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recipe c The-Long-Slow-Goodbye

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The Long, Slow Goodbye

This cocktail is a study in contrast. Bitter Averna and botanical gin with verdant, fragrant fresh basil. Tart lemon juice with sweet, dark blackberries, and all topped with a spritz of tonic water. A new discovery with each sip.


1½  oz. gin
¾ oz. Averna
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¼ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
2 large blackberries
2 large basil leaves
Tonic water
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: basil leaf


Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and double strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with tonic water and garnish.


Dave Kwiatkowski, The Sugar House, Detroit



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