Summer is almost over! There are only two and a half weeks left of August, then it’s time to start looking toward fall and the holidays! I feel like New Year’s Eve was only a few days ago – it’s crazy how fast time goes by. It seems to go by even faster now that I’ve been out of college and in the real, working world. It’s okay, though – I always look forward to the end of the year. The beginning and middle are so boring! Either way, the end of summer will signal the end of my Summer Cocktail Series, sadly, so let’s go out with a bang! I’ll have three or four more tasty summer refreshments coming your way, and I hope that you will have the time to give them all a try before you’re sliding into your winter jacket and snow boots.
Believe it or not, I had never bought key limes before, but when I saw them on sale, I knew I had to pick up a bag of them. Key limes are smaller than your average lime, and they are more acidic, more tart, and less sweet, which I think makes for a fantastic cocktail, especially if you want something to really help you cool off without making you feel too heavy. I think that the key limes were just begging to be thrown together with some fresh mint, my new favorite elderflower liqueur, the French St. Germain, and some gin (I used another one of my local favorites, Breuckelen Gin, made right here in Brooklyn). I also found this lemongrass soda from the DRY Soda Company, based out of Seattle, that I really loved! It’s got a beautifully crisp, clean flavor, but without being too sweet – you really can just substitute club soda for the lemongrass soda if it isn’t available near you, but I found it at my local bodega and I really recommend picking some up, as there are a variety of flavors and I’m sure each one would lend itself well to any cocktail in place of your typical club soda. All of these combined made for a lovely summer beverage, and those who got a chance to sample this drink would definitely agree with me!
- 12 mint leaves, muddled
- juice of 16 key limes
- 6 ounces gin
- 3 ounces St. Germain liqueur
- lemongrass soda or club soda, to top off
- key lime slices, to garnish
- Muddle your mint leaves in the bottom of your shaker. Juice your limes and add the lime juice, gin, and St. Germain to your shaker. Fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain twice into two glasses filled with ice, top off with lemongrass soda or club soda, and garnish with a key lime slice.