When the weather warms up I start to crave a cocktail with crisp, fresh ingredients – something that “wakes up” your palate from the heavy richness of the winter season (let’s be honest though, I drink cabernet sauvignon year round!)
In my search for something fresh to sip, I concocted this cocktail with ingredients that I already had in my fridge and the result? FAB! Check out how to craft your own “Love & Lemon” (yes I just made that up…) cocktail below & please enjoy responsibly!
“Love & Lemon” Ingredients:
- 2 oz. Gin (I use Hendrick’s)
- the juice from 1 meyer lemon
- a couple of sprigs of fresh cilantro (the leaves plucked from the stems)
- simple syrup
- Angostura Bitters
Add the chopped cilantro leaves & a splash of simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Cut one meyer lemon & juice it into the cocktail shaker. Muddle all those ingredients together.
Add 2 oz gin to the cocktail shaker (editors note: I’m not a “gin lover” but Hendrick’s has a light, floral essence that is super-drinkable. Plus, adding the citrus to the cocktail balances out the flavor perfectly! Even if you don’t like gin, you should give this cocktail a try)
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, give it a few good shakes, and strain the mixture into a martini glass (I like sipping out of a martini glass but you can certainly use a rocks glass, too!)
Add a couple of sprinkles of angostura bitters to give it a final herbacious flavor to balance the tart of the lemon
Garnish with a slice of meyer lemon & VOILA! A fresh, perfectly balanced spring cocktail!
Happy sipping, womanistas!
xo, The Womanista