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Rosemary Blood Orange Gin Cocktail

Whew!

Kinda wish I had a sexier name for this one, but hey! There’s truth in advertising, right? I mean, it has rosemary, blood orange and gin, what more do you want, people???

So, it’s Friday, and that means we should celebrate surviving another work week with a delicious cocktail.

rosemary blood orange gin cocktail

I’m pretty obsessed with this Legend Distilling Smoked Rosemary Gin. I was before, but I’m even more so now that I actually visited their distillery a couple weeks back while I was in Naramata.

It’s a very cozy space… I look forward to going back in the summer when the patio is open and having some brunch.

Several bottles of spirits (not just the Black Moon Gin) may have followed us home… watch this space for more recipes once I’ve had a chance to experiment a little more.

legend distilling blasted brew

All right! Let’s get on to the business at hand!

This recipe is inspired by one I recently saw on The Rhubarbarians. I made a few modifications, including thinly-slicing and dehydrating my blood oranges for garnish like they do at Juniper.

Salut!

rosemary blood orange cocktail

Rosemary Blood Orange Gin Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3-4 dashes angostura bitters
  • 5-6 fresh rosemary leaves, plus additional sprigs for garnish
  • 1 blood orange, plus additional slices for garnish
  • 1.5 oz gin (I used Legend Distilling Black Moon Gin)
  • sparkling water or tonic
  • ice

Method:

  1. Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a glass, and add the bitters to it. Using a muddler, mush the sugar up. Add the rosemary leaves and continue to muddle.
  2. Juice the blood orange, taking care to strain out the pips. Add it to the drink and stir.
  3. Add the gin and stir.
  4. Add ice, stir, then top up with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of blood orange.

 

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How to Make a Classic Margarita

Good news! The forecast is calling for a hot, sunny weekend–they are predicting temps of up to 30 degrees!

That’s cool, though. I’ve got your back. What you want to to do is co-opt your children’s kiddie pool and sit in it all weekend in your lawn chair and sip on one of these bad boys. You’ll be just fine.

I’m primarily a red wine drinker most of the year, but in late spring and early summer, I start to turn towards lighter, more refreshing beverages. Like ciders, white wines, sangrias, and even beer. But there are few drinks that are more refreshing and simply made for summer than the margarita.

You see, tequila comes from Mexico, a traditionally hot country. So they get it. This drink is a simple mixture of ice, tequila, acid (primarily lime), sweetness, and salt, which makes it really the perfect drink to hit all your tastebuds and every single one of them happy.

When I was in Mexico in January, let’s just say I drank… ummmm a lot of these.

I recently had the opportunity to attend another Tequila Tasting, this one put on by Sauza. We got to try 5 different tequilas, ranging from your standard, perfect-for-margaritas (Sauza Silver) variety, to one that had been barrel-aged three times, and had similar tasting notes to a scotch (Hornitas Black Barrel).

sauza tequila tasting

I happily came home with a bottle of my favourite sip of the night: Sauza’s Hornitos Reposado. Reposado is my favourite kind of tequila, as it is aged in oak for 2-4 months, which makes it very smooth to drink, and gives it a slightly golden colour. Tasty.

I haven’t had a margarita since I got home from Mexico. Partly it’s because the experience of drinking a margarita in Mexico was such a special one, I didn’t think anything here could stand up to it. But I did get busy in my kitchen the other night, and the end result took me back to to those warm pool-side days with a view of the Ocean.

This recipe, by the way, is for a classic margarita, which is made in a cocktail shaker, not a blender. I’ll likely do some experimenting with blended margaritas and the fresh strawberries that are in season this weekend.

classic margarita

How to Make a Classic Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz good-quality tequila (I am using Hornitos® Reposado)
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orange juice (some people like to use Grand Marnier or Triple Sec here)
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar or simple syrup
  • lime slice, garnish
  • salt

Method: 

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into margarita glass with fresh ice and half rimmed with salt. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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