Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Coronet


So, I like to make drinks.

I've decided that this blog could use some refreshing, especially given the sub-tropical climate as of late. It's fun to say that something needs 'refreshing.' I'm worried that this word is being hijacked by the internet browser brigade. The purpose of a good drink, a clever rejoinder, or a sparkling introduction is to refresh. To refresh something else is a beautiful, generous thing. It is at the center of hospitality and civility.

Here's to iBlogAmerica's first drink- an original creation! And here's to you.

The Coronet

2 oz. Gin (preferably Hendricks)
a healthy splash of Rosemary infused simple syrup
a cucumber
club soda

To make the syrup, heat a cup of water until it simmers. Slowly add a cup of sugar and kill the heat. Stir until the sugar has melted. Get a handful of rosemary, tear it up, and toss in the syrup to steep for as long as you like. Let syrup cool and bottle it. Some people like to strain the herbs out. Do your thing. Then...

Fill a shaker with ice. Add the gin, the Rosemary syrup, and one or two thin rounds of cucumber, cubed. Shake it like you mean it-- until your hands hurt from the cold of the ice.

Strain into a highball glass (or a glass slipper, a coiled palm frond, or what have you) over ice. Top with club soda and garnish with one or two thinly sliced rounds of cucumber.

Ah, the coronet. Bright, cheery, a little sophisticated, and wildly refreshing.

Sigh. I love the summer.

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