My friend Sharyn got me a subscription to Shaker & Spoon as a birthday gift; the cocktail club company lets members opt in to receive a themed box that contains all of the ingredients (except the alcohol) for three different types of cocktails. This month’s box was centered around St-Germain elderflower liqueur and spritzes; the next one will contain three different craft cocktails that feature blanco tequila.
I started with this spritz, because it doesn’t involve sparkling wine. The flavor was quite unique, because the shrub is briny and vegetal, and the blend of spices and herbs used to rim the glass includes crushed black pepper so there’s some lingering heat, too. It was good enough that I went to the website to check whether the components are available on their own. (They are; this kit should make 4–5 cocktails.)
Green Thumb Cooler
- Garden spice blend
- 1½ ounces St-Germain
- ¾ ounce salted green garden shrub*
- 2 dashes celery bitters
- 3 ounces lime seltzer
* Comes in its own little bottle, already blended: champagne vinegar, snap peas, cucumbers, cane sugar, parsley, citric acid, sea salt.
- Wet half of the rim of a Collins glass with lemon or lime juice, then run it through garden spice so the edge is coated.
- Add St-Germain, shrub and bitters to a shaker with ice cubes and give it a short but hard shake (about six times).
- Strain into a Collins glass over fresh cubed ice, then top with seltzer and use a bar spoon to combine.