Budding Botanist
By Mark Williams

Budding Botanist

By Mark Williams
Try making a Budding Botanist gin cocktail recipe at home. This is a great way to combine the early flavours of spring using April flower buds and leaf shoots.
Ingredients:
  • 50ml The Botanist gin
  • 25ml Rowan shoot liqueur: Infuse young rowan leaf buds into the neutral spirit for 2 weeks, sweeten to taste with blossom honey or sugar syrup
  • 15ml Magnolia petal/bud shrub: Infuse some magnolia petals in cider vinegar for 4 days and some others in blossom honey for 4 days, then mix vinegar and honey to taste.
  • Sweet cicely soda to taste: Rapid infuse a handful of sweet cicely leaves in mineral water using an iSi cream whipper and 2 charges of N2O, then releasing the pressure, straining and recharging with one of the CO2
  • Sweet cicely tincture: Made by infusing sweet cicely leaves and stems in a strong neutral spirit for 1 – 2 weeks
  • Mahonia/berberry blossoms and baby rowan shoots for the garnish
Instructions for making the Budding Botanist cocktail:
  1. Stir the gin, liqueur and shrub over ice.
  2. Strain into a glass with ice.
  3. Add soda to taste, stirring gently.
  4. Scatter garnish.
  5. Mist with sweet cicely tincture.

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