Despite the inconsistent spring weather, there are things blooming here in the District of Columbia. It probably won't be the best year for the cherry blossoms on the tidal basin, but the trees are trying to tough it out after a cold snap caught them in mid-bloom.
So, we are dedicating this blog entry to spring and it's blossoms - which happens to work out well for the art (Chris has been doing a lot of flower paintings recently) and for the cocktail.
For our vodka-based drink, we are also featuring St. Germain - an elderflower liquor made from flowers that are gathered from the hillsides in the French Alps each spring. In a nod to our local blossoms, we have added cherry juice and cherry bitters to the cocktail (along with some citrus to brighten the flavor).
We think this drink has the taste of spring - and it does look nice and fresh with the blossoms from our garden. Happy spring!
1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. St. Germain
1 oz. Tart Cherry juice
1/2 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
dash of Cherry bitters
dash of Orange bitters
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a flower.
|Camelia from the Garden|