I could easily drink a lot of these delicious cocktails every single day… but then I’d get all kinds of shades of Days of Wine and Roses. They are so refreshing and also universally likable, sort of like the popular girl in school who always said hi to you in the hallway. Not too sweet and not too strong. With the import of fresh vegetable juice, they are a perfect balance of telling yourself that you are being healthy while you are getting snoshed. This recipe is my gift to you, just don’t drink and drive, ok?
GARDEN PARTY (3.75 oz total, makes 1 cocktail)
.5 fresh squeezed lime
.5 fresh celery juice (juiced in a centrifugal vegetable juicer)
.5 cucumber (juiced in a centrifugal vegetable juicer)
.75 basil syrup
1.5 vodka or gin
2 dashes rhubarb bitters
Combine Spirit, juices, and syrup into a mixing glass or tin. Add ice, and shake hard for 10 seconds. Fine strain into a cocktail glass. Add 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters over top of the drink. Garnish with a Cucumber wheel, and enjoy.
In a pot, combine equal parts superfine granulated bakers sugar, water, and basil. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 mins. Let cool and fine strain contents into a bottle.
Photos: Elli Lauren