Parkside Fizz

Serving Size: 6

Orgeat, an almond-flavored syrup, gives this bubbly cocktail its trademark fragrance. Find it at better supermarkets or liquor stores.

Ingredients

  • 6 large mint sprigs
  • 5 Tbsp orgeat syrup (almond; such as Monin)
  • 1.5 cup citrus vodka (such as Hangar One Buddha's Hand Citron or Absolut Citron)
  • 0.5 cup plus 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 cup club soda

Directions

  1. Strip bottom leaves off mint sprigs, leaving 4–5 leaves on top. Trim sprigs, leaving about a 2" stem attached to leaves; reserve for garnish. Place leaves in a medium pitcher. 
  2. Add orgeat to pitcher. Using a muddler, gently mash mint leaves (do not tear). Add vodka and let steep for 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Strain and return to pitcher. 
  3. Fill 3 Old Fashioned glasses with ice cubes. Pour half of mixture into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice; shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into prepared glasses. Top each with 1/4 cup club soda. Discard ice in shaker and repeat to make 3 more cocktails. Place 1 reserved mint sprig between palms and clap to release aroma; garnish 1 cocktail. Repeat with remaining mint sprigs. Serve with straws. 
  4. Make it a mocktail: Omit the vodka, double the orgeat, and triple the soda.

Recipe courtesy of: Jim Meehan
Image Credit: Levi Brown

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