Summer

Long evenings of dappled light
Cicadas
Watermelon with a touch of salt
Lightning Bugs
Bare feet
Weathered quilts, worn to a softness that only time and usefulness provide
Thunderstorms
Evening cocktails
Tobacco fields
Bluebirds
Secrets
Baseball
Peach juice running down your chin
Ocean waves
Linen
Birthdays
A cacophony of frogs
Honeysuckle
Wishes
Sun-kissed skin
Summer.


I’ve already discussed one of my Summertime favorites at the end of this post , bourbon slush. And it’s become quite clear to me that I drink an ample amount of gin during the hotter months. With that in mind, I share with you a super simple drink, a Gin Elderflower Cocktail:

elderflower

First and foremost, the specific ingredients are key. A London dry gin to start – I often purchase Broker’s as the price is excellent and the flavor is great. Very dry, works in most any gin cocktail. And, well, the bowler hat they cap it with is pretty excellent kitsch.

The Belvoir Elderflower cordial is another must-have. It’s getting harder and harder to find locally, although you can find it on Amazon if nowhere else. They also have some nice lemonades and sparkling waters that make great mixers. I’ve even seen a few in the local Target on occasion.

And lastly, I can’t say it enough, so I’ll say it again – use a good quality tonic. Sure, I use whatever the grocery store has available in a pinch, but I have really found a great difference in the flavor and enjoyment of my cocktails when using what I consider, a “cleaner” tonic. Q tonic is sweetened with organic agave and uses natural quinine; Fever-Tree is sweetened with cane sugar, also using natural quinine. I guarantee if you line either one of these up against your high fructose corn syrup brands, you will notice a difference.

So, now that you have my two cents on the ingredients, the cocktail itself comes together quite easily…..

  • healthy shot of London dry gin
  • about 1-1.5oz of Belvoir Elderflower Cordial
  • 2-3 cubes of ice, topped with tonic

And that’s it. Sip while thinking about the long hot Summer ahead….