Ending a long day or savoring a celebration with friends, craft cocktails are always a lovely way to enjoy creative combinations of fresh herbs, fruits, tonics, bitters, and well-distilled alcohols. Although I do enjoy the occasional night out on the town, I must admit I far prefer homemade concoctions. The art of pairing ingredients and crafting memorable flavors is intriguing and enjoyable.
My recent endeavor was a spur of the moment creation with a few long-adored ingredients that, in my mind, perfectly encompassed late summer nights: Black Elderberry for the antioxidants and immune-fortifying benefits and a rich berry-ripened flavor. Aloe Vera juice for hydration after long days in the warm sun and to add a tart earthy composition to the mix. Clean certified organic, non-GMO and well-sourced vodka for... well, an ease of the spirit and mind ;). Lastly, a topper of sparkling mineral water for a little bubbly. The combination is refreshing and heavenly. The color alone captivates and encourages memories of berry picking in August.
It can be make with or without the vodka, but since I now have a reputable source, I plan to enjoy a few more spirit-filled drinks this season.
To give this tonic-inspired sipper a try, follow the recipe below. Happy mixing!
Refreshing Black Elderberry & Aloe Sipper
+ 2 oz Black Elderberry Syrup, low sugar or try a homemade recipe here
+ 2 oz Aloe Vera Juice, organic and preservative free
+ 2 oz Green Hope Organic Vodka, non-GMO and gluten-free
+ 2 oz Sparkling Mineral Water, Gerolsteiner is our favorite
+ Herbal Sprigs and Dried Elderberries, rosemary, sage, and elderberries were used for this garnish
Pour each ingredient into the glass in the order presented and then gently stir to combine. Add ice to chill and more sparkling mineral water to tone down, if needed. Finish with your garnish of choice. I vary between fresh herbal sprigs from my garden, snips of my aloe vera plant and a pinch of dried black elderberries I keep in my pantry for making juice and tea. Enjoy your cocktail right away, sipping slowly.
May this tonic-inspired cocktail perfect your summer evenings and refresh your spirit and body for a new day.
À votre santé!
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