Cherry on Top

We thought we were impressed with the Prairie Organic Spirits' Cucumber Vodka. Then. We. Tried. Their. Gin. Whoa. No wonder it won Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

One sip of it neat (the best way to try a spirit for the first time) revealed the care they put into this one. It was a delicate hand that crafted this, balancing aromatics of coriander and herbs with a subtle hint of juniper. Hard-core gin lovers might miss the heavy hand of some other gins, but we don't. This one has just enough complexity to let you know you're drinking gin, but it's so smooth that we really could drink this entire bottle neat. 

Since it's cherry season, we juiced up a few fresh cherries to balance the botanicals of this tasty gin. That, coupled with some floral notes of St-Germain Elderflower and the juicy flavors of Lillet Blanc, made this one perfect. And with the coriander aromas of the gin, it seemed only natural to garnish with a single fragrant leaf of green coriander (cilantro). The whiff of the herb on top kept the sweet cherry and elderflower from overtaking the gin and this drink was slurped down in a matter of seconds.  

 

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon
strainer
coupe glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Prairie Organic Spirits' Gin
.5 oz cherry juice
.5 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Lillet Blanc
eaf of cilantro for garnish

 

method:

In a cocktail mixing glass, add a few ice cubes, gin, cherry juice, St-Germain and Lillet. Stir for 20-30 seconds to chill and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Float a leaf of cilantro on top for garnish.