It’s officially summer! And that means it’s time for light, fresh cocktails.
To celebrate the season, I went to Marvin with a friend earlier tonight to try a few things.
After some hemming and hawing, I decided on the Hillside Blossom. According to Marvin’s menu, it is made with St-Germain (an elderflower liqueur I recently bought), Grgich Hills Fume Blanc (a dry white wine), Cocchi Aperitivo Americano (an aperitif wine that is apparently quite rare) and Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters.
Here’s a horrible cellphone picture. Excuse the poor quality; I’m working on finding a better way to document my cocktail exploits.
The Hillside Blossom is exactly what I’m looking for in a summer cocktail: it’s light and sweet, but bitter and tangy at the same time thanks to the grapefruit bitters.
It even inspired me to incorporate an aperitif wine into my next cocktail experiment.
I happened to have picked up some Lillet Blanc last week. Lillet Blanc is a white aperitif wine and it’s everywhere this time of year.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to use my Lillet Blanc for yet, but I’m leaning toward making the Corpse Reviver #2.
It combines some of my favorite things: absinthe, cointreau and gin. And it calls for a splash of Lillet Blanc, along with lemon juice and an orange slice. I haven’t made it yet, but it looks like the perfect summer drink — light, but not too light; fruity, but with a kick of absinthe to round it out.
We’ll see how it goes.