The Podarcis Muralis aka European Wall Lizard aka The Lazarus Lizard has an interesting story in the greater Cincinnati area. The folk lore suggests this species was smuggled to the US in 1951 by the 10 year-old step-son of Fred Lazarus III from a family vacation in Lake Garda in northern Italy. Only a handful of the castaways survived but the ones that did found great solace in Cincinnati’s southern facing stone walls particularly in Torrence Court what has now become known as Lizard Hill.
The Lazarus Lizard likes long strolls on Lizard Hill, picnics and libations on Cincinnati’s southern facing stone walls. Its hobbies are eating bugs, open mic nights with fellow lizards and opportunistically catching mosquitoes for cocktails.
The Mosquito Mojito
½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
3-4 fresh mint leaves
4oz The Lazarus CBD Seltzer
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add rum, lime juice, half the mint leaves and simple syrup. Shake for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice, stir in the The Lazarus CBD Seltzer and garnish with mint leaves.
*Gently roll the mint leaves up and smack them against the palm of your hand to garnish.
We’re proudly donating a portion of The Lazarus proceeds to the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati.