I loved this refreshing and elegant cocktail, and I think it would make a lovely addition to a brunch spread in lieu of a mimosa or bellini. Oregano just happens to be rich in fiber, vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, and carrots are rich in vitamin A, and don’t forget the vitamin C from the grapefruit juice. I guess you could say even though this is a cocktail, it does have some healthy components as well! I recommend starting with 1/4 ounce of the passion fruit syrup, then adding more if you would like it to be sweeter. I also suggest doubling, tripling, or quadrupling the gin and oregano if you want to make more than 1 cocktail.
adapted from: Zen and Tonic
makes: 1 drink
3 ounces gin
7 oregano sprigs, plus 1 more for garnish
2 ounces carrot juice, freshly juiced if possible
1 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce passion fruit syrup, store bought or homemade*
Let the oregano infuse in the gin for 24 hours, then strain.
Combine all the ingredients, except the reserved oregano sprig, in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
Strain the mixture over ice into a cocktail glass and garnish with the reserved oregano sprig.
*To make the passion fruit syrup:
Combine 1 cup honey, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup passion fruit pulp and juice in a saucepan over low heat and bring to a boil. Let sit for 30 minutes to cool. Strain into a clean jar, cover, and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
I have a hard time finding passion fruit where I live, so I just use BG Reynolds Passion Fruit Tropical Syrup for recipes like this.