It’s race week here in Key West, but my thoughts are with Donna in chilly Cleveland. It’s winter when I most crave bitters in a cocktail. Happily a suggestion on Twitter brought up a new cocktail for me, the Bitter Elder, and before I departed for southern climes, we gave it a go. The cocktail, which balances the bitterness of Campari with the sweet elderberry flavors of the liqueur, makes for a splendid libation, especially for those in the cold grays of the north.
I salute you from the southernmost and wish you a happy Friday Cocktail Hour.
The Bitter Elder
- 1.5 ounces gin
- 0.5 ounces Campari
- 0.5 ounces St. Germain
- 0.5 ounces lemon juice
- Twist of lemon
- Stir the liquids with ice in a shaker and pour into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a twist.
Other links you may like:
- My past cocktails: the Rusty Nail, the Sawyer, and the Hasty Negroni.
- Saveur covers the history of Campari and what makes it bitter.
- A recipe for a Campari orange passion cocktail.
- What else you can do with a bottle of St. Germain.
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