This whimsical pine-laced gin cocktail tastes like someone folded up the forest floor and put it in a glass. Using a floral juniper-forward gin works well with heavy pine syrup, which you can make yourself by harvesting new fronds from that tree outside. Drink this after tromping through the woods, by the fire or whenever you want a winter drink that's also refreshing.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin (such as Citadelle)
- 1/2 ouncelemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce pine syrup*
- 3 dashes Cocktailpunk Alpino cocktail bitters
- Seltzer, to top
- Garnish: lemon twist
- Garnish: pine sprig
Add all ingredients except the seltzer into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.
Top with the seltzer.
Garnish with a lemon twist and a pine sprig.
*Pine syrup: In a medium pot, add 1/4 cup roughly chopped conifer tips to 1 cup boiling water and 1 cup granulated sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves, remove heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Strain into a sealable container and refrigerate. Will keep for up to 2 weeks.