Hendrick's 75 Cocktail

Hendrick's 75 Cocktail

Follow the river, and go through the woods here at the CVI property and you will end up in a magical grove of Christmas spruce trees. Nestled among these trees are our very own prolific beehives, dripping with the most delicious honey. I wanted to capture this enchanting place in an imbibable form, where every sip will take you back time and again. Honey and spruce were a natural starting point, and juniper soon followed, which led to the obvious choice of liquor: Gin. What else could make it magical? Well, bubbles of course! A gnarled turn on the classic French 75 cocktail produces a fresh and fun drink worthy of winter celebrations. 

 

Ingredients:

  • For the Juniper and Spruce Honey syrup:
  • Juniper berries
  • 3  four inch sprigs (fresh spruce) 
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ oz Hendrick’s Gin
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ oz juniper and spruce honey syrup
  • 2 oz prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • Fresh huckleberries, or lemon twist for garnish

Directions:

  • In a small saucepan, dissolve raw honey in boiling water.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, crush the juniper berries a bit to allow for maximum flavor extraction.
  • Remove honey syrup from heat and immediately add crushed juniper berries and spruce sprigs.
  • Cover and let steep for at least 15 minutes.
  • Taste every so often, as you do not want the juniper and spruce flavor to overpower the cocktail.
  • When the honey syrup has taken on just enough of the flavor profile, strain out the juniper and spruce.
  • Let cool completely and refrigerate. 


For the Cocktail:

  • Chill a traditional coupe glass.
  • In a shaker, combine Hendrick’s Gin, lemon, and juniper and spruce honey syrup.
  • Add ice and shake.
  • Strain mixture into chilled coupe glass.
  • Top with 2 oz ice cold prosecco and garnish with fresh huckleberries. 

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