The Secret Garden


I found a lovely violet-hued gin this afternoon and would love to make something nice with it, but I’m rather a dud of a mixologist. I’m tempted to concoct a potion with elderflower liqueur and crême de violette and lavender bitters just so I can call it “The Secret Garden”, but something tells me that I am trying to mix in too many things and the end result might not be  verypleasant. Any ideas for me?

8 Comments on The Secret Garden

  1. Impaire
    May 28, 2018 at 2:31 pm (3 years ago)

    i’d dispense with the elderflower and add some lemon juice, and you would have something quite lovely!

    • S. Elizabeth
      May 29, 2018 at 12:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Yeah, that elderflower can be awfully sweet!

  2. Liz
    May 29, 2018 at 12:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I would add some rosemary and grapefruit juice with possible a splash of seltzer to bubble it up.

    • S. Elizabeth
      May 29, 2018 at 12:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Oooh, any excuse for grapefruit juice…what a great idea!

      • Impaire
        May 29, 2018 at 5:20 pm (3 years ago)

        Grapefruit juice is also a lovely partner for elderflower! Gin, elderflower, grapefruit, and some bright bitters, with our without the selzer, would be light a refreshing with just a hint of mystery…

  3. MJ
    May 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Blackberry and Cucumber and tonic.

  4. steph
    June 10, 2018 at 9:09 am (3 years ago)

    that gin looks amazing!

    how about a good dash of elderflower liqueur and then top with Prosecco?

    or you could have it simply w lemon/lime/grapefruit juice and either tonic or soda (aka seltzer where you are)… elderflower and gin is a marriage made in heaven so wouldn’t go amiss here either

    or – seeing as it’s purple! – you could mix one part gin w/ 2 parts white vermouth and steep a few sprigs of lavender in the mixture over night, then strain into glasses and serve either neat w lots of ice, or add tonic or seltzer.

    I could go on (love gin cocktails) but just one more (a fancy one) – make a juniper syrup: in a small saucepan, bring 3oz sugar, 3 fl oz water, and 1tbs juniper berries to the boil, then using a fork mash them slightly in the liquid, and leave to steep until completely cold. strain into a sterilised bottle or jar, and keep in the fridge.
    to assemble: 3 parts gin, 1 part lemon juice, and juniper syrup (2tsp per glass), lots of crushed ice. yum!

    • S. Elizabeth
      June 11, 2018 at 3:27 pm (3 years ago)

      This all sounds amazing! Traveling now, but definitely going to give the prosecco idea a shot when I get home <3


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