz Pama pomegranate liqueur
1/4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1/8 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur