This week I partnered with Zubrowka and created a drink to highlight its unique flavors. This Polish spirit has been continuously distilled from rye-based vodka for centuries, and what makes it even more interesting is its infusion with Bison grass, or Zubrowka, which is a type of vanilla grass grown in remote areas of Poland. On the palate it is deliciously complex with notes of freshly cut grass, vanilla and almond notes. To further amplify this spirit’s uniqueness, I’m pairing it with a splash of Chartreuse, cucumber, tender herbs, celery bitters and lemon, and to me it’s like drinking a Spring Garden. Green, herbal, complex and refreshingly tart, The Verdant Garden is my kind of cocktail. I hope you enjoy it!
To make this springy green cocktail called The Verdant Garden, muddle cucumber and tender herbs like basil, mint, celery leaves, or Italian parsley with simple syrup in a shaker, then add Vodka or Gin, Chartreuse, celery bitters, ice, lemon juice and shake well, then strain and serve it up.
The Verdant Garden
The Verdant Garden – a spring-inspired cocktail made with Vodka or Gin, spring herbs, cucumber, Chartreuse, celery bitters and lemon. Herbal, citrusy and slightly grassy. Delicious!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 2
- Category: Cocktail
- 1 small Turkish cucumber, sliced into ¼ inch slices (about ½ cup)
- handful tender herbs, torn (tarragon, dill, Italian parsley, celery leaves, or mint or a mix)
- 1 ounce simple syrup (see note)
- 4 ounces Vodka or Gin
- ½ ounce Chartreuse (or an Anise flavored liqueur)
- 1 ½ ounce fresh lemon or lime juice
- splash celery bitters ( optional)
- Garnish- 2 thin slices Turkish cucumber (use a veggie peeler) and violets
- Place cucumber and herbs in a shaker and muddle with the simple syrup.
- Add Vodka, Chartreuse, fresh lemon Juice and the celery bitters.
- Fill with ice and shake well.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer into two chilled glasses. Serve up.