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Serving Up: “Charlotte’s Garden” from Otter Cove

Otter Cove

99 Essex Road

Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Otter Cove is a semi-casual seafood and American fare restaurant, offering everything from fresh oysters and Atlantic lobsters to cheeseburgers to butternut squash ravioli — and of course, plenty of creative cocktails.

Mixologist: Anthony DeSerio

Pictured: Missy Guillet

Missy Guillet and Charlotte’s Garden.

Missy Guillet and Charlotte’s Garden.

Cocktail: Charlotte’s Garden

Recipe: Mix,

  • 1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 oz. honey/lavender chamomile syrup*
  • 1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice in a cocktail shaker

Add ice and shake. Strain into wine glass filled with ice. Top with 3 to 4 oz. Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water. Garnish with lemon or lemon twist.

*Syrup: In a pint glass, mix 1/3 honey to 2/3 hot tea, steeping with four lavender chamomile tea bags (any brand). Stir until honey dissolves. Let the tea steep to room temperature. Remove bags, cover and refrigerate (will keep for a month).

“It’s light, crisp, sweet and floral. The honey and lemon bring out the cucumber from the Hendrick’s gin while the elderflower and chamomile bring out the aroma of the rose. A perfect summer cocktail,” said DeSerio.

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