Gin & Raspberry Cocktail Recipe: Porch Swing Sipper

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Recipe adapted from Erin Hayes, Perennial Virant, Chicago

Porch Swing Sipper
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Porch Swing Sipper from Erin Hayes, Perennial Virant, Chicago
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Total time: 0 minutes
  • Chamomile Syrup
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup loose chamomile tea
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Cocktail
  • 8 large, ripe raspberries, divided
  • ½ ounce chamomile syrup
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ ounces gin
  • Ice
  • Club soda
  1. Make the chamomile syrup: In a small bowl, combine the boiling water and chamomile tea. Steep for 5 minutes, then pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth and set over a small saucepan (discard the tea solids). Add the sugar to the pan and heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Set the syrup aside to cool, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate to chill (the syrup can be refrigerated for up to one month).
  2. Make the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, add 6 raspberries and ½ ounce chilled chamomile syrup. Muddle thoroughly. Add the lemon juice and the gin and fill the shaker with ice. Cover and shake vigorously, then strain through a fine-mesh strainer and into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish with the 2 remaining raspberries. ½ cup of extra-ripe blueberries can be substituted for the raspberries.
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