Thank you all for the birthday greetings! It’s currently 75 degrees and sunny with low humidity – a quintessential mid-June day in the Northwoods, so I’m off to the Farmer’s Market in Minocqua. Kahley’s on her way up for a visit, and Jake’s coming home tonight from camp to do his laundry. In other words, I’m off to a most perfect birthday with all my favorites surrounding me tonight for dinner. Big thanks to my Mom and Dad for conceiving me in September, because I’ve always loved having my birthday on June 16th. I don’t even mind sharing it with Father’s Day and the US Open. 🙂
In planning for my birthday apéritif, what to drink, what to drink? Gin drinkers, rejoice. I’ve concocted a good one for you today.
I’m a sucker for good marketing. Put a chartreuse, out-of-the-ordinary label on a product, and I guarantee you I’ll stop to look. Throw some whimsical butterflies on it and I’ll pick it up. Grace said label with a victorian woman gardening and for the low price of $19.99, I’ll buy the bottle just based on principle. Not to mention the fact that I can totally see roadside daisies pouring out of this vase when they start blooming in late June, assuming I’ve drained the bottle by then, which at this point is highly likely.
I bought Green House Gin purely based on their marketing genius – the label is gorgeous. Plus, who can resist the intrigue of secrets?
But I’ll keep buying it because it contradicts every other gin I’ve ever tasted. With the first whiff I sensed floral, cucumber, citrus, and just a hint of underlying traditional Gin spice, and it doesn’t disappoint on the tongue. Straight up it is a little stingy – most gins are – so I decided to pair it with what it begs: cucumber and St. Germain, and I threw in some lime to add a bit of acidity and tartness.
The first time I made this my mother was with me, and I poured it into martini glasses and topped it with a chive flower. At the end of the cocktail, we ate the chives. They were onion-y, yes, but they soaked up all that booze as we sipped the apéritif and we LOVED it. The chive blossoms are done now, so this time I garnished with a lime and cucumber wheel and served it over ice – which I preferred over the martini glass. I downed this quickly, and went for a second.
When I sip cocktails on my deck, I feel as though I’m in a treehouse since they’re surrounding me at every turn. So while this gin is aptly named “Green House,” this is a Tree House Sipper in my world. I brought two bottles of this gin with me to enjoy this summer, and I’m betting I’ll be calling in favors from friends to replenish the supply mid- summer. Because this simply will not last, and the local liquor stores don’t carry it.
If you enjoy gin OR vodka, you must try this gin. This isn’t a sponsored post – I’m simply sharing a newfound love with you all because it is so worth gracing your liquor cabinet. Mama K even bought herself a bottle, and already poured a cocktail out of it.
- ¼ cup chopped cucumber
- The juice from one lime (about ¾ oz)
- 3 oz Green House Artisan Gin
- ¾ oz St. Germain Liqueur
- 2 oz Club Soda
- Lime and cucumber wheel, to garnish
- Muddle the cucumber and lime juice in a flat-bottomed glass with a wooden muddler or spoon.
- Pour the cucumber / lime juice through a fine meshed strainer into your cocktail glass.
- Add the Gin, St. Germain, ice, and club soda. Stir to mix, or pour it into a clean glass then back into the original glass to mix.
- Add the garnishes and enjoy.