Happy First Day of Spring, y’all! To get us into the swing of the season, today’s recipe–the blooming gin garden cocktail–is fragrant, floral, herbal, and, best of all, delicious! I like gin cocktails–probably because they’re strong–but a lot of folks aren’t fans. It’s different from many other types of liquor because it has an herbaceous taste to it, which is usually due to juniper or some other type of botanical element. The trick to making a good gin cocktail is incorporating natural ingredients that complement this (think fruits, veggies, and herbs).
For example, this hibiscus French 75 incorporates gin, hibiscus and lemon and the result is flawless. The classic gin garden cocktail is another excellent example–it’s got elderflower, cucumber, and apple. Some variations incorporate basil and or mint, as well. My blooming gin garden cocktail amplifies the garden theme with a floral palette of violet, rose, hibiscus, and elderflower. It’s the perfect drink for spring, simple to make, and requires just a few ingredients. Like my bubbly bourbon & berries cocktail, it’s easy to drink even if you aren’t normally a fan of the kind of liquor involved.
The purple color of this drink may not necessarily scream “garden” but it comes from a good place. That place is violet liqueur. If you’re into the dirty Sprite look without the side effects, this blooming gin garden cocktail might be the one for you. 🙂 And, although you can’t tell by looking at it, elderflower liqueur plays a significant part in the taste of this drink too.
My affinity for elderflower liqueur has resulted in me making overtures like these turnt tequila mimosas, the cherry elderflower smash, and last month’s blushing bride cocktail. A bit of sparkling water makes this drink light and effervescent, which is perfect for putting some springtime pep in your step and making you feel like you’re getting your hydration on. You can add edible flower garnishes for an extra flair or just get straight to the sippin’ if you don’t have time for all that. 🙂
The final major key in this blooming gin garden cocktail is the rose + hibiscus extract from Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. A reader asked me to share a cocktail recipe featuring this particular ingredient a while back and this creation stems from that request. I’ve also partnered with Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. to give away (giveaway now closed) four prize packs including the rose + hibiscus extract and a bunch of other goodies to stock your home bar! Entry instructions are just below the next picture.
One prize is up for grabs here on the blog. To enter, you must be a Dash of Jazz subscriber and let me know your favorite springtime cocktail in the comments section below. If you aren’t already subscribed, you can do so here:
Three more prizes are available on the ‘gram. Head to my Instagram later today to enter for the chance to win one of three Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. prize packs to help you recreate this cocktail at home. 🙂 I will contact the winner on 3/23/18. And be sure to let me know if you have any cocktail recipe requests–I love experimenting with them. 🙂 If you haven’t seen it yet, I shared this orange lavender mimosas recipe just last week. Thanks for reading!