6-8 “Happy” Mint Leaves
.75 oz. Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice (half of a large lemon)
.75 oz. White Tea infused Honey Syrup*
1.5 oz. Bluecoat Elderflower Gin (2 oz. if it’s been a rough day!)
-> Chill a martini glass. Set aside a thumb-sized piece of lemon peel and 1-large mint leaf. Clap mint leaves between your hands then add to a mixing tin. Add the remaining ingredients. Add a scoop of ice and shake until chilled. Strain into your chilled martini glass. Take the lemon peel with the yellow-side facing away from you. Squeeze the peel to express oils on surface of drink (it will look like a puff of perfume) then take the peel and rub it around the rim of the glass. Take remaining mint leaf, clap between hands, and float on surface of drink.
“This is an alluring tipple that reminds me of cool spring mornings. The Bluecoat Elderflower Gin is not a sweetened cordial but a full-strength spirit. Located in Philadelphia, Bluecoat is a rising star in the local craft scene. The key is to get healthy, happy Mint leaves (think Bob Ross #HappyTrees), fresh lemon juice, and of course the honey syrup. If you use normal out-of-the-bear honey you will find that it gets stuck to your shaker which means it isn’t going in your drink! Check out the recipe below.” -SF
White Tea Honey Syrup
1 cup Water
1 cup Honey
2 White Tea bags
–> Heat the water until it starts to boil. Add tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in honey until it is fully mixed. Store in a sealed jar or bottle in your refrigerator for up to 30 days.