This modern take on the Gin Rickey by Nicholas Boden at Tavernonna at Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo., is a fusion of new and old. “It has all the elements of the classic recipe, but the Builders gin used was selected because of its lavender-forward properties, and the use of citric acid instead of lime juice is an updated technique used by many bartenders,” says Boden. “The extremely herbal cocktail is then topped off with lavender-infused soda water. Everything comes together in a symphony of flavors when the drink is served in a rosemary-smoked Martini glass.
How to make The Tavernonna Classic Gin Rickey Cocktail
With a torch, light the rosemary sprig, place a coupe glass over it to fill it with smoke, and set aside.
Add the gin and citric acid to a shaker filled with ice and shake.
Double-strain into the prepared glass.
Top with the lavender-infused soda water.
Garnish with edible flowers.
*Lavender-infused soda water: Boil 30 oz water and 1/2 cup lavender syrup in a pot for 1 hour. Strain and let cool in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Add to a SodaStream (or similar soda maker) container and carbonate.