MOTHER’S DAY COCKTAIL
Is your mom sweet like honey? Warm and comforting like a cup of tea? Or even a little spicey? Klaus has never met his own mother, but that doesn’t stop him from celebrating all the moms in his life.
So he’s concocted a cocktail for all moms–no matter what shape or form they come in.
Springtime brings flavor into the equation because after the long winter we had, all Klaus wants is simplicity and flavor.
So what does Klaus want?
Fabulous Rio Red Grapefruit syrup, grenadine, Barr Hill Gin, Tenneyson Absinthe and Bitter End Thai Bitters???
Bitter End Bitters out in Santa Fe, New Mexico makes Thai Bitters that are like delving into a bowl of Thai Chilies. There is that heat element that is for certain…But then there are the flavors that open up, drop-by-concentrated-drop in a cocktail. I’ve tasted dozens of bitters and there really is nothing on the market that has the character of the Bitter End. Don’t get me wrong, I love bitters and could wax poetic for hours using them in my drinks. Bitters are just about the best thing for a hangover, according to Klaus. He knows.
Fruitations from Massachusetts are a most gorgeously concentrated, pure fruit syrups that are just exceptional in any kind of cocktail or mocktail. I just go gaga over the grapefruit syrup because it is like tucking into a juicy, ripe grapefruit. Less is more with this high quality syrup. You don’t have to use much, it’s that good!
A hit of Tenneyson Absinthe Royale is necessary. Try it and you’ll know why. It’s a secret otherwise!
Klaus’s Mother’s Day cocktail
FIRST, make a pot of Beekman 1802 Mercantile Blend tea – please serve it steaming hot to warm you deeply before, cooling yourself with this spring cocktail.
4 oz. Barr Hill Gin, made from Raw Honey and grain with juniper berries
½ oz. Tenneyson Absinthe Royale
2 oz. Grenadine
6 oz. Fruitations Rio Red Grapefruit Cocktail and Soda Syrup
Pour yourself a cup of Beekman 1802 tea and while you enjoy the smoky demeanor of this very elegant tea
In a Boston Shaker, fill ¾ with bar ice
Pour over the Barr Hill Gin
Add the Grenadine
Add the Fruitations Rio Red Grapefruit cocktail and soda syrup
Cap and shake hard for 15 seconds
Pour into a Collins Glass with several hand cut ice cubes
Drip four drops of the Bitter End Thai bitters over the top. If this is too spicy, cut back to two drops