In honor of the holiday we’ve drawn inspiration from a favorite restaurant in our nation’s capitol. The Founding Farmers classic ‘Constitution’ cocktail has given birth to this crisp, American made Vodka concoction. You won’t see red white and blue, but it’s damn close enough.
This is the epitome of a day drink. Let’s get to it.
Vodka. American Harvest is great for its wheat base (Idaho), a sweet flavor gives credence to small implements throughout a palate full drink. And, you know, the name. Tito’s (Texas) has a more potent aroma on the tongue, reminiscent of a first taste of the spirit, but is a fine substitute to the recommended. One picks apples and oranges in choosing between two fine vodkas that are wholly recommended for their quality and domestic affiliation.
Lavender Bitters. Just like the American revolution, there’s quite a lot going on in this glass. The sweet layering of lavender bodes here as a platform for the rest of the drink to spring into your mouth. Won’t tell you what specific bitters to buy, but it’s generally a thin market. When adding real fruit to the mix later on you’ll be happy this integral piece is a dash in liquid.
Blueberries/Raspberries. Another ode to the farmer and the best thing about summer: in season fruit. Do not mash these, put them into the drink as is. Full of liquid and flavor they will steep into the beverage just enough for desired hints of flavor. A nice chewy treat at the bottom of the glass.
Lemon Juice. If you can get fresh squeezed, please do. The citrus here adds a necessary smell on the initial drink and burrows between an alcohol infusion of vodka and bitters, breaking it up evenly on the tongue for a smooth finish.
Fizz. Seltzer. Nothing sweet.
Orange. Coat the rim and let it sit. A complement to the lemon that does more (necessary) good for texture than flavor.
Avec Ice, that’s all you need.
A standard serving weighs in at 6oz , enough for two out of our mason shaker.
1 ½ standard shot spirit of choice
1 1/2 - 3 drops lavender bitters
Bartender discretion on fruit (recommended 2 ras/ 4 blue)
1 ½ tsp lemon juice
¾ cup fizz
Always drink responsibly.