An English Country Garden 1.000

Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

May 16, 2014

This is a decided step away from a mojito. The cocktail's fresh, minty pea syrup is combined with a citrus gin and a bitter amaro that tastes of cherries and tangerines.

Make Ahead: The pea-mint syrup needs to steep for 30 minutes. Leftover syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Where to Buy: Montenegro Amaro is available in Montgomery County liquor stores. Fords Gin is available at Ace Beverage in Northwest Washington.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • For the syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon packed fresh mint leaves
  • 8 ounces fresh or frozen/defrosted/blanched green peas
  • For the drink
  • 1 1/2 ounces Fords Gin (see headnote)
  • 1/4 ounce Montenegro Amaro (see headnote)
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • 1 or 2 pea shoots, for garnish
  • Mint sprig, for garnish
  • Small borage blossoms or other edible flowers, for garnish (optional)


For the syrup: Combine the sugar, water and mint in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.

Place the peas in a blender. Pour the cooled syrup over them; puree until smooth. Pour back into the saucepan (off the heat); cover tightly with plastic wrap to steep for 30 minutes. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Discard the solids. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the drink: Combine the gin, amaro, lime juice and 1/2 ounce of the pea-mint syrup in a cocktail shaker. Seal and shake lightly, then strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.

Garnish with the pea shoots, mint and edible flowers, if using.

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Recipe Source

From Gordon Banks, co-owner of Bar Charley in the District and bartender at Jackie's Sidebar in Silver Spring.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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