I find inspiration for cocktails: in food, in deserts, but most often, I find inspiration in the spirits themselves. Whenever I'm getting acquainted with a new spirit, I taste it neat, and identify the primary flavors. I then try to think about what other flavors will either compliment or contrast against the dominant flavors in that spirit and build a concept around that. Lemongrass is a flavor that struck me in the new Bowling & Burch gin, the small batch gin made from 17 botanicals grown on the Limestone Branch Distillery grounds. I was surprised to see Lemongrass as an ingredient in their gin, because it is an ingredient that I love and use a lot when I'm cooking. I wanted to try an unexpected cocktail playing up the lemongrass flavor - and immediately thought about a Saturn.
The Saturn is a classic Tiki drink, invented in 1967 that uses gin, lemon juice, passionfruit, orgeat and velvet falernum. They are delicious, and even more delicious when made with lemongrass infused gin. I made mine with passion fruit syrup, but I always recommend using fresh juice whenever possible.
Created by Gastronomista
1-1/2 oz Lemongrass Infused Bowling & Burch Gin
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/4 oz Velvet Falernum
Shake with ice and strain into a Tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh lemongrass stalk, a fresh flower, and a cocktail cherry.
Lemongrass Infused Gin
3 Stalks Lemongrass
1 Cup Gin
Combine in a non-reactive container and let sit for one week before serving.
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