New Fashioned Brunch Cocktail
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Are you tired of mimosa spin-offs, “pioneer” Bellinis, and “bacon-shrimp” Bloody Marys for brunch? You are not alone! With the weather warming up, leisurely brunches are becoming more of a weekend staple and less of a special occasion; and fizzy morning drinks may just be the reason why. But with a manifesto of Champagne cocktails, and lunch staples like Margaritas and Bloody Marys, the uniqueness of brunch cocktails is somewhat lacking.
So at Flair Project, we have given “ordinary” and “worn-out” cocktails a timeout, and came up with an interesting brunch drink for any occasion. Featuring good-quality vodka, organic Meyer lemons, passion fruit syrup, fresh basil, and topping it with our favorite sparking lemon soda and bitters, we thought the name Vacation Vibes fit the bill.
Not following the traditional “brunch rules”, we can still consider this bubbly and refreshing concoction a brunch drink. Made with products you can find in any store, and refined with a savory kick, the Vacation Vibes is the drink that will make you stick around the table.
New Fashioned Brunch Cocktail
- 1.5 oz Titos Vodka
- 0.5 oz Monin Passion Fruit Syrup
- 0.25 oz Meyer Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Limonata Pellegrino
- 2 Basil Leaves
- Mint Bouquet (for garnish)
- Angostura Bitters (optional)
Fill up a pilsner glass with crushed ice (or any tall skinny glass would work)
In a cocktail shaker add the vodka, passion fruit syrup, Meyer lemon juice and basil leafs. Add ice cubes and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds
Fine strain through a fine mesh strainer over the crushed ice and add a splash of lemon Pellegrino. If you have it, top with a few dashes of Angostura bitters to form an aromatic floater
Top of with more crushed ice, garnish with a mint bouquet and serve. Cheers
In April, Meyer lemons have already made their way to onto the produce shelves at the local store, and we took full advantage of their mildly acidic taste and herb-like aroma. In combination with aromatic basil, the vegetative nature of the lemons gave the Vacation Vibes more depth and a robust aroma.
And even though we prefer making most syrups ourselves, the reality is that certain natural flavors are hard to extract, and making syrups can be complicated and unjustifiably expensive. So while we applaud homemade syrups, the Monin line of products is a great and cheap alternative to save time, money, and hassle.
Lastly, we used a hand ice crusher to crush the ice, and this made a huge difference in both the taste, and the presentation of the cocktail. If you don’t have a crusher however, or are reluctant to spend money to get one, you can also crush your ice by putting it in a sealable plastic freezer bag and smashing it with a wooden mallet or another blunt kitchen tool. And if it all fails, ice cubes will do in a pinch.
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