101 Best New Cocktails: Duck and Cover by Jenn Tosatto, The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange, Kansas City, MO, USA

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, July 6th, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

 

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Duck and Cover

Jenn Tosatto, The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange, Kansas City, MO, USA

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“The drink grew out of my love of vermouth and my lackadaisical attitude toward vodka. I needed a bright, refreshing summer vodka cocktail, but I wanted it to be something I would drink. So I knew citrus, simple, vodka and vermouth but I needed a kicker. I found it in the Genepy des Alpes. It actually turned out to be one of my favorite drinks I’ve created,” Jenn Tosatto

Genepy Des Alpes,* as a rinse

30 ml (1 oz) Aylesbury Duck Vodka

30 ml (1 oz) Dolin Dry Vermouth

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lemon juice

15 ml (.5 oz) simple syrup

1 cucumber ribbon, as garnish

Rinse a chilled coupe with the Genepy, and set it to one side.  Shake the remaining ingredients over ice.  Swirl the Genepy around the glass one last time and discard the excess.  Strain into the coupette, and add the garnish.

*Jenn Notes that if Genepy is unavailable, Green Chartreuse can be substituted.  The web site for Genepy Des Alpes explains: Genepy is famous as the primary alpine herb used to create the legendary Chartreuse. Traditionally bottled on its own by a few select producers, Chez Dolin offers this classic example dating back from their 1821 recipe. Pale green and yellow in color, the nose is dominated by the concentrated, pungent, herbaceous nature of the herb, with a sweet mouth coating on the palate that transitions to a long, warming minty, candy cane, and lavender finish.

gaz sez:  This is right up my alley, and it’s seldom you hear me say that about a citrus-y drink.  Mind you, it also works very well indeed as a Vodka Martini, sans syrup and lemon juice, with the fabulous rinse of the Genepy.  Thanks for introducing me to Genepy, Jenn.  Ooh.  That’s what I’m gonna call you from now on: Genepy Jenn!

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