It’s March. It’s getting warmer (in varying degrees) all across North America. Here in Los Angeles springtime came early, kicking El Niño from his little crib. The trees in my garden would have preferred that Punxsutawney Phil had missed seeing his shadow a bit longer, but facts are facts. Spring is in the air you smell it everywhere. Starting with this black peppercorn-infused gin elderflower punch I’m calling Whiff of Spring for the aromatic breath of sweet elderflower that flavors this springtime libation.
“How warm the sunshine is!” exclaimed a little bud on an elderberry twig. “Yes,” answered her twin sister, “I believe spring has come at last. How glad I am!” All the Year Round: A Nature Reader by Frances Lucia Strong and Martha Allen Lane (1896)
There are two opposing forces in this lighthearted elderflower punch: sweetly etheral elderflower and the unexpected pungency of black peppercorns. Black pepper may have more bite than you’d associate with spring, but it’s always easier to appreciate the warm sunshine when there’s still a nip in the air. Black peppercorn-infused gin brings the nip to this elderflower punch. GREG
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