We’re having a pergola built over our back patio, something to provide a little shade in the face of the blazing afternoon sun. This is the perfect drink for my rejuvenated patio: it’s sweet, but the cucumber balances the sweet with crisp and clean. I feel like I could while away at least a few days sipping on one of these, stretched out on a chaise, listening to the summer float by.
It may be that I need new grapefruit juice, but this just wasn’t quite what I’d hoped. Too much sour and not enough sweet, and the cinnamon syrup gets swallowed up. Color is pure summer loveliness, though. And I’m learning to love the value of a pretty garnish.
Without the Aquavit, this would be a pleasant (but boring) summer cobbler. With the Aquavit, it almost tastes like something the Vikings would have served during the midsummer festival. Not my favorite, but interesting.
This drink just shows how much a small component can change a drink. This would just be a pretty gin drink without the sage, which gives it a little more complexity and interest. All in all, fairly tasty.