Crossing the Bridge
Look at me go: the third post in a row with my own creation! I feel like I’m in touch with my inner mixologist. Or maybe my inner lush. Sometimes they are very hard to tell apart.
My inner mixologist pointed out that many of my herbs will soon be departing for winter. My inner lush reminded me that pear vodka is great in the fall. So I shook up the following concoction, sort of a bridge between summer and fall; or a bridge between mixologist and lush.
Bridge the Gap4 large sage leaves 3 inch rosemary sprig 1 1/2 oz le poire vodka* 3/4 oz lemon juice 1/2 simple syrup
Muddle sage and rosemary with lemon juice; add ice, vodka and simple syrup and shake well. Double strain into a rocks glass with ice. Add additional sage leaf to garnish (optional).
Something else that will satisfy my dual inner voices is the new Swig Well, a “drinking academy” started by Anu Apte, bartender/owner of Rob Roy in Seattle. Anu presented a preview class just for LUPEC members last week, where she demonstrated how tweaks to a cocktail can help us match our “Memories in a Glass.” Classes are open to the general public by reservation, unless otherwise noted. I can’t wait! Looks like I’ll be spending more time on a bridge — the 520.
*I find most flavored vodkas too sweet or artificial tasting, but the Grey Goose Le Poire is quite nice.
As always, check out my Glossary of Spirits page for alcohol and mixer definitions and details.