Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Lemongrass Saturn

I find inspiration for cocktails: in food, in deserts, but most often, I find inspiration in the spirits themselves.  Whenever I'm getting acquainted with a new spirit, I taste it neat, and identify the primary flavors.  I then try to think about what other flavors will either compliment or contrast against the dominant flavors in that spirit and build a concept around that.  Lemongrass is a flavor that struck me in the new Bowling & Burch gin, the small batch gin made from 17 botanicals grown on the Limestone Branch Distillery grounds.  I was surprised to see Lemongrass as an ingredient in their gin, because it is an ingredient that I love and use a lot when I'm cooking.  I wanted to try an unexpected cocktail playing up the lemongrass flavor - and immediately thought about a Saturn. 

The Saturn is a classic Tiki drink, invented in 1967 that uses gin, lemon juice, passionfruit, orgeat and velvet falernum.  They are delicious, and even more delicious when made with lemongrass infused gin.  I made mine with passion fruit syrup, but I always recommend using fresh juice whenever possible.  


Lemongrass Saturn
Created by Gastronomista

1-1/2 oz Lemongrass Infused Bowling & Burch Gin
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/4 oz Velvet Falernum

Shake with ice and strain into a Tiki mug filled with crushed ice.  Garnish with a fresh lemongrass stalk, a fresh flower, and a cocktail cherry.

Lemongrass Infused Gin

3 Stalks Lemongrass
1 Cup Gin

Combine in a non-reactive container and let sit for one week before serving.  

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