August 22, 2010 (part of Cocktail Chronicle)
St-Germain Elderflower liqueur is essential here. If you believe their website, the blossoms are hand harvested in the foothills of Alps and ‘bicycled” to the processing facility by sturdy old peasant men and women. In the world of John Deere tractors with chaser bins, this sure makes a better marketing story. True or not, its somewhere between lychee and passion fruit aroma is the focal point of this drink.
I love the original recipe but unfortunately, I am out of lemons today. Lime makes a different drink but still delicious. Phew.
Based on 23 Skidoo in MIXSHAKESTIR (Makes 2):
- Half a lime, cut into 4 pieces
- 2 oz (4 tbsp) Gin
- 1 oz (2 tbsp) St-Germain Elderflower liquor
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 6 sprigs of thyme
- 6 oz of chilled sparking wine
- 2 sprigs of thymes for garnish (optional)
- Chill 2 champagne flutes.
- Muddle limes, thyme sprigs and simple syrup in a shaker.
- Add gin and St. German. If you can, put it aside for 2 hours or more.
- Before serving, add ice to shaker. Divide mixture equally among the chilled flutes.
- Top each glass with 3 oz (6 tbsp) of sparking wine. Drop a piece of ice and serve.