Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lemon , Lime & Bitters

Today's recipe will totally refresh you and add a little "zing" to your summer cocktail's dance card. The first lemon, lime and bitters I ever tasted (or heard of) was at my sister in-law, Jodie's house. I'm not sure mine will ever be as good as hers but, I do believe I've come close. ;) And as per usual with me, I've decided to change it up a little bit. Like I said on yesterday's post, James' parents are here visiting us for two weeks so we thought we'd make lemon, lime and bitters as a little, "comfort of home" drink for them. Not having any lemon or lime cordial, we had to improvise. Luckily, we had just bought a case of Trader Joe's Sparkling Lemon water and had tons of fresh lemons and limes in the fridge! Judy sent us home with a few bottles of Angostura bitters last time we were in Australia, so we were in business! All we had to do was squeeze some fresh juice and make our own simple syrup. (disregard the rosemary portion of my linked recipe for a true, 'simple syrup.')

Set out your ingredients.
A close up of Angostura aromatic bitters for those of you who don't know what it is... the Good Lord knows I'd never heard of it!
Squeeze fresh lemon and lime juice into the bottom of the glass. Then gently tilt the glass slightly sideways and turn it in your hands while dripping the bitters down the sides of the glass. I'd say coat it twice.
Pour in your fresh simple syrup in the amount to your liking. You can see here in ours the separation between the syrup and citrus juice, so you can see how much we used.
 Toss in 3-4 ice cubes and top with the sparkling lemon water... Ta Da!
 Freshness in a glass... serve with a little lime wedge and a floating raspberry for the fun of it.
I hope you enjoy a little aroma in your glass this week... but leave the 'bitter' behind. ;)


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