Monday 13 August 2012

Overture of Summer

The 3rd week of Art of The Cocktail's cocktail challenge was sponsored by Victoria Gin.  A floral gin with a big hit of citrus, Victoria Gin lends its self well to both classic, and modern style of drinks.

For this past week's challenge I opted to accent the floral and citrus notes of Victoria Gin by created a refreshing summer-time cocktail.

Overture of Summer
- 2 oz Victoria Gin
- 1/4 oz Strega
- 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz Lavender Infused Honey Syrup *
- 3 Dashes Victoria Bitter and Twisted Orange Bitters

- Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker
- Add ice and shake
- Double strain into chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with lemon twist

*Lavender Infused Honey Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1 Cup Water
- 10 Lavender flowers

- Add all ingredients to sauce pan over low-medium heat
- Simmer for 20 minutes, while stirring and skimming any foam that may form off the top of syrup
- Let cool and strain through fine mesh strainer
- Bottle and store at room temperature.

To check out the judge's thoughts on the winner of week #3 challenge, as well as their person favorites, check out the video below.

Check back later this week for my recipe for week #4 challenge, sponsored by Maker's Mark.

For more information about the weekly challenges, as well as Art of The Cocktail, check out

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