Making cocktails is a bit like lab class — except you can consume the results. Bracingly acerbic, the addition of juniper syrup to tonic water is mixology magic. (Adapted from Food & Wine magazine.)
Prep time: 40 minutes
Total time: 42 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 drinks
- 1 oz. dried juniper berries, cracked
- 2 cardamom pods, cracked
- 2 strips orange peel
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1.5 oz. juniper syrup
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- Lime wedge
- Ice cubes
- Sprig rosemary to garnish
For the syrup, gently grind juniper berries and cardamom pods in pestle and mortar, about 1 minute.
Remove two long strips of outer skin from orange using a vegetable peeler.
Combine ingredients in small saucepan with water. Bring to a low boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Slowly add sugar until completely dissolved. Continue to simmer, 15 minutes.
Allow syrup to cool and strain syrup into a sealable glass container. Refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready to make the drink, measure the juniper syrup and lime juice, and strain the contents into an ice-filled tumbler. Add lime wedge, garnish and stir.