This is a beautiful twist on a caipiroska, which if you remember from one of my very first posts, is a caipirinha with vodka instead of cachaça. I like all of the cocktails I’ve posted, but this one could be the new crème de la crème for me. Perfect for any time of year really, but especially for summer which is fast approaching. It’s fresh, slightly herbal, with swirls of sweet and delicately sour notes. We’ve been reaching for the following ingredients, more often than others!
adapted from: 101 Mojitos
makes 1 cocktail
4 lemon wedges* plus wheel for garnish if desired
1 oz simple syrup
1 sprig rosemary
1 ½ oz citrus vodka (recommended: Stoli Citros)
½ oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur**
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon wedges with the simple syrup and rosemary. Add the vodka and elderflower liqueur, top with ice, and shake vigorously. (A good rule is to shake it until the metal becomes too cold to touch.) Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Scoop out the muddled rosemary sprig and drop it into the drink, and garnish with a lemon wheel if desired.
* The width of the lemon slices are up to you, depending on the amount of lemon flavor you like. I use somewhat thinly sliced lemons, definitely not too thick, or the drink will lean more towards the tart side.
**St-Germain (Pronounced somewhat like San-Jer-Man in your best French accent) is an (or I should say THE) elderflower liqueur. Check out this witty page for its charming history, how it is made, and its unique flavor description. I love the idea of old men harvesting the blossoms and carting them around on their bicycles….