After what's seemed like five straight months of unrelenting chill and fog, a few Summer days have finally descended on the city, and it's hot. I'm talking feel-the-sidewalks-baking, pool-dipping hot — a rare sight in June in San Francisco.
It's climes like these that call for a refreshing spritzer of a cocktail. It's hard to beat a classic gin and tonic, but this variation — which includes elderflower liqueur, mint, cucumber, and celery bitters — is far better. Don't skimp on the celery bitters; they add grassy notes that add another level of complexity.
For the recipe, keep reading. From Fine Cooking
Ingredients 1.5 ounces gin Directions Makes 1 cocktail.
Garden & Tonic
2 to 3 dashes The Bitter Truth Celery Bitters
2 to 3 dashes elderflower or maraschino liqueur
4 to 5 mint leaves
1 slice of cucumber
1 lime wedge
From Fine Cooking
1.5 ounces gin
Makes 1 cocktail.