Ginger doesn’t often find its way into gin drinks, but the two are a natural fit—and not just because they sound alike. Ginger highlights the spice and zest that’s present in most gins. This cocktail from Bit House Saloon in Portland takes advantage of that dynamic duo and throws in some homemade lavender cordial as well, which coaxes out gin’s natural floral notes. Add a bit of lemon before topping with a light and spritzy mix of soda and tonic water, and you’ll never look at the Gin and Tonic the same ever again.
17 oz gin
2 oz lavender
8.75 oz simple syrup
4.25 oz honey
- In a jar, combine gin and lavender. Let steep for 30 minutes.
- Strain the lavender infusion, and discard lavender.
- Add remaining ingredients to infused gin and shake to combine.
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Ginger
1 Bay Leaf
0.5 tbsp Black Pepper
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat.
- Cool and refrigerate overnight. Strain with a fine sieve the next day.
- Makes approx. 2 cups of syrup.