Serenity Now, featuring James River Distillery

The name came about because I probably watch way too much T.V. This is the perfect summer cocktail, it’s refreshing and dry at the same time. 

1 ounce Commonwealth Gin
1/2 ounce Cocchi Americano
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce cucumber mint syrup
2 dashes lemon bitters
1 ounce dry sparkling wine

Muddle two slices of fresh cucumber with the cucumber mint syrup and bitters. Add remaining ingredients (minus the wine) and shake. Double strain into a coupe or champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.

Melissa Smith of the Rappahannock Oyster Bar
1309 5th St., NE, DC, 20002