101 Best New Cocktails: French Governor by Omer Gazit-Shalev, 223, Tel-Aviv, Israel

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

French Governor

Omer Gazit-Shalev, 223, Tel-Aviv, Israel

“Inspired by Jose Leon Bouteiller, a Frenchman and one of the Bacardi founders.  Basically the cocktail is my answer to the question what would have happened if Bouteiller had been controlling the company, and become the Governor of Cuba, with all the French influences on taste, style and ingredients, compared to the somewhat Latin Mojito, Pina Colada etc.,” Omer Gazit-Shalev.

30 ml (1 oz) Bacardi SuperiorFrench Governor

10 ml (.33 oz) tarragon syrup*

10 ml (.33 oz) fresh lime juice

10 ml (.33 oz) pear juice

75 ml (2.5 oz) brut champagne

1 pear fan + 1 lemon twist (on the stem), as garnishes

Shake the Bacardi, syrup, and both fruit juices over ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute.  Top with the champagne and add the garnishes.

*Tarragon Syrup

Over a medium heat, dissolve 1 cup (7 oz) of sugar into 1 cup (240 ml) of water.  Bring the mixture to a boil, add 30 grams (1 oz) fresh tarragon, stir, and remove from the heat.  Allow to cool to room temperature, strain through a double layer of dampened cheesecloth, and refrigerate.

gaz sez:  Keep it simple, stupid!  A great phrase that could be of service to many bartenders who over-think their recipes, and it’s something that Omer Gazit-Shalev obviously knows.  This cocktail has also taught me something new: pears and tarragon make for a beautiful marriage.  I must remember that.  Well done, Omer!

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