A Spring Cocktail
The weather is slowly, a little too slow for me since its supposed to dip back down to the low 50’s by the end of the week, but surely, hopefully, getting warmer. I was teased with a beautiful 70+ degree weather weekend and wanted to stay outside and soak it all in. I even debuted my toes, rocking some sandals for the first time this year. I may have been a little ambitious but it’s that Cali girl in me that I refuse to let go.
But with the warmer weather comes my excitement for outdoor dining and entertaining. And this is a great spring cocktail to kick start the season. Lillet rose, gin and grapefruit juice! That’s all, three ingredients and you’ve got yourself a lovely sipper.
I’ve always been a margarita girl but I recently became a bourbon fan, which I think was a perfect choice to warm my bones in the winter. Plus, the husband makes a mean sidecar and we’ve been having fun experimenting with new cocktails with bourbon, ginger beer and bitters at home.
Since I’ve got my eye on the warmer weather, I decided to experiment with a “lighter liquor.” I first heard about this gin on Rachel‘s blog. Just like she, I so happened to be in Bar Keeper while visiting LA and once I spotted the St. George’s gin, I had to try it. This is also where first noticed Lillet rose, a french apertif wine. I didn’t buy it then but the salesperson spoke so highly of the Lillet, I knew I had to try it. Tricky thing is, although the Lillet white and red wines are readily available, the Lillet rose’ is fairly new and was not easy to find in Atlanta. But luckily, when this girl is determined, nothing will stop me.
Finally, after all the components were in place, it was time to let the cocktail making begin.
For 2 cocktails, combine 2 oz. each of chilled Lillet rose and grapefruit juice and 1 oz. of gin, in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain the drink into the glasses and enjoy.
Quick, simple and you’re done. Time to enjoy your refreshing cocktail.marthastewart.com