Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bold Flavors & Drinkability

I'm a big fan of bold flavors, and when crafting cocktails, the ultimate goal is "how can I make these bold flavors accessible and enjoyable for my clientele?"  Drinkability: it's a buzz word that's thrown around a lot lately, but at the end of the day, that's exactly what we want.  I always ask myself  "would I order a second one?"  You can have a complex cocktail that's full of bold, interesting, unique flavors, but is also immensely drinkable.

A couple of bold flavors that I love are buddhas hand citrus, basil, and balsamic vinegar.  In a cocktail, Hangar 1 Buddha's Hand Citron Vodka fits the bill.  To this we add orgeat (a delicious almond syrup), and Small Hands Foods in Berkeley makes a stellar one.  Fresh lime juice, basil, and a touch of pineapple and egg white round out the cocktail.  We shake without ice, the egg white lending a frothy, silky texture to the drink.  We shake again with ice to chill and add a little dilution, and strain the drink into a chilled Coupe glass.  Balsamic comes into play in the form of a balsamic reduction, and this is drizzled into the foamy, creamy surface of the cocktail. 

I'm also a big fan of Green Chartreuse.  Love the stuff.  It's my "stranded on an island with only one thing to drink" drink.  Green Chartreuse is bold, herbaceous, certainly complex.  And it loves pineapple.  It has an affinity for that appealing tropical fruit, and in a cocktail, it's a match made in heaven.  Here's a spicy, rye whiskey-based cocktail calling for both:

Happily Stranded
1.5 oz. Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey
.5 oz. Green Chartreuse
.75 oz. Small Hands Foods Pineapple Gum Syrup
.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
20 drops of house-made Calabrian Tincture
Shake well with ice
Fine-strain into a frozen Coupe glass
Garnish with a lemon peel


The Spice Trade
Banana, curry, chartreuse?  Yes please!  Indian flavors abound in this culinary-inspired creation
House-made Banana Infused Rye Whiskey
Green Chartreuse
House-made "Curried" simple syrup
Lemon Juice
Shake well with ice
Fine-strain into a chilled rocks glass, no ice
no garnish

1 comment:

Ivan Chan said...

Dude. You had me at Buddha's hand citrus!