The Story Behind The Garden Spritz
If you’ve heard of a Tom Collins, then this is his sophisticated older brother who everyone likes just a little bit better because he has more depth and personality. This can be attributed to the addition of blanc vermouth, freshly made grenadine, and clean garden-esque ingredients like celery root, rosemary, and cucumber that make this cocktail almost feel healthy.
The infusion for this one is key, as root vegetables take longer to infuse and the celery root is a component that you really want to shine. It’s a flavor that will pleasantly surprise you with its sharp vegetal character that isn’t commonly found in cocktails. The French press will keep the herbs and vegetable bits separated from the liquid, while still adding all of the vibrant flavors that make this spritz a memorable one.
- 1 cup gin
- ½ cup blanc vermouth (like Cinzano)
- ½ lemon
- ¼ grenadine
- Tonic water (preferably Fever-Tree)
- Celery root
- Rosemary sprigs
- Add the gin, ⅓ cup thinly sliced celery root, a few rosemary sprigs, and ¼ cup sliced cucumbers to the French press. Allow the mix to infuse for as long as possible (preferably 2 hours).
- After the gin is infused, add the vermouth, lemon, and grenadine to the mix and let it rest for a few minutes.
- Then, press the solids with the strainer to separate from the liquid, and strain over ice to serve.
- Top the cocktail with tonic water and garnish with cucumber, rosemary, and lemon.