Making your own house-made ingredients is a great way to up the quality of your cocktails. House-made syrups are a great place to start, like in this bitter lemon syrup that is perfect with or without the use of a base spirit. For a savory twist, try shaking in a sprig of fresh tarragon with the gin and bitter lemon before adding the sparkling water. Another delicious twist is the addition of a 1/4 oz of green Chartreuse.
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