Wild Woods Gin Cocktail

Published on Nov 30, 2017   

Is it true that we eat with our eyes first?  Most definitely!  How a dish looks can actually influence the flavors of the dish, enhancing some flavors over others.  Same is true with cocktails, don’t underestimate the power of an awe-inspiring presentation.  In this recipe I’ll show you how to dazzle not only your eyes but also your nose and taste buds, using a smoking method.  While a smoke gun is certainly the most traditional, and perhaps the easiest way to create a smoked cocktail, you don’t necessarily need one.  You can burn any herb on a plate with the glass upside down.  This creates a subtle, smoked herb effect and taste.  For this recipe you need is small fire resistant plate (I use glazed clay), a torch and rosemary sprig.

Ignite 1 rosemary sprig on top of a heatproof plate, carefully allow it to burn slightly then extinguish flames.  Immediately invert a glass on the plate covering the rosemary and allow it to smolder for a minute or so.

Wild Woods Gin Cocktail
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Ingredients
  1. 4 oz Gin
  2. 2 oz Simple Syrup
  3. 1/2 oz Lime Juice (freshly squeezed)
  4. Splash of Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale (your choice)
  5. 2 Rosemary Sprigs (one for garnish and one for smoking)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients except Ginger beer/ale.
  2. Ignite 1 rosemary sprig on top of a heatproof plate, carefully allow it to burn slightly then extinguish flames.
  3. Immediately invert a glass on the plate covering the rosemary and allow it to smolder.
  4. Turn the glass over and add a large cube of ice.
  5. Char another rosemary sprig (slightly) and add it to the glass.
  6. Pour mixture over the ice cube and top it off with ginger beer or ale.
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