Fresh ingredients for cocktails abound during spring, summer, and fall. As the year fades, citrus remains plentiful, but berries and fresh produce become scarce. This makes way for experimenting with ingredients that keep well or have been preserved. So many wonderful possibilities are created through the limited availability of cocktail ingredients.
A while back, I received a container of fir needle tea as a gift. If you have known me for any length of time, you know how much I appreciate receiving new ingredients as gifts. I brewed it as instructed and fell in love with the citrusy flavor and herbal qualities. Since, I’ve wanted to try it in a cocktail so I doubled up by using it straight and as a syrup for a surprisingly sunny sour.