101 Best New Cocktails: Gutter Garden by Chris Stanley, Catherine Lombardi, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

by Gaz Regan · Monday, May 18th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Gutter Garden

Chris Stanley, Catherine Lombardi, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

“When devising this cocktail for spring season I wanted to put forth a bitter cocktail with the potential for a wide appeal.

“In addition to being a great standalone amaro, I have found Braulio to have a good affinity for tropical fruits, so passionfruit seemed a good match. A split base of this with soft genever, a little reinforcement of floral notes from chamomile, and the astringency of dandelion and burdock make for a pleasant, refreshingly herbaceous cocktail.

“In the end, balance really is the key—not taking any one element of flavor too far makes for the best combination. Not too potent either so it makes for a good aperitif.

“As for the name, I reasoned that the majority of the botanicals used in making the spirits, bitters, etc. are largely regarded as weeds or wild plants which are not purposefully cultivated.” Chris Stanley

Gutter Garden - Copy22.5 ml (.75 oz) Braulio Amaro Alpino

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Boomsma Oude genever

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lemon juice

15 ml (.5 oz) Chamomile Syrup*

15 ml (.5 oz) Passionfruit Syrup**

3 dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Dandelion & Burdock bitters

Shake over ice and fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

*Chamomile Syrup: Combine 480 ml (2 cups) boiling water, 500 g (2.5 cups) white sugar, and 14 g (.5 oz) dried chamomile flowers in a container and agitate until sugar is dissolved. Infuse for 24 hours; fine-strain.

**Passionfruit Syrup: Combine 480 ml (2 cups) passionfruit juice , 120 ml (4 oz) water, 250 g (1.25 cups) white sugar, and 200 g (1 cup) turbinado sugar and process with an immersion blender until the sugars are dissolved. Fine-strain twice.

gaz sez: Pain in the Aristotle to make. Delightful to drink. The play between the genever and the Braulio in this drink is pretty stunning, and they form the backbone of bad guys who are willing to let the sweet kids (chamomile and passionfruit syrups) join in their reindeer games. Result: a shoot-out that never ends.

 

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