Karen’s French Fizz

FRENCH FIZZ

– 1½ oz of gin
– ¾ oz of lime juice
– ¾ oz of St. Germain elderflower liqueur
– 5-10 mint leaves plus 1 sprig for garnish
– 4-5 raspberries plus 3-4 for garnish
– club soda, to top up
Method Pour lime juice into cocktail shaker. Add raspberries and muddle. Add mint leaves (but do not muddle). Add gin and St. Germain. Add lots of ice and shake. Strain into a highball glass over ice (preferably use both a Hawthorne and a mesh strainer to keep all the seeds and mint out of the finished drink). Top with soda. Garnish with a few raspberries on a skewer and a mint sprig.
Our notes Use fresh lime juice — you’ll need to buy about one lime per drink. A Hawthorne strainer is the standard tennis-racket-shaped kind that comes with an ordinary cocktail set. St. Germain is available in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. If you’re in Ontario and can’t find St. Germain, you can also look for the elderflower liqueur from Britain’s Chase Distillery. It makes a fine substitute.

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