Continuing the celebration of Spring, here is another cocktail inspired by the warmer weather, called Sunkissed.
1 1/2 oz clementine-infused vodka*
1 1/2 oz fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice
3/8 oz champagne vinegar
1 1/2 oz rich brown sugar and mint syrup*
3 mint leaves
3 dashes angostura bitters
Clementine-infused gin: Peel skin off of 12 clementines and slice into thin rounds. Infuse 1L bottle of vodka with clementines for three days, shaking occasionally. Strain vodka into clean glass bottle.
Rich brown sugar and mint syrup: Take 2 ½ cups natural brown sugar, 12 mint leaves, and 2 cups filtered water and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Let cool. Store in clean glass bottle. Yields approx. ½ liter syrup.
In cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into champagne coupe glass. Garnish with lemon wheel.