Earth Day Your Way
We’re used to celebrating the earth by giving back.
Cleaning our beaches, planting a tree, and limiting the usage of plastic. We are even willing to drive a Prius. While I planted my basil in my apartment kitchen, I felt inspired to raise a glass to this amazing planet. This cocktail must be made from scratch, with only the best ingredients.
Choosing a spirit was simple.
I wanted to use something that would be subtle in aromatics, but pack a punch. Tequila was my choice, a beautiful yet simple blanco would be perfect. I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite scents by infusing it into the tequila. Using a mason jar, I placed one jasmine and one green tea bag with my choice of tequila into a mason jar and set it aside at room temperature for 30 minutes. The fun part of infusing spirits is that you can play and use whichever tea or fruit you prefer.
Next will be the fruit.
I prefer to create my own flavored simple syrups. They’re easy, way cheaper, and add that personal touch. I decided to use blueberries for this. They are close to being in season and I also had a cheesecake in the fridge that I could use the extras to top. To make the simple syrup, I added a cup of sugar and a cup of water to a pot, simmering until clear, then added a cup of the berries. The berries and sugar water simmered for 15 minutes, then I strained the solids and let cool.
I then filled a cocktail glass to the brim with ice, added my infused tequila, fresh lime juice, and my homemade simple syrup. I topped it off with soda water (you could sub grapefruit soda for a little extra zing) and gave it a light stir. This drink is perfect for a warm spring day. The floral aromatics will pair beautifully with the fresh fruit scents. Enjoy while you plant your contribution to Earth. Cheers!
Blue Jasmine Paloma – inspired by @spiritedla
1 cup of fruit (your choice)
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
Two tea bags (your choice of flavors)
2 oz of infused tequila
½ oz of fruit syrup
½ oz of fresh lime juice
Top off with soda water or grapefruit soda