Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Rebecca

The "Saturday Sipper" is back! Each Saturday throughout the summer we'll explore a panoply of crazy and exotic combinations of libations to shake, swizzle, and sip our way to autumn. Come along with us, won't you? Click to see our Saturday Sippers from last year!

This first Saturday Sipper is named after my fabulous cousin Becky who not only introduced us to Hendrick's Gin—as distinguished and unique as she herself is—but she also introduced us to this citrusy mix of grapefruit juice and Hendrick's. Becky is just jetting back from Lake Maggiore and Venice, Italy with her husband and three kids (Not sure how she managed to rendezvous with George Clooney with them around, wink wink!) We added a splash of St. Germain to this mix, a très exotic cordial made with the elderflower blossoms to ultimately make a perfect balance of sweet, citrusy and tart. We also just happened to have a flowering black lace (sambucus) elderberry shrub in our yard, so the timing of this drink was paramount indeed. Stay cool and welcome home Rebecca, this one's for you!

2 oz Hendrick's Gin
6 oz freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
splash of St. Germain in each glass
frosty ice

Put ice in two glasses, add gin, grapefruit juice, St. Germaine, and mix with spoon. Garnish with grapefruit peel and elderberry blossom if you happen to have a flowering shrub nearby! Watch out darlings, this one goes down easy.

Makes two mouth puckering Rebeccas!

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