Not much of a name, but this is an absolutely delicious drink. It hits all of our buttons… sweet and sour, herbal and spicy, with the freshness of gin drawn out with the mellowness of Lillet Blanc. Keys to success here are to muddle the mint and cardamom with granulated sugar to help break them down, and then to double-strain the shaken drink (through the cocktail strainer and a fine-mesh strainer) to capture the stray fibrous bits.
To take it to the next level, use Hendricks gin… it brings warm rose petal and cool cucumber notes that work brilliantly with the spice and mint!
- 5 mint leaves, plus 1 or 2 leaves for garnish
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (from 1 lime)
- 2 ounces Lillet Blanc
- 1 ounce gin, like Hendricks
Muddle the mint leaves, sugar, cardamom pods and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and add the Lillet Blanc and gin. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain the cocktail through both the cocktail strainer and fine-mesh strainer into a cocktail glass. Garnish with mint leaves and serve immediately.
Source: Serious Eats