Refreshing libations perfect for summer soirees.
RECIPES COURTESY OF DAVID ALAN,
TIPSY TEXAN (TIPSYTEXAN.COM)
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JENNA NOEL,
EDIBLE AUSTIN (EDIBLEAUSTIN.COM)
1½ ounces gin
Muddle the cucumber with the simple syrup. Add the lemon juice and gin. Shake and fine-strain* into a rocks glass over ice. Top with the Q Tonic and rose water.
* Fine-straining refers to straining the cocktail with both the Hawthorne strainer (attached to the mixing glass) and a mesh or tea strainer held by your non-pouring hand between the shaker and the glass. This technique will catch all of the herb or fruit particles and make for a perfectly clean cocktail.
1 Kaffir lime leaf
Muddle the Kaffir lime leaf in the mixing tin; the leaf is tough so it’s OK to be aggressive. You should smell the aroma of the leaf. In the mixing glass, muddle the tomato in the simple syrup. Add the lime juice, vodka, and rum. Shake with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a Kaffir lime leaf and/or a pear tomato.
* Make your own simple syrup by simmering equal parts sugar and water until sugar dissolves.
1½ ounces Pisco
Muddle fruit and herbs in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add spirits and juice then shake with ice and fine-strain* into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and a whole raspberry.