Tasting a bit like a mint julep but with an earthy undertone, the Palmetto Cooler is a refreshing, reviving drink – perfect on a hot day when you’re feeling like cactus.
15 ml apricot liqueur (confession: I substituted apricot brandy as that’s what I had handy. Don’t judge me)
15ml sweet vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters
120ml soda water
Two-thirds fill the glass with ice. Pour in everything except the soda water and mint sprig and stir. Then add the soda, stir again, and garnish with the mint sprig. (Two lots of stirring helps your drink to chill down quickly, so don’t think you can get away with bunging everything in the glass and stirring only once!)
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
This one’s from The Cocktail Bible by Steve Quirk (New Holland Press, 2010).