The Rescue Op Gin Basil, Citrus, Ginger & Elderflower Cocktail

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The Rescue Op Gin Basil, Citrus, Ginger & Elderflower Cocktail

(Photo: Erik Putz. Food styling: Ryan Barclay. Prop styling: Madeleine Johari)

Repurposed potato scraps cut this vibrant cocktail’s carbon footprint down to size. Made with Loop gin, a zero-waste spirit that’s distilled from “rescued” scraps from a potato chip factory in Quebec, this cocktail is a fresh and bright mix of basil, citrus, ginger and elderflower.—Christine Sismondo


Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 oz Loop Lime & Ginger gin
  • 1 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz mandarin orange juice
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 10 basil , leaves
  • 3 dashes Dillon’s Hot Pepper bitters , optional
  • 1 sprig basil , for garnish
  • 1 bird's-eye chili , for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add gin, liqueur, orange and lemon juices, and basil leaves to a cocktail shaker. Gently muddle the basil to coax the flavour out. Add ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If you like spice, add hot pepper bitters—or any bitters if you don’t have a spicy version on hand. Garnish with basil and bird’s-eye chili.

Kitchen tip:

If Loop is unavailable, you can mimic its flavour profile by adding a few drops of ginger juice and a splash of lime to another citrus-forward gin, such as Tanqueray.

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