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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. Slideshow: Gin Cocktails

Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015

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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