Saturday, April 9, 2011

Two For Spring: One With Tequila, And One With Gin

Sabroso Diablo
4 thin cucumber wheels
a handful of fresh dill
.25 oz. simple syrup
a pinch of salt
a pinch of fresh cracked pepper
muddle well in bottom of a mixing glass
1 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1.5 oz. Silver Tequila
A bar spoon of Don Amado Anejo Mezcal (the subtle smoke from the mezcal is absolutely wonderful with the elderflower and dill components!)
Shake and strain into a tall, decorative glass over fresh ice
Top with a small splash of chilled Prosecco for some light effervescence & added flavor
Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber and a sprig of fresh dill

Phoenix In The Garden
(This is the Gin version.  I have a tequila version of this cocktail too, posted here)

4 thin slices of radish
a pinch of salt
Spring Herbs (I'm currently using 6 Italian parsley leaves, but the cocktail also works very well with a small piece of fresh thyme, or several fresh cilantro leaves instead of the parsley.  Each herb creates something different and unique in the final cocktail.)

Muddle well in the bottom of a mixing glass
2 healthy dashes Scrappy's Celery Bitters
1.25 oz. home-made carrot syrup, or more to taste as desired*
.5 oz. Cocchi Americano Aperitivo
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1.75 oz. Gin (several styles work really well in this drink, but I'm currently loving Citadelle and Oxley)
Shake well with ice; strain into a tall glass over fresh ice
Top with a splash of Seltzer Water
Garnish with a baby carrot and a thin radish slice on a sword pick, and a big sprig of fresh parsley in center of drink

* The carrot syrup is home-made with fresh, diced carrots and a 2 parts water to 1 part sugar ratio

Both of these cocktails are now available at the Walnut Creek Yacht Club.  We have an award-winning Wine Spectator Wine List, an eclectic and ever-growing beer list; a creative, imaginative, and balanced cocktail list with some truly fantastic cocktails; and a stellar line-up of spirits and liqueurs.  CHEERS!

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