In defiance of all the traditional wisdom of what a Skagit County spring should be like, the last few weeks have ranged from pleasant to actively hot, with practically no rain. Normally we’re lucky if we even see the sun before the Fourth of July! Instead we’ve been able to turn off the house heat, the garden has needed to be watered several times a week, and the summer cocktail recipes are beginning to emerge. When I saw that this month’s Mixology Monday theme was ginger, I knew just what drink I was going to post about.
Two of my favorite summer drinks are the mint julep and Lillet Blanc on the rocks, but Jon recently discovered a drink on the Lillet website that combines fresh mint and Lillet, then punches it up with fresh ginger and lime. They call it a Lillet Sin, for some odd reason – it’s one of the least sinful cocktails I can think of. It’s extremely light and refreshing, and the ginger gives it a nice heat that complements the bright mint and lime flavors. It tastes slightly exotic, while retaining a certain cold-lemonade quality, very welcome on a hot afternoon. You could certainly soup it up with gin or vodka, but then you might not be able to drink as many.
The original recipe’s a bit vague, so each time we’ve made it it’s come out a little different. You could muddle the mint or just add a sprig to the glass, you could shake it or stir it. We’ve found that we like it with quite a lot of ginger, and not too much Perrier. Adjust to your own taste.
adapted from the Lillet website
- 2 oz Lillet Blanc
- 4 mint leaves
- 1 wedge lime
- 1 slice ginger
- 1 tsp simple syrup or fine sugar
- tonic water or Perrier
- another lime wedge, for garnish
Muddle the mint, ginger and lime in a shaker or glass. Add the Lillet, ice and simple syrup and stir well, strain into a wineglass filled with ice, top up with tonic water and garnish with a lime wedge. Sip while reclining comfortably in the shade on a warm day.