I am a huge fan of cocktails, they’re so versatile and a great way to explore new flavours. I found a recipe in a recent BBC Good Food magazine that I decided to shake up when given a bottle of Holy Grass Vodka to try out. So here’s my Holy Grass Vodka Spritz…
The original recipe for this spritz was using lemon verbena, which I just could not find without going to a garden store and in city centre Manchester this isn’t easy (B&Q near me has just shut down!) So I switched it for some Lemongrass and decided to garnish with mint leaves instead. Although I actually think a bit of ginger would’ve gone quite well as a garnish in the end, so if you try that instead, let me know how it goes.
It may look like science, but the over night infusion and all the straining of the lemongrass out of the sugar syrup mixture was worth it. You definitely need to make the sugar syrup yourself as you need the warmth for the flavour to infuse from the lemongrass, cheating just won’t work here I’m afraid.
- 500g Caster sugar
- 500ml Water
- 3 Lemongrass stalks, bruised, trimmed and sliced up
- Holy Grass Vodka
- Prosecco, ice cold
- Lemon bitters
- Dry vermouth
- Mint (garnish)
- Bring the water and sugar to the boil, until dissolved.
- Once dissolved pour into a clean jug and add in the bruised lemongrass stalks.
- Cover with clingfilm and leave to cool.
- Once cool leave overnight in the fridge, make sure the jug is still covered.
- The next day strain the sugar syrup mix with a sieve then through muslin into another clean jug where you need to add 50ml of the Holy Grass vodka and stir.
- Once mixed pour into a sterilised Kilner bottle, it will keep for 2 months in the fridge.
- Add into a wine glass 25ml of the sugar syrup mix, 25ml Holy Grass Vodka, 20ml dry vermouth and 2 dashes of lemon bitters.
- Add some ice in and top with ice cold prosecco, stir with a cocktail spoon to ensure it is fully mixed and garnish with mint leaves.
- For parties- make a jug up filled with ice and the sugar syrup, vodka, vermouth and bitters mix. Then go round topping people up with a bit from the jug and then the prosecco, perfect for BBQs!
The Holy Grass Vodka Spritz is a wonderful cocktail to go with food, not too over powering, not too sweet and very refreshing. Just be careful not to run out of Prosecco! I’m very pleased to also share that my lovely friends who came round for the evening enjoyed my concoction.
I also wanted to make sure I made a cocktail that wasn’t going to destroy the wonderful flavour of the Holy Grass Vodka, this is a wonderfully delicate vodka that is actually quite easy to drink on it’s own. Whilst the recipe for it is TOP SECRET, the vodka is a carefully put together creation of local produce and ingredients. It is infused with a carefully crafted vapour of Highland apples and apple juice, to complement the sweetness of the botanical Holy Grass. Holy Grass, so called as it was once used to bring a sweet, vanilla smell to church floors, brings a wonderful and distinct herbaceous flavour to the vodka. Mmmm!!
So what do you think of my cocktail idea? Would you give it a go or try out the Holy Grass Vodka? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Thank you Holy Grass Vodka for supplying the vodka for review, as ever all opinions and photos are my own.