The Roquette, an Arugula Gimlet
I love trying out new recipes for cocktails that feature fresh-from-the-garden produce. Most involve herbs because of their intense flavors and aromas, so I couldn't resist this recipe for the Roquette from mixologist Matthew Biancaniello at the Library Bar in Hollywood. The drink is a take on the gimlet that features arugula, which is called roquette in French. Citrusy and sweet with a natural bright green hue, this is a drink that will wow your guests and have them asking you to mix up another!
1 c arugula
2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
1 1/2 tbsp agave nectar
4 oz gin (Hendricks is recommended)
Combine the arugula, lime juice, and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a pestle or long-handled wooden spoon for about a minute, until the arugula is wilted and has released its juices. Pour in the gin and add a few ice cubes. Shake until the drink is chilled, about 10-20 seconds. Strain into two chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a few arugula leaves, and serve.