Balanced, tart, and refreshing, the Marguerite cocktail uses Terra gin, produced by Cardinal Spirits using a custom botanical blend created by La Boîte that includes zuta mint and cubeb berries. The Daisy blend from The Spice Companion creates a rich spiced syrup, a perfect foil for fresh lemon and our distinctive gin.
Daisy Blend by Lior Lev Sercarz from The Spice Companion, recipe by Christian Leue
3/4 cup/ 15 grams chamomile flowers, ground
1 pod/2 grams vanilla bean, chopped and ground
2 teaspoons/2 grams pink pepperberries, ground
Scant 3/4 teaspoon/2 grams ground sumac
Mix all ingredients well, store in an airtight container.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup orange blossom honey
1/4 cup grenadine
1/4 cup Daisy spice blend (see above)
Combine all ingredients in a saucepot over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Do not boil. Fine strain and bottle.
2 ounces Terra gin*
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce Daisy syrup (see above)
Suggested garnish: mint sprig and small daisy flower
Daisy Spice Blend
Combine the spirit, juice and syrup with ice in a shaker. Shake and strain into a julep cup or small tumbler filled with cracked ice. Top with seltzer and garnish. Serve with a straw.
*Terra gin is currently available in Indiana, in New York State, which will ship to many other states. If you can't find it locally try substituting: a non-traditional gin like Botanivore from St. George, a low juniper variety like Citadelle, or for a twist, a resinous Spanish gin like Xoriguer from Mahon.
Variations & Ideas:
Make it a flip. Add 1 whole pasteurized egg or 3 tablespoons of aquafaba to the shaker along with a dash of bitters (try celery) and another teaspoon of Daisy syrup, shake until well chilled, then strain into a chilled tumbler glass.
Photo @ Christian Leue
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