Junes theme will be “favorite niche spirit”, so any cocktail where the base ingredient is not bourbon, gin, rum, rye, tequila, vodka etc would qualify. So whether you choose Mezcal or Armagnac get creative and showcase your favorite niche spirit.UPDATE: Check out the recap post here.
One of my favorite classics it the Pisco Sour, a drink which itself already uses the niche spirit Pisco. The simple yet elegant recipe lends itself easily to successful tinkering, which I've done before, and will now do again. I first tried swapping the Pisco for Aquavit, a spirit close to my heart and if not a niche spirit I don't know what one is. While the simple substitution made for a delightful enough drink, I decided to dress 'er up a bit more, adding Celery bitters, which I find go well with Aquavit. Then I used Maraschino in place of some of the simple, rounding out the flavor and adding a bit of funky fruit in the finish to follow the herbal notes on the sip. An improvement, certainly, but I wasn't finished. Why not add a second niche spirit? I cut back on the Aquavit and added a nip of Mezcal, adding it's distinctive smoke, a yet rounder flavor, and perhaps even a hint of rebellion. (Though not to imply the Del Maguey line is something one needs to be dared to drink; it's fine stuff.) After all this, I give you the Sourvit, or "Sour of life", if you will:
SourvitTDN:Citrus. (nb this was certainly more than inspired by the tangerine pisco I had seen on cocktail
Dry shake, shake, double strain, top foam with a few drops of Nasturtium-Cumin Bitters. Sip whilst saluting TraderTiki and cursing Trader Vic.
- 2 oz Pisco
- ½ oz
TraderTiki(oh, wait, I mean B.G. Reynolds) Orgeat
- ½ oz five-spice simple syrup (1:1)
- ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz egg white
- 1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
- A.B. Smeby Nasturtium-Cumin bitters to top
Hope you enjoy 'em, and stay tuned for Filip's roundup of all the entries in a few days. Though I'll be in Ireland, so I will have to wait 'til I return next week to peruse. Sláinte!