I love lovage. Lovage is an herb that tastes like floral celery. My friend Kate introduced me to it a few years ago. We had as much fun coming up with punny names for the drinks I made with it as we did drinking them. Lovage Me Tender was a hit, so I'm sharing the recipe with you.
Look for lovage by the bunch at farmers markets and pots of it at nurseries. It's easy to grow, and wonderful in savory dishes too, like chicken salad or deviled eggs.
LOVAGE ME TENDER
I suggest a floral gin like Bluecoat or Dorothy Parker, or something simple like Plymouth, but any gin will do. You may need to adjust the proportion of grapefruit-to-lemon, depending on the sweetness of the citrus.
- 3-5 Lovage leaves
- 3/4 ounce fresh pink grapefruit juice
- 1/4 ounce lemon juice
- scant 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
- 1 3/4 ounce gin
- grapefruit peel (for garnish)
1. Gently crush the loage leaves in your hand, then put them in a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients.
2. Fill the shaker with ice, seal, and shake hard until very cold.
3. Strain the drink through a tea-strainer into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a swath of grapefruit peel (squeeze its oil onto the drink before dropping it in).
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