I just taught a Bitters Workshop at The Cheese Store of San Diego with the stylings of Farra from Hostess Haven and Jill from Layered Vintage. It was such a good time. I see more workshops in my future, so if you want to be notified make sure and sign up on my mailing list.
I have a couple of cocktail recipes that I made while promoting the workshop that I wanted to share. First up is this nectarine and lemon verbena smash. I have a lemon verbena planted in a pot in my backyard and I love it. One of my favorite ways to use it is with nectarines. I’ve added it to the syrup of this paleta recipe instead of lemon zest with some amazing results.
Nectarine & Lemon Verbena Smash
2 sprigs of lemon verbena
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
2 shots white rum, or silver tequila
4-6 dashes of meyer lemon bitters
double old fashioned glass
Cube nectarine, saving a slice for garnish.
Muddle half of the nectarine and one sprig of lemon verbena in cocktail shaker. Add ice, lemon juice, sugar, rum, and bitters. Give it all a good shake make sure to ‘smash’ the nectarine.
Strain over ice and garnish with remaining sprig and nectarine slice. Enjoy.