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A better home bar, much like Beyonce, is not built overnight — at least mine wasn’t. It’s usually less of an ambush makeover and more of a series of small improvements: a reliable manual citrus juicer here, a julep strainer there. One nice bottle of whiskey instead of two bottles of whatever we drank in college.
Mine is still growing, but one thing I’m not bringing into my kitchen anytime soon is a juicer. Counter space is precious — and I am an outlier these days in that I prefer to eat my vegetables. (“Fiber is still good for you!” she shouts earnestly on the street corner, scaring young children.)
So, when it comes to cocktailing around here, fresh juice is a bit of a challenge. I’ve peeled pineapple, hacked it to pieces, then pureed and strained it. I’ve also zigzagged from grocery store to grocery store looking for fresh carrot juice. Needless to say, I’m on board with American Juice Company and their promise to bring us all-natural juice blends, created specifically with cocktails in mind and delivered straight to our door.
For this, I used Lady Lychee, their inspired blend of strawberry, lychee, and rose.
The end result is crisp, a little sweet, and a little tart, with just enough complexity from the Cocchi Americano and Peychaud’s to pull it all together. That said, if you chose to pare this down in terms of ingredients, there would still be plenty of delicious to go around. Decluttering, simplifying, spring cleaning: Whatever you want to call it, it’s not only for all of those lone socks we will never find mates for again. Let’s just set them free and make ourselves a drink.
Happy springing, and happy drinking!
(Note: I was graciously provided with samples of American Juice Company products, but as always, thoughts and opinions are my own.)
- 2 ounces American Juice Company Lady Lychee juice (strawberry/lychee/rose blend)
- 1 1/2 ounces delicate, not super-woodsy gin (Botanist used here)
- 1 ounce Cocchi Americano
- 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
- A couple dashes Peychaud's bitters
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass and garnish with lime and/or strawberry as desired.