Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Lady Panther

Hello peeps.

It's been a while. No good reason. Most likely, no one even checks for updates here anymore. That's OK. It's understandable.

I've gotten into cocktails since my last post. In a big (read unhealthy [?]) way.

One ingredient I've really been digging is St. Germain. Not heard of it? Again, understandable. It's fairly new to our Portland, OR market. It's a liqueur made from the elderflower, a blossom of the Elder tree. If you buy into their story (and I'm not sure I entirely do), the blossoms are hand harvested (during a several day window in spring) in the French Alps and delivered, by bicycle no less, to the distillery.

My belle like St. Germain too. I've mixed it into a drink that she likes. Originally it was an impromptu vodka collins...
sort of via Ben Reed's The Art of the Cocktail
  • 1.75 oz vodka [I've been using Lovejoy from Integrity Spirits]
  • .75 oz lemon juice [because I can't conform to the rules, I use meyer lemons]
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • club soda
  • a splash of grapefruit juice (texas red)
  • more than a splash of St. Germain.
I've been trying to refine that into an actual recipe, but I can't seem to recreate the magic (although I've enjoyed the experimentation).

Unfortunately, meyer lemon season is nearly over, and the quest for the perfect "Lady Panther" (the name I am giving the as-of-yet unperfected drink) will have to wait until next year.

Congratulations, Lady Panther, you have won this round. But I will be back.