A Garden Cocktail for Your Weekend

A Beet and Gin Garden Cocktail for spring. Perfect for a spring weekend sip. Get the recipe on The Fresh Exchange

We have a beautiful forecast ahead for this weekend. So much so that I felt it called for a bright and spring-like cocktail that can be enjoyed. This time of year there are some strange things that are fresh, but I wanted to make a cocktail from some of the goodies at our local co-op from local farms. This is how I developed this surprisingly girly cocktail perfect to sip on the porch this weekend in the sun if it is in the forecast.

A Beet and Gin Garden Cocktail for spring. Perfect for a spring weekend sip. Get the recipe on The Fresh Exchange

To make it is very simple! This recipe will make 1 cocktail in a shaker.

Ingredients:
2 oz of Hendrick’s Gin (specifically Hendrick’s because of the cucumber flavor it has)
1 oz of beet simple syrup (recipe below)
1 small handful of mint
1 lemon
1 small handful fennel fronds (the fluffy top part that you normally discard from the fennel)
1 handful of ice cubes
Sparkling water for a splash of fizz

For Simple Syrup:
1/4 of a Medium red or striped beet
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1 cup water

Items you will need:
Stemmed glassware
Cocktail strainer
Cocktail shaker
Jigger
Small pot
Container for Simple Syrup 
Peeler (to garnish lemon)
Sharp knife
Lemon Juicer

A Beet and Gin Garden Cocktail for spring. Perfect for a spring weekend sip. Get the recipe on The Fresh Exchange

To make cocktail you will first need to make the simple syrup. To make the simple syrup place a small pot on the stove and add all ingredients in the pot. Bring to a boil and stir till the sugar dissolves. Let boil for a minute or two after it dissolves and then turn off heat. Strain the sugar to remove the beets. Set aside and let cool in a container.

A Beet and Gin Garden Cocktail for spring. Perfect for a spring weekend sip. Get the recipe on The Fresh Exchange

To make the cocktail, grab your shaker and toss in a small handful of the fronds from the fennel and the mint. Add in the juice of 1/2 of the lemon and the ice. Then pour in 2 ounces of Hendrick’s Gin. If you like a drier cocktail add in 1 oz of the simple syrup but if you like a sweeter cocktail then use 2 oz. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake cocktail in shaker till it is well mixed. Strain cocktail into the stemmed glass and splash the top with some sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon peel, a fennel frond, and a mint leaf enjoy!

A Beet and Gin Garden Cocktail for spring. Perfect for a spring weekend sip. Get the recipe on The Fresh Exchange

I never expected beets to be in a cocktail, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the simple earthy flavor they add to the cocktail.

What unexpected garden items have you had in your cocktail? Have you ever made a garden-inspired cocktail?

Cheers to the weekend friends!

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