Food & Wine

The Statement Cocktail


What is a “statement”? It’s something that announces itself by the mere fact of its presence: an eye-catching necklace, a detailed jacket in a new shape, a bold ring. It’s something completely classic yet totally new. At Chico’s, we’re all about making a statement. So we decided to make one in the form of a cocktail. The elegant contours are those of a quintessential gin and tonic, but like any good statement, there’s a newsworthy surprise.

The Statement

One Drink

Ingredients:

  • 2 Citrus and Botanical ice cubes (recipe follows)
  • 2 tablespoons Tanqueray No. TEN gin
  • 1 thin slice Persian cucumber
  • 1 thin lemon wedge
  • Tonic Water, preferably Fever-Tree, well chilled, about 1/3 cup

Instructions:

  1. Place ice in a single Old-fashioned glass.
  2. Add gin and garnish with cucumber slice and lemon wedge.
  3. Top with tonic water and serve.

Citrus and Botanical Ice Cubes

about 20 ice cubes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Persian cucumber, sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water
  • 20 (about) small rose petals

Instructions:

  1. Place the cucumber, lemon and mint in a 4-cup measuring cup.
  2. Add enough water to the measuring cup to measure 4 cups.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Squeeze the lemon wedges into the water.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, remove the cucumber, mint and lemon and discard.
  6. Stir the rose water into the mixture and pour into 1-inch ice cube molds.
  7. Place a rose petal in each mold and freeze until solid. (Ice cubes can be made 1 month ahead; transfer to a zip-tight bag and keep frozen.)

Recipe created for Chico’s by Jeanne Kelley. All photos by Jeanne Kelley.

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