Spring is here... the grass is greener, the birds are louder, the sun is lingering longer to show those rain clouds who's boss. I wanted to make a cocktail to mirror Spring's sweet, bubbly freshness.
A couple weekends ago I got to go to a cocktail competition put on by The Big O Liqueur. The area's best mixologists/bartenders made concoctions featuring this stunning ginger nectar. The Big O is one of my favorites, you may remember it from the champagne cocktail I made with it for my 500th post. I was able to meet and hug the creators of the aperitif... they are friendly, passionate people, which makes drinking their product that much sweeter!
One of the competitors made a twist on the classic Mint Julep. While I found his a bit too sugary, I was really impressed with the flavor combination. I decided to make a simplified version of it... only 4 ingredients!
-4 or 5 fresh mint leaves
-2 oz. bourbon
-1.5 oz. Big O Ginger Liqueur
-3 oz. Ginger ale
Muddle the mint leaves. Add the bourbon and Big O and stir or shake to combine. Strain into a glass filled ice. Top with ginger ale. Sip while listening to birds.
Here are some of my favorite springy recipes from the archives. Happy showers and flowers!