I found these beautiful sweet pea leaves, flowers, and tendrils at the Magnolia Farmers Market yesterday and I really wanted to come up with a way to use them in a cocktail. Mt first thought was a gin & tonic, and I went from there. The result is a semi-sweet, very fresh tasting cocktail that gets its brightness from a quick pea leaf simple syrup. There's a lot less sugar in the simple syrup than in a classic simple syrup, since most of the sweetness comes from the pea leaves.
Pea Leaf Simple Syrup:
1 handfull pea leaves and stalks
.5 cup water
1 tbsp sugar (I used cane sugar)
Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer until the leaves are bright green and the sugar is completely dissolved. The recipe can be scaled up, I just made enough for a few drinks.
1 oz gin
10 heavy dashes pea leaf syrup
1 tsp tonic syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir until chilled, and strain into a glass packed with ice.
Top with soda water and garnish with pea tendrils and flowers. (tonic water can be substituted for the tonic syrup + soda water.)
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gin: I used Botanist Islay Dry Gin, one of my favorite gins. The floral and citrus notes are what I prefer in a gin and tonic, so it seemed perfect for this recipe
tonic syrup: El Guapo Tonic Syrup. I received this tonic syrup in one of Napa Valley Distillery's subscription boxes and I think it's well worth purchasing. It's got a great citrus/bitter tonic flavor but without the mouth-coating feeling that you often get with a lot of tonic waters. I use it in a lot of drinks, both with soda water and without.