Apr 22, 2024 - Food and Drink

๐Ÿธ 1 Earth Day drink to go

A drink in a clear glass with a lime and dandelion garnish sitting on grass and a photo of a book cover that says cocktails in bloom and has 3 cocktails perched by a river

The Gin and Dandelion Spruce Tonic. Photo courtesy of Tattersall Distilling

One of the region's top distilleries is coming out with a new book of cocktails made with ingredients found "just outside our doors."

The big picture: "Cocktails in Bloom," by Tattersall head distiller Bentley Gillman, promises "simple and sustainable cocktail recipes" featuring components that can be foraged across the Midwest.

Dig in: We got a sneak peek of the book's "Dandelion and Spruce Tonic" recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Spruce Tips
  • 5g dried (or 25g fresh) dandelion root
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stalk chopped lemongrass
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced

Instructions: Simmer water, sugar, dandelion root, and lemongrass until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, stir in lime zest, and allow to cool. Strain into a jar, add lime juice and stir.

๐Ÿธ For a cocktail: Mix 1 ounce of tonic syrup with 1 1/2 ounces of gin. Pour over ice and add 4 ounces of soda water. Garnish with spruce tips and a squeeze of lime.

โ˜• For a booze-free buzz: Mix 1 ounce of syrup with 3 ounces of cold brew. Pour over ice and add 2 ounces of soda water. Garnish with an orange.

Bottoms up: "Cocktails in Bloom" is available for pre-order starting today.

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