Lime can be almost impossible to distill. After all that hard work and time, you can still end up with a spirit that smells and tastes like artificially-flavored candy. Enter the Kaffir lime. It’s an unlikely customer, bumpy and uglier than the limes we’re used to seeing. But they use this citrus – along with its leaf – because of its high aromatic oil content and intense flavor. When Hangar 1 began to infuse these limes together with the leaves, rich notes of wood, white pepper, and cucumber emerged. The resulting spirit is like nothing we’ve ever tasted – unmistakably lime, and endlessly complex.
2 oz Hangar 1 Kaffir Lime
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Fresh cucumber, cilantro & mint
Method: Muddle a small handful of cucumber slices, cilantro leaves and mint in a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients. Shake with ice, strain into cocktail glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with mint.