Monday, April 7, 2014

Plum Clementine Gin Fizz

In Colorado, we're finally starting to have more warm, sunny days than dreary cold days, and I couldn't be happier! Tanner started an office position recently that allows him to have weekends off (YAY!), so after church we decided to make our own cocktail to celebrate the sun! The syrup that gives this drink a complex and sweet flavor (with a bite) is the most involved part of the recipe, but once it's done, you can store it for up to two weeks! Use it on ice cream, in coffee, on pancakes even!

We added ginger, rosemary, and cardamom to give it a bit of a kick!

Now,  I must admit that I know nothing about making or mixing cocktails. haha! I know there are proper ways to mix things and do things, but we just went for what tasted good. Feel free to suggest any and all improvements in the comments!!

It's fizzy and complex, with a bite!

Plum Clementine Gin Fizz

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
4 red plums, sliced
1 sprig fresh rosemary, plus extra for garnish
2 inches ginger root, sliced
1/4 TSP cardamom
2 TBSP honey
2 Clementines, juiced
2 oz. Gin (we used and REALLY like the botanical flavor of Hendrick's Gin. It's infused with rose and cucumber!)

Juice your clementines, set juice aside and save the peels (We also saved some zest for the actual cocktails). In a saucepot, combine the rest of the ingredients, including your Clementine peels, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let it boil for five minutes, and then turn the heat down until its slowly simmering.

Let it simmer for an hour. The fruit should break down and the syrup should be a pretty red color. Allow it to cool, then strain and transfer into a container.

In an 8 oz. glass, pour in 2 TBSP of your syrup, 2 oz. of gin, and top it off with tonic or club soda. Garnish with rosemary & clementine zest, and enjoy!

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