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Matthew Kelly/Supercall

Gin • Sour
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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.

The Essentials

gin
ginger syrup
Tonic
Shaker
The Details
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Ingredients

1 oz lavender cordial
1.25 oz gin
.5 oz ginger syrup
.75 oz lemon juice
Soda water
Tonic

Method

  • Add all ingredients, except soda water and tonic, to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Top with equal parts soda water and tonic.
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Lavender Cordial
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Ingredients

17 oz gin
2 oz lavender
8.75 oz simple syrup
4.25 oz honey

Method

  • 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.
Ginger Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Ginger
1 Bay Leaf
0.5 tbsp Black Pepper

Method

  • 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.