When the calendar flips over to April (or you swipe left on March), there’s a feeling of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation. The temperature finally begins to warm, nature wakes up, things begin to bloom and the sun begins to shine. Most importantly, it’s when anyone who’s had to suffer through a cold Winter can start drinking outside. Yup, it’s time for spring cocktails. In that spirit, we present our Quick Sips for a drink appropriately named April Showers.
If April showers come your way…
...drink ‘em! While April showers are notorious for resulting in May flowers, the cocktail version has been known to result in sweet refreshment. And it also comes with a little flower action, so there you go.
What to use
2 oz. lavender-infused gin
1 oz. simple syrup
1 tsp. honey
1 oz. lemon juice
Fresh lavender sprigs, flowers or lemon for garnish
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
How to use it
To make simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add gin and honey to a cocktail shaker and stir to dissolve the honey. Add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker, fill it with ice and shake. Garnish with a sprig of lavender or flower or lemon.
Lessons in lavender
Now that you’re putting lavender in your drink, you can see that this plant is way more than just toilet potpourri. Want to learn more about lavender? Of course you do.
You had us a gin
We saved the best lesson for last. Gin. Some call it the quintessential cocktail spirit and who are we to argue? Let’s find out more about this aromatic drink.
First, the dry facts. Gin is a neutral grain spirit with a predominant juniper flavor. All gins must have juniper, but there’s no amount required by law, it just has to have a predominant flavor of juniper. There are four basic styles of gin:
London Gin gets its juniper flavor from neutral spirits redistilled with botanicals and has nothing added after that process
Dutch Genever starts with a malted grain mash
Old Tom is sweeter due to sugar being added to the redistillation process
Compound Gin is flavored with essences that are added to neutral grain spirits with no redistillation
Now the more unusual facts...
Cool refreshment is in the forecast
Now invite some friends over, mix up a batch of April Showers and share your new knowledge of fascinating facts about lavender and gin as you toss these refreshers back. Cheers.