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April 10, 2021 MINNA Kitchen

MINNA Kitchen with Autumn Jordan: Spring Cocktails

On a sunny spring afternoon, we joined Autumn in the kitchen for a spring cocktail that's sure to kick off any cold. Featuring pantry favorites from Diaspora and Co, Wooden Spoon Herbs and glassware from Lagos Del Mundo. Best enjoyed in the company of others (safely, of course).

Saffron Rose Cardamom Simple Syrup

— 1 cup water
— 3/4 cup sugar
— 1/2 cup rosewater
— 1 pinch Diaspora Co. Kashmiri Saffron (about 20 strands)
— Seeds from 10 cardamom pods (about 1 tsp)
— Lightly crushed 1 tsp dried rose petals

    Saffron Rose Mezcal Cocktail

    — 1 oz Saffron Rose Cardamom Simple Syrup
    — 2 oz Mezcal (I picked mine up from Grapefruit Wine in Hudson! (Best.Wineshop.Ever) 1 oz Triple Sec
    — 1 lime juice
    — 35 drops Wooden Spoon Herbs Rose Colored Glasses

      Add Diaspora Co. Kashmiri Saffron, cardamom seeds, and dried rose petals to a mortar and pestle, lightly crush to release flavor and set aside.

      In a small saucepan, on medium-high heat, combine water and cane sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and add saffron, cardamom and rose petals. Steep for 10 minutes.

      Strain saffron rose cardamom simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve, and allow to cool. This recipe will yield roughly 1 cup of simple syrup. You can store the simple syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!I love using the leftover simple syrup over ice cream, with pancakes or in seltzer.

      Ahead of making your cocktail, fill two old fashioned glasses with plenty of ice. You can embrace Spring full swing, by making edible flower-filled ice cubes. All you need to do is fill an ice cube try with edible flowers (I used calendula, snapdragons and roses), and pour over warm filtered water, and freeze.

      To make the cocktail, fill a shaker with lots of ice, and add simple syrup, mezcal, triple sec and the juice from 1 lime. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted. Strain cocktail into an ice filled old fashioned glass and add 1.75ml (about 2 droppers full!) of Wooden Spoon Herb’s Rose Colored Glasses. Top off with seltzer. Add a calendula flower or lime wheel for garnish. Cheers!

      You can also make this recipe into a mocktail by omitting the alcohol, and adding the simple syrup to seltzer + adding the juice from 1/2 and orange or grapefruit!