I did not grow much in my garden this year but thanks to mother nature and to my dear friend Cathy, I do have a cucumber plant and a mint plant that never dies. I’ve been experimenting with Beehive Jack Rabbit Gin so I was thrilled to find an old cocktail recipe that includes my two garden successes. The Botanist Cocktail is a perfect finale to a long summer.
Beehive Gin is just another reason why we love Utah so much. This product, like so many others, is not only providing gin to locals (hooray for that) but it sets a high standard for local products and drinks. This gin is catching on quickly around our neighborhood and I’m sure it will be popular beyond Utah’s borders.
This gin already boasts of botanical flavor. When you sip it straight you’ll find forward notes of juniper berries and rose along with hints of sage and citrus. The mint and lemon added into the cocktail perfectly compliment the natural flavor of the gin. Add a touch of simple syrup and a splash of St. Germain, and you have a perfectly herbal and balanced drink.
Since I wouldn’t have a garden without the help of a few friends this year, I’ll be tipping my glass with them and this cocktail very soon.
The Botanist Gin Cocktail
- 1½ ounce Beehive Distillery Jack Rabbit Gin, or other new western gin
- ½ ounce St-Germain liqueur
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- ¼ ounce simple syrup
- 2 cucumber slices, for garnish and mixing
- Mint sprig, plus a few leaves for garnish and mixing
- Shake all ingredients with ice, including 1 cucumber slice and a few mint leaves. Then strain into a rocks glass with 3 large ice cubes. Garnish with a cucumber slice and mint sprig.