A Note from Long Road: Recently, we launched a Guest Blog series, “Behind the Bar with Long Road”, to take you on a journey behind the bar with our talented team and to give you a glimpse into the creative process behind innovative and enticing cocktails that feature our spirits. Be sure to check out our earlier posts by Jenney Grant and Joey Robles-Zepeda. This week’s post comes to us from SE Michigan cocktail creator Carley Bologna. We’ve admired her creations from afar – and so should you – by following her on Instagram @cocktails.with.carley.
All MI Love: A Sunny Day Cocktail with Carley
by Carley Bologna, Craft Cocktail Recipe Creator & Menu Consultant, Cocktails with Carley
All MI Love is a warm, sunny-day-inspired cocktail filled with herbaceous and floral notes, honey, and fresh citrus. It is meant to embody all of the best parts of Michigan summers. If you’re from here, you know what I mean. The parts of the year we all wish we could bottle up and save. The golden hour sunshine, the fresh lake air, the wild flowers in the woods. This drink tastes like that.
For spirits, I used Long Road Sovereign Gin and Aquavit, as well as Yellow Chartreuse, St. Germain, and Crème de Violette. Non spirit ingredients include: fresh lemon juice, plum bitters, a homemade cardamom honey syrup, and an orange for garnish.
ALL MI Love Cocktail Recipe:
This is a complex sour style cocktail, so we’re going to do a bit of a balancing act in the base of the drink:
- The Base:
- 1 oz Long Road Aquavit
- 3/4 oz St. Germain
- 3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
- 2 dashes plum bitters
- 1 oz cardamom infused honey simple syrup *
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Shake all of the base ingredients with plenty of ice
- Strain the base mixture into a Collins glass or a highball glass filled with ice
- The Float:
- 1 1/2 oz Long Road Sovereign Gin
- 1/4 oz Crème de Violette
- To complete the cocktail, pour the ‘float’ ingredients directly on top of you base cocktail
- The reason the float works so well is because we’ve created a base cocktail that is more dense than the ingredients floating on top. Playing with density allows us to create the gorgeous layering effect.
- Garnish with a fresh orange slice
*Cardamom Infused Honey Syrup:
To make the honey syrup recipe you will need honey, hot water, and green cardamom pods. Pick your favorite honey with the most flavor. I recommend a raw Michigan honey.
- In a glass jar combine:
- 1/4 cup raw Michigan honey
- 8-10 green cardamom pods
- 1/4 cup hot water
- Stir ingredients until combined
- Let cool until the syrup is room temperature, about 20-30 minutes
- Remove cardamom pods and store syrup in a glass bottle for 5-7 days in the fridge
All of these ingredients play so nicely together. The savory cardamom pairs so well with the savory components of the aquavit such as the dill, fennel, and caraway. The honey compliments all of the floral notes in the Sovereign Gin, the St. Germain, and the Crème de Violette. The Yellow Chartreuse adds a vegetal and herbaceous note that helps to marry the savory, sweet, and floral. And of course, the acidity from the fresh citrus and the sweetness of the honey both help to brighten, elevate, and balance the entirety of the cocktail.
This cocktail pairs phenomenally with sharp white cheese and jams, charcuterie, and fresh summer fruit.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!