Tuesday, August 5, 2008

From The Mixing Lab: Summer '08

The concoction I'm about to break down for you needs no fancy name, it is so good and such a delicious way of capturing the flavor of one of our great summer finds, the name "Summer '08" is just about perfect.
It started with a trip to the farmer's market a few days ago when I discovered a stone fruit called black apricots. A relative of the apricot, it's not some funky hybrid (read: pluot), but a long lost cousin of the orange fruit we know so well.
It's skin is darker like a plum, and the flavor is much richer and sweeter than a regular apricot. Needless to say, it's delish! After munching a few, I decided to take the remainder and turn them into a drink. I'm proud to say that, after a bit of experimentation came, in the words of The Jess "the best drink you've ever made!"

Summer '08

one black apricot, chilled in the fridge
1 oz Hangar One vodka
0.5 oz Cointreau
1 teaspoon simple syrup
juice of 1/2 lemon
crushed ice
lime wedge

cube up the black apricot with peel on, add to muddling glass with syrup and lemon juice. Muddle vigorously. Add to strainer over shaker and press the solids with the muddler to push through as much juice and pulp as possible. Pour vodka over remains in strainer and press solids again. Tilt strainer and scrape a small quantity of pulp into the shaker (no skin, though).
Add Cointreau and crushed ice to shaker and shake it up!
Pour into lowball glass that is filled with crushed ice.
Garnish with lime wedge and drink the defining beverage of Summer 2008!

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