Lovage & Lime Lifter

Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014

Lovage & Lime Lifter

My lovage plant is sky high these days, and is begging to lend its’ celery flavor to a garden cocktail, like this Lovage & Lime Lifter. Lovage packs a powerful herbal punch, and marries well with this herbaceous gin from Copperworks Distilling Company, here in Seattle. Gin was my first liquor love, and I want to taste juniper and beautiful botanicals in my cocktail. Copperworks’ gin delivers that strong balance of familiar and exotic qualities.

I started by making a Lovage & Lime Syrup. I made a big bottle of it, so we can enjoy this infusion with sparkling water, or in other garden-inspired cocktails. If your lovage is as prolific as mine, this Lovage & Nettle Refresher is another way to savor your lovage.

Lovage & Lime Lifter

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce Lovage & Lime Syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 ounces sparkling water

Mix the gin, syrup, and lime juice directly in your serving glass. Adjust the sweet/sour ratio to your own palate. Top with the sparkling water, and give a final stir. Garnish with some fresh lovage. Lovage stems are hollow, and can do double duty as straws or swizzle sticks. My lovage plant is currently flowering, so I featured a sprig of lovage blossoms.

Lovage & Lime Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup coarsely¬†chopped lovage leaves
  • zest & juice of one lime

In a small pot, bring the sugar and water to a low simmer, stirring frequently until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat, and add the lovage, lime zest, and juice. Stir occasionally, as the mixture cools. Let the lovage and lime syrup steep for at least an hour. Strain into a clean bottle, and refrigerate. Use within two weeks. Makes 1 2/3 cups syrup.

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