I hate to admit that once August rolls around my brain mentally starts to shift towards fall. I love the months leading up to Summer and the activities that happen from June to the 4th of July, but for some reason August always feels like a fall prep month. This is partially due to the odd San Francisco summer weather where overcast skies and chilly days are the norm. I am trying to be better about embracing the seasons as they happen so I have to get festive in order to stay in the right mindset. I like cocktails all year long, but certain drinks just seem to taste better and more refreshing in the summertime. This elderflower gin smash is a more summery update of my favorite drink, the French gimlet. I replace lime juice with lemon, a handful of fresh mint leaves and add a few dashes of bitters to balance everything out.
Gin Elderflower Smash (recipe is for one cocktail)
6 mint leaves (gently tear them to release to aroma)
2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp. Sugar
3 dashes of bitters
1/4 cup of ice
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until well combined. Pour into a glass and garnish with more mint leaves and a small lemon wedge. You can adjust the amount of mint too depending on your preference. I love mint so I go for a lot!
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