I have a ridiculously delicious, pink (!) cocktail for you today. And don’t worry, this isn’t one of those grossly sweet, girly pink cocktails — it’s a well-balanced, citrusy-bitter type of cocktail.
I mean, KC was even singing the praises of this cocktail, so don’t rule it out just because you’re manly.
This cocktail came A. from my quest to use a pomelo which had shown up in our most recent CSA box, and B. from my desire to recreate the cocktail I’m obsessed with at one of my favorite eateries — Boot and Shoe Service. The cocktail is called the Monk’s Garden (I have no idea why), and it’s bright, refreshing, a tad bitter, and, of course, pink (hello). The traditional cocktail uses grapefruit and yellow chartreuse, but I didn’t have either of those (and yellow chartreuse is sort of absurdly expensive), so this copycat was born.
And y’know what? It tasted spot-on to me. Dead ringer for one of my favorite $10 beverages.
So next time you’re having a date night at home, or a fancy girls-night-in, whip up a couple of these (maybe even top it off with champagne..? OMG WHAT.)
Monk’s Garden Copycat Cocktail
makes 2 cocktails (feel free to cut in half to make just one — but why would you want to?)
- Cocktail Shaker
- 1 oz and 1.5 oz measure (the measurements of most standard jiggers)
- Chilled cocktail glasses (coupe or cocktail glasses preferred, but whatever works)
- 3 oz gin*
- 1.5 oz St. Germaine
- 3 oz fresh-squeezed pomelo** or grapefruit juice
- 1.5 – 2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice (depending on how tart/bitter you want your cocktail)
- scant 1/2 oz simple syrup*** (optional — you won’t need this if your grapefruit is really ripe)
- 7 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 60 seconds.
- Strain into two chilled cocktail glasses and enjoy!
**If you use pomelo rather than grapefruit, you may need to add a little more simple syrup to balance out the bitterness.
***For the simple syrup, I prefer to start without it and then add a little if I feel like it needs it (remember: you can always add, but you can’t subtract!)