9 lovage leaves
3 (1/4-inch) cucumber slices
1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note below)
1 1/2 ounces Hendrick's gin
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
3/4 ounce kale juice (see note above)
2 ounces chilled seltzer
Garnish: Lovage leaf and thin cucumber slice
Muddle lovage leaves with the cucumber slices in a Collins glass or small mason jar.
To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Add simple syrup, gin, lemon juice, and kale juice. Stir to combine. Fill glass with ice, top with seltzer and stir gently to mix. Garnish cocktail with lovage and thin cucumber slice.
Note: Your juice yield will vary depending on which juicer you use. We found that it takes about 3/4 pound of kale to produce 4 ounces of juice.
Recipe and photograph courtesy of Autumn Giles.