“Once Upon a Cocktail” is a guest blog series by Lindsay Milligan featuring delicious cocktail recipes inspired by favorite literary characters. Enjoy!
It is a truth universally acknowledged that it’s a lovely Easter Sunday here in North Carolina and the flowers are in bloom! To celebrate, I have a refreshing floral cocktail inspired by one of my favorite literary characters: Miss Elizabeth Bennett.
Lizzie is feminine without being sugary sweet; a proper English lady, but with a touch of bitterness that lends reality to her character. That blend of sweet and bitter is what makes this cocktail one of my favorites. The brown color of the tea means this drink may not be handsome enough to tempt you, but if you don’t let prejudice get in your way, you’ll find it as amiable and sophisticated as any flashy, colorful cocktail.
Any good gin will work for this recipe, but I prefer to use Cardinal for its strong floral flavor. It’s made here in North Carolina by graduates from my alma mater, Appalachian State University (Go Mountaineers!). I try to use locally grown or produced ingredients whenever I can, so if there’s a distillery near your home, I encourage you to try it out and support a small business in your area!
Lizzie Bennett: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
1 part gin
2 parts cold Earl Grey tea
A dash of lavender simple syrup (it can be easily made by boiling lavender buds with your sugar and water or simply by adding a few drops of lavender oil to the already made plain syrup)
Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lavender sprig.