A beautiful rose coloured summer cocktail
for sipping in your garden or conservatory…
My garden is my little piece of heaven. Any cocktail that has the word ‘garden’ in the title is sure to catch my eye. And I’m so glad this one did. Not only is it a beautiful sparkly rose colour but it tastes heavenly too.
I am a collector (hoarder) of 1950s, 60s and 70s glassware. I am happiest when roaming around junk shops picking up mismatched orphans from broken sets of cocktail glasses. Old cocktail glasses, particularly crystal ones, have a fragile beauty about them that make the modern cocktail glass look and feel like a great Heffalump.
It’s almost as if Le Jardin gin cocktail, despite being a modern cocktail, was made for one of my found little treasures. The delicate cut glass and the rose champagne were made for each other. And if you want a cocktail to serve at a wedding or a sophisticated garden party then Le Jardin is perfect for the occasion.
Created in 2014 by Sean Ware of the London Cocktail Club, this veritable fruit bowl of a cocktail manages to be both fruity and dry. The lavender bitters and champagne elevate the Le Jardin cocktail to a level of sophistication that belie the more earthy, prosaic fruits of cloudy apple juice and blueberries.
Usually, I would suggest a variation but Le Jardin is perfect as it is. This cocktail is fast becoming one of my all-time favourites.
22.5ml / .75oz London Dry Gin
5ml / 1 bar spoon Maraschino liqueur
5ml / 1 bar spoon simple syrup
4 fresh blueberries
15ml / .5oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
10ml / .33oz cloudy apple juice
1 dash lavender bitters
Shake all the ingredients over ice.
Double strain the cocktail into the chilled coupe glass.
Top with champagne.
Sprig of lavender