April Showers Sour

To add texture and creaminess without the cream, Austin mixologist Justin Lavenue shakes a little bit of vanilla yogurt into this floral gin sour. "It has a tartness that can balance out a drink and make it light and refreshing," he says.

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Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
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  • Servings: Makes 1
  • Time(Other): plus infusing the orgeat

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Ingredients

  • One 1-inch piece of fresh lemongrass (tender inner bulb)
  • 3/4 ounce Lavender Orgeat (see Note)
  • 1 1/2 ounces Old Tom gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honeysuckle powder (optional; see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon whole-milk vanilla yogurt
  • Ice
  • 3 drops of Peychaud’s bitters, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemongrass with the Lavender Orgeat. Add the gin, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, honeysuckle powder and yogurt. 
Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the bitters.

Notes

Lavener Orgeat: In a liquid measuring cup, combine 1 ounce dried lavender with 4 ounces orgeat (almond-flavored syrup) and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the infused orgeat into a jar and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Makes about 4 ounces.

Honeysuckle power is available at apothecaries and from amazon.com

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