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The Descanso

The Descanso
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

At Flintridge Proper, gin is the name of the game. The 3-year-old bar's collection of 200 plus, and growing, makes it the biggest gin bar in the country. And owner Brady Caverly is determined to keep it that way. No ... Read more

Total time: 15 minutes, plus cooling time | Makes 1 cocktail
Note: Adapted from a recipe from The Flintridge Proper.

Elderflower soup

  • 5 grams dried elderflower
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Step 1Combine the elderflower and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and set aside until the liquid is cool. Strain the elderflower and discard. Stir in the brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved. This makes a generous 1 1/2 cups syrup, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe. The syrup will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 month.

The Descanso

  • 4 rose petals, divided
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce Elderflower syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin, preferably Hendricks
  • Champagne

Step 1In a cocktail shaker, combine 3 rose petals, the lemon juice, elderflower syrup and gin with plenty of large ice cubes. Shake lightly, and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with the remaining rose petal.

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