This summer I have been honing my mixology skills. Among my go-to liqueurs/ingredients are gin, Lillet Blanc, Suze, Chartreuse, Aperol, Campari and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Of these, my base ingredients for most concoctions are gin, Lillet Blanc and lemon juice…and they have never produced an inferior cocktail. It has reached a point where I must document and name my creations so that I (and friends and readers) can recreate them! Here goes…
This is one of the most refreshing, both in flavor and appearance. The Cocchi Americana Rosa bitter tastes of grapefruit, so it seemed appropriate to incorporate some freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
Ingredients for One Cocktail:
1 jigger gin (I enjoy Damrak Gin’s citrusy flavor.)
1 jigger Lillet Blanc
1 jigger Cocchi Americano Rosa
0.5 jigger lemon juice
0.5 jigger grapefruit juice
Splash of Rainier cherry juice
Fresh mint for garnish
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake over ice, and strain. A vintage champagne coupe is the perfect vessel for this summer apéritif.