The Journey to Eden Begins with Gin and Rhubarb

Sometimes you want something that is simple to prepare, light, and refreshing for those hot summer days. Many people turn to Gin and Tonic as that classic summer sipper or a crisp white wine. For that reason I have taken Gin and Proscecco in order to create the:

The Journey to Eden
8 ozs London Dry Gin (Gordon’s)
3.5 ozs Rhubarb Syrup
2 ozs lemon juice
8 dashes Peach Bitters (Fee Brother’s)
2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters (Fee Brother’s)
12 ozs Prosecco (La Marca)

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Notes:
It is crisp, light and without being cloyingly sweet. The bitters dance in unison with the sparkling wine as it has notes of fresh summer peaches and ripe grapefruit. The rhubarb and gin unite, creating a uniquely satisfying flavor. It is like summer in a glass with both floral and fruity notes tickling your nose and soothing. A note on the Prosecco, it is a steal at around $12/750ml. It is light and crisp. The flavor is ripe and fresh, full of citrus, peaches, apples, and grapefruit with hints of spring flowers on the nose.

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Marmalade Sour

I saw this drink on Jamie Boudreau’s website. While he used 3 oz of cachaça in his drink i decided to reduce it to 2.5 oz. I felt that 3 oz was a little too much for my taste.  I also  added 2 drops of Fee’s Grapefruit bitters to bring out some of the grapefruit flavor hidden in the marmalade

Marmalade Sour (My Version)
2.5 oz Cachaça
.75 oz Lemon Juice
2 dashes Fee’s Orange Bitters
2 dashes Fee’s Grapefruit Bitters
1 egg white
2 barspoons of low-sugar Orange/Citrus/Grapefruit Marmalade
 
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well, without ice, until the egg white is fluffed and frothy about 10-15secs. Then add ice and shake for an additional 10 secs. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Notes:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The egg white creates a nice light texture for the drink. The flavors of the Cachaça really come through and are nicely rounded out by the sweetness of marmalade. The bitters and the lemon juice create a nice bite to the cocktail. Overall I think its a great cocktail.

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