Catskills Cocktails: Gin & Spruce

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If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’ve been making natural sodas with forsythia and spruce tips. I’ve discovered that spruce tip syrup goes particularly well with whiskey, too, like the forsythia, which made a tasty Catskills Collins. I’m also working on rhubarb juice that makes a first-rate bitter addition to cocktails for people who find bitters too intense or overpowering for their taste. Here are a couple more refreshing cocktails for the summer.

Spruce Tip Whiskey – Serves 2

2 ounces of spruce tip syrup
2 ounces of whiskey
4 ounces of sparking water
Spruce tips to garnish

Fill two rocks glasses with ice. Pour the whiskey and syrup into a shaker and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Pour into the rocks glasses and top with sparkling water.

Gin & Spruce – Serves 2

2 ounces of spruce tip syrup
2 ounces of vodka or gin
4 ounces of sparking water
Spruce tips to garnish

Fill two rocks glasses with ice. Pour the gin and syrup into a shaker and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Pour into the rocks glasses and top with sparkling water.

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