One Bottle Cocktail: Gin Rocket

gin rocketA verdant, peppery take on the gimlet, the Gin Rocket cocktail by Portland/Bay Area bartender Kate Bolton gets its eye-catching color and spicy bite from muddled arugula (aka rocket).

2 oz. gin
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
¼ cup thinly sliced fennel bulb, plus fronds
¼ cup packed arugula leaves
¾ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: coupe
Garnish: lime wheel, arugula leaf, or nasturtium blossom

Using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, thinly slice enough of the fennel bulb to yield ¼ cup (about ½ a small bulb). Add a pinch of the fennel fronds to a shaker along with the sliced fennel and arugula leaves. Add the lime juice and simple syrup and muddle until the fennel is bruised. Add the gin and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Double-strain into a chilled coupe and garnish.

Kate Bolton

Reprinted with permission from The One-Bottle Cocktail by Maggie Hoffman, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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