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The Long, Slow Goodbye

Photo by Greg Landers

This cocktail combines bitter Averna, botanical gin, fresh basil, tart lemon juice and sweet blackberries,  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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