Witches’ Garden Cocktail Recipe

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Created by Death to Sour Mix: The Witches garden reminds me of my mother. She sure as hell doesn’t drink (though she did kick back a shot of Hibiki the day of my wedding) and I’m sure she wishes I didn’t either, but when I think of gardens (this month’s theme), I think of her.

Ingredients:

Serve in a Martini Glass

  • 1 1/2 oz Hendrick’s gin
  • 3/4 oz Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao
  • 2 dashes of Scrappy’s lavender bitters
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz guava syrup*

Garnish: Sage Leaves

Required Tools

How to Make

For the Syrup

  1. take 2 cups of fresh guava juice, 10 sage leaves, the zest of a lemon (juiced later for the drink) & a bit of grated allspice. Combine them and bring to a boil.
  2. When cooled, double strain into a glass bottle and refrigerate it. Should hold up for a week or 2.

For the Cocktail

  1. Add all to a shaker with some ice and go to town with your preferred method of shaking.
  2. Double strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a few sage leaves on a single lavender branch. Once it looks like a prom corsage, you’re set.

About

I used guava here as the base of it all because lets be honest, that fruit is fucking amazing; Not only does it taste and smell lovely but (the pink type) has this rich color too. The best is to peel and juice and strain them but to be honest, I go to this little Cuban place where they do the heavy lifting for me. Yes. I am lazy. Lavender and sage are basically naturally born BFF’s and gin, with its array of botanicals, is there to tie it all up.

If you want to be super crazy, this works wonders with a dry junmai sake instead of the gin, making it much lower in proof but twice as fun.

Guava gomme infused with sage & lemon zest: Initially I had this as a syrup with lavender in it but after making it a few times, it just works so much better when mixed with some gum Arabic, thickening it a bit and using lavender bitters instead. Serious Drinks has an easy tutorial on gomme syrup which you can quickly adapt this with.

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