Summer cocktails are such a treat and I like to keep them simple and spritzed so even I can make them at home with basic ingredients and limited tools. Studio dwellers keep it basic by necessity. Even with the WSJ making spritzers complicated and the NYT is telling me to drink Aperol (which I do like with a splash of gin and soda), I still can’t get away from the florals, call me cutesy if you must. Last weekend, I found two classic cocktail recipes that I hadn’t known about. One found in Tatler at the nail salon and the other in Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. Each magazine had easy floral drinks I wouldn’t mind shaking up one night after work. If only I had a terrace to drink them on! TGIF!
Oxley Royal Air Force (a delightfully branded retinkering of the classic Aviation)
1 ½ oz. Oxley Dry Gin ¾ oz. lavender syrup (Monin or Royal Rose) Hostess tip: put the bottle of lavender syrup to use beyond cocktails by using it as a sugar substitute in a steaming cup of milky earl grey tea
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¼ oz. Luxardo Maraschino (optional in my book)
2 dashes lavender bitters (who has this lying around?)
Lavender sprig for garnish (if only I had a garden)
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake and double strain into a coupe or a martini glass. Garnish.
1 part elderflower liqueur
½ part vodka
2 parts (or the rest of the glass) prosecco
Two ways to make this one: either put pour the vodka and elderflower into the bottom of the glass and top with champagne or shake the liquor on ice and then finish with the prosecco. I say keep it simple and do option 1.