The Perfect Bloom was inspired by the smell of spring flowers after a sun shower. Austin mixologist Justin Lavenue loves to make the cocktail with a super-floral gin like Leopold’s, which is distilled with bergamot. Alternatively, he recommends Hendrick’s gin, which is infused with rose and cucumber.
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Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
1/4 ounce 12-year Japanese whisky, such as Hakushu, in an atomizer
2 ounces floral gin
1/2 ounce French blanc vermouth, such as Dolin
1/2 ounce Amaro Montenegro
1/4 ounce chilled verjus (see Note)
3 thin cucumber slices and fresh lavender sprigs (optional), for garnish
How to Make It
Mist a chilled coupe with 4 sprays of the whisky. In a mixing glass, combine the gin, vermouth, amaro and verjus. Fill the glass with ice and stir well. Strain into the prepared coupe and garnish with the fanned-out cucumber slices and the lavender sprigs.
Verjus, the tart juice pressed from unripe grapes, is available at specialty food stores.
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