The Betty White
Named after funny lady Betty White, this cocktail is Savarino’s sassy take on the White Lady (gin, Cointreau, and lemon); it‘s also a boozy reinterpretation of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea. “Sometimes, I make things I don’t really want to put in a cocktail,” Savarino says about the homemade chamomile liqueur featured in this drink. “This liqueur is so pretty on its own, it doesn’t need making up. Keep It Simple Stupid, a cliché for a reason. Even chefs and bartenders can forget this.” Make one for Mom this Mother’s Day. It’s super simple and delicious, a wonderful balance of tart, herbal, and floral notes—and the bubbly float adds a celebratory touch.
Recipe: The Betty White
Summary: Maggie Savarino’s sassy take on the White Lady
- 1 1/2 ounces mild gin, like Beefeater or Voyager (made by Pacific Distillery in Woodinville, WA)
- 3/4 ounce chamomile liqueur
- 1/4 ounce lemon juice
- A float of bubbly (optional)
- Combine the gin, liqueur, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a pretty glass. Top with a pinkie’s worth of bubbles, if you like. If it’s too tart, you can add a little simple syrup.
Number of servings (yield): 1
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