Hope you had a fabulous weekend, and an equally wonderful start to the week. It's a big one for us with a trip to Seattle, a recital, and a milestone birthday, and I couldn't be more excited for what's to come!
Let's keep it simple and slushy this weekend, shall we?
1 oz Campari
1 oz gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz syrup
juice of one orange
Add all ingredients to a blender with roughly six ounces of ice. Blend until smooth, adding ice to achieve the desired texture. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with an orange wheel.
Notes: You're throwing simple syrup, oj and ice into this classic cocktail, so there's no need to pull out your best gin (or sweet vermouth). Go easy on the ice as you figure out the perfect consistency of your frozen negroni, and simply increase the recipe for bigger batches perfect for porch sitting–cheers!
We got home yesterday from the most joyful and intentional celebration of two dear friends, and I am still over the moon. Over the course of four days, we must have drunk a combined dozen cases of rosé, eaten ten pounds of cherries (in the couple's vanilla-buttercream cake, served on handmade cake plates we took home), and all sweat through our clothes on the dance floor. I can't imagine a better weekend.
We've got a big week ahead—John and I are headed to Omaha to celebrate the marriage of two of our dearest friends—but before we leave there's gin to be made and music to be studied (so much music to be studied!). In the meantime, I'll be dreaming of romantic rose bouquets studded with raspberries and boys in black tie.
John and I may be thinking about nothing but fall flavors, but we're drinking summery cocktails, including this lemonade, punched up with tarragon and gin!
10 sprigs tarragon
2 thinly-sliced lemons
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup gin
3/4 cup elderflower liqueur
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Gently muddle tarragon, lemon slices and sugar in a large pitcher. Add gin, elderflower and lemon juice; stir to combine. Add ice and club soda, then serve.
Notes: We can hardly keep St George's Botanivoire gin in stock at our house, and it's the spirit I'd use in this botanical cocktail. That said, your favorite unaged gin will be delightful in this pitcher cocktail that serves six. So invite a few friends over, and cheers!
I adore this delicate botanical invitation—and the muted palette reminds me of the autumn gin recipe we've been perfecting this week. Can't wait to share more details soon! In the meantime, what are you loving?
Author and editor Lena is an academic and classically trained coloratura soprano who adores F. Scott Fitzgerald and hand-written notes,
believes every household should have a chilled bottle of Champagne on hand,
and loves very few things more than a perfectly placed polka dot.