Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 8 – Raspberry Snowdrift. How did we make a full seven days without even a single drop of gin?
I don’t know what’s gotten into me but we are kicking off week 2 with a serious rectification of that issue.
This is a slight variant on a Bramble – served in a Collins glass instead of an old-fashioned glass on account of, well, more gin. Aside from the tart freshness and subtle sweetness of this drink, I quite like that it coordinates perfectly with my Christmas decor.
I have been rocking the red, white, and silver motif for a few years now and I’m ready for a change.
I’m planning to take advantage of some Boxing Day deals to make the shift to a blush theme. I know what you’re thinking, “Pink!? For Christmas?” Yes, trust me, it will be very froufrou midcentury fabulous.
But I’m sure I’ve convinced you of my decor chops after you saw my bedroom, right?
These little handmade glass snowmen stir sticks that I found in the depths of a kitchen drawer sure go pretty well with my existing colour scheme though.
I was digging around for inspiration yesterday and stumbled across these precious little accessories, I intend to put them in every drink from now on.
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1¼ oz honey syrup
- 3 raspberries
- ½ cup liquid honey
- ½ cup boiling water
In a shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, and ¾ oz of the honey syrup. Short shake with 3 ice cubes, then strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Empty the shaker, then add the raspberries and remaining ½ oz honey syrup. Gently muddle the raspberries, then pour over the top of the drink. Serve with a straw, and a snowman stir stick, if you have one.
Combine honey and boiling water in a heatproof glass jar. Stir until honey is dissolved. Cool to room temperature before using. Honey syrup will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 2 weeks.
Recipe adapted from: Kaplan, David, Nick Fauchauld and Alex Day. “Ramble.” Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2014.