Recipe: Berry-Ginger Gin Cocktail
Move over, mint julep — our money is on this refreshing sipper for the win. At the very least, we’re predicting a dead heat for the old favorite and this Derby Day maiden.
Before any traditionalists get up in arms about this untried underdog, rest assured: This cocktail is Kentucky-born. It comes to us from Proof Bar at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville and it’s just the thing for watching the races or just celebrating the fact that spring is finally here.
Ginger and basil give this drink a hint of spice, lemon juice adds acid and brightness, and fresh raspberries lend just the right amount of sweetness. Finally, club soda to finish makes this a refreshing sipper — and one that won’t (unlike a julep) make you feel like you’ve spit the bit before the race even starts.
fresh basil leaf
- 1 1/2 ounces
New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin (or other floral gin)
- 1/2 ounce
freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 ounces
Lemon slice, for garnish (optional)
Place the basil, raspberries, and 1 ounce of the ginger syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle for 30 seconds and the remove the basil. Add the lemon juice and gin, then fill the shaker with ice. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty. Strain into a Collins glass. Add the soda water and top with ice. Garnish with a lemon slice, if desired.