Tired of pumpkin spice? Ready to put all your cinnamon sticks in the shredder? Cranberries giving you nightmares?
You’re not alone.
When it comes to fall flavors, we get treated to (and tricked into) the same old thing year after year. That’s why we’re here to share a cocktail we savored at a recent event we attended with The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.
The Botanist Gin on its own packs in 22 hand-foraged local botanicals from the Isle of Islay in Scotland, and even sipping this spirit on the rocks makes us ready to go jump in a pile of leaves while wearing a woolen sweater. And a big smile.
But it’s the Red Lady that really gave us hope that autumnal cocktails don’t have to be cliché. Check out the recipe at the end of the story and we’re sure you’re going to be impressed with the refreshing-yet-complex beverage.
Even if you don’t like gin, you’ll like this.
Despite tasting like you worked for days to get those flavors to play well together, the process is actually quite simple. We made it ourselves and it only took a couple minutes—and that was after we had already enjoyed a pretty stiff gin cocktail to start out the evening.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin isn’t the cheapest on the shelf, but it’s not crazy-expensive, either. It retails for $39.99, but we’ve seen it at local stores for even less. Grab it at Pogo’s, Spec’s or Goody Goody in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Then wow your friends with this new fall creation.
They’ll love you for your gin-erosity.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
Red Lady Recipe
The Botanist Gin – 2 oz.
Cointreau – 1 oz.
Fresh squeezed lemon juice – 1 oz.
Julienned red bell peppers – 6 strips
Orange bitters – 3 drops
In a shaker tin, muddle red bell pepper.
Add all remaining ingredients.
Shake without ice vigorously.
Add ice and shake briskly.
Double-strain into a coupe glass.
Garnish with a julienned red bell pepper.