An original. I picked a bunch of ransoms that I spotted walking back from school this morning after drop off. They went into the kid's pasta sauce, into our carbonara, but then I decided to combine them with booze. Something for the early morning breath brigade. Garlic cocktails? Challenging. So I turned to Twitter for advice and the inestimable Adam Elmegirab came to my aid. His advice was to think of it as a basil substitute and go for something punchy. His suggestion was a Smash. So for attempt #1 I have swapped out the basil in Jörg Meyer's Gin Basil Smash with the ramsons. The subtle flavour profile of the wild garlic works really well with the lemon and the botanicals in the gin but it also works well with the sweetness which I had been a bit suspect of. Though in retrospect garlic works well with bread, with its toasty sweet notes, and also obviously with tomato. This drink was a real grower.
Bunch of ramsons, stalks and leaves
1/2 a lemon
20ml sugar syrup
60ml Jensen's Gin
Muddle the ramsons and lemon in the bottom of the shaker. It isn't called a Smash for nothing. Add the sugar and check the sweet sour balance. Add the gin and shake hard. Double strain into a chilled rocks glass over ice.