The Season's Must Drink Cocktail: The Indian Summer

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Who else is ready for Spring?? I'm so excited to move into warmer weather, summer clothes and Spring/Summer cocktail season!

A while back I shared my Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe with you, which was made special with cardamom. This week I'm revisiting that spice, but in cocktail form! Cardamom is native to India, so I'm calling this drink The Indian Summer. Maybe if we all drink this cocktail enough, we'll get a real Indian Summer this year! Worth a shot, right?? Cardamom is a warm spice that mixes with citrus perfectly.

This is my favorite drink ever. It was actually one of the signature drinks at my wedding! This is a copycat recipe from one of our local restaurants in Pullman (but it was named something else). I order it every single time I go, even though it's not on their menu anymore.

I love serving this cocktail to friends, because seriously everyone loves it! Now I always just keep the ingredients stocked so I can shake one up whenever I want!

You have seriously got to try it - you won't be sorry!!

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A few notes:
  • You can buy simple syrup, but you also can make your own simple syrup really easily! Just grab a saucepan and add equal parts water and sugar, and stir over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. You'll know it's done when the edges start to simmer, and the liquid is totally clear. Simple syrup can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 weeks. Score! For this cocktail, I'd make simple syrup using 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar. 
  • I like to serve this cocktail really cold - often with a jumbo ice cube, because it melts so much slower and doesn't water down the drink.

2 oz Gin (I use Bombay Sapphire)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup (see note above)
2-3 dashes Cardamom Bitters

Measure ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake shake shake and pour! Serve with orange garnish if you feel like impressing your guests (or yourself), and enjoy!

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Kirsten Bell


  1. This sounds so refreshing! Can't wait to try it!

  2. Thank you Eddie the Bartender!

  3. I remember this at your wedding! It was so darn delicious!

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