Colonial Contest Runner-Up

The second of two runner-ups in the Colonial Summer Cocktail Contest, Anne Broadwater, shares a recipe that’s sure to stir up your senses!

This refreshing summer drink combines notes of fresh herbs + fruit from Italy, France and Switzerland – making you feel like you’re on vacation in your own home!

Summer Evening

  • 3 ounces The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
  • 2 ounces Vya Extra Dry Vermouth
  • 1 ounce Dolin Véritable Génépy Des Alpes Liqueur
  • 6 dashes Fee Brothers Celery Bitters
  • Lemon peels and small, fresh rosemary sprigs (for garnish)
  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice
  2. Stir for about 30 seconds, until well chilled
  3. Strain into two chilled martini glasses
  4. Rim each glass with a thin lemon peel, twist lemon peel above the drink and use for garnish
  5. Float a small fresh rosemary sprig on top of the drink before serving.
  6. Enjoy!

Yields two cocktails

A note from Anne: The summer season heralds an explosion of fresh herbs begging to be enjoyed! Their aromas coax us into finding new ways of celebrating their appeal to our senses. The Botanist Gin is a complex combination of 22 hand-foraged botanicals from an island in Scotland augmented with nine classic gin aromatics of berries, barks, seeds and peels. The Vya Extra Dry Vermouth, born from a blend of grapes in California’s Quady Winery, enhances the herbal palate. Alpine botanicals found in the Génépy Des Alpes Liqueur from the kingdom of Savoy and the regions of France, Switzerland and Italy add to the cocktail’s bouquet without overpowering the nose. The strong herbal notes of this drink are nicely balanced with the sweetness of the liqueur and tartness of the citrus. It’s delicious accompanied by a summer sunset!

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