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MARCH 30, 2020
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BRING JUNE FLOWERS

The perfect spring refresher from The Up & Up NYC

Sometimes I scroll through PUNCH looking for new ideas and find a cocktail that immediately catches my eye. When I saw this "Bring June Flowers" cocktail from The Up & Up NYC I knew I had to make it. Spring's here, the flowers are finally blooming, and it's time to start drinking for the season. This drink definitely looks and tastes the part.

It's a sort of riff on a White Negroni that has a strong gentian bitterness from the Suze yet still remains light and floral thanks to the ingenious addition of Jasmine syrup. The cucumber is incredibly refreshing and reminds me of that feeling you get when you sip a mojito, at peace. In name and in flavor, this is a perfect drink to kick up on the porch, forget the world's problems, and welcome Spring.

BRING JUNE FLOWERS

Ingredients

1 ½ ounce vodka, preferably Reyka

½ ounce Suze

¾ ounce jasmine syrup*

¾ ounce lemon juice

3 muddled cucumber slices

Instructions

Muddle cucumber slices with lemon juice in shaker tin. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Dump into a rocks glass and too with pebble ice. Garnish with cucumber ruffle.

*Jasmine Syrup: Heat 2 cups water in sauce pan until water begins to bubble. Add 1 tbs loose Jasmine leaves and let steep for 3 minutes. Strain through mesh into a resealable container. Add 2 cups sugar and let dissolve.

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