This is probably Don’s favorite craft cocktail to make. (You should ask him!) The use of cocktail shrub introduces a whole new flavor profile to an otherwise ordinary spritzer. Blake Hill makes a selection of botanical shrubs, but we’re partial to Blueberry-Basil.
We prefer Coppers American Gin, but if you wanted a slightly sweeter cocktail, you could try this with Coppers Sugarwood Gin. Either way, this might just be your new fave.
Our favorite gin, plus shrub, lemonade and soda water.
A shrub is a concentrated liquid, usually made with berries, florals and herbs. You might here it called a “drinking vinegar” because vinegar is its base. Shrubs add a punch of flavor and are great ways to explore your favorite spirits and try them in new ways. If you want to learn more about the origin of drinking vinegars, we love this article by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.
Blueberry Basil American Gin Spritzer
2 ounces Coppers American Gin
1 bar spoon Blake Hill Basil-Blueberry Shrub
3 ounces lemonade
Soda water to taste
In a highball glass full of ice, combine the first 3 ingredients, then fill the rest of the glass with soda water. Roll in a second glass until shrub is mixed throughout. Garnish with lemon, blueberries, basil, or whatever makes you happy.