101 Best New Cocktails: Freshmaker by Eric Grenier, Honor Kitchen & Cocktails, Oakland, CA, USA

by Gaz Regan · Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015


Eric Grenier, Honor Kitchen & Cocktails, Oakland, CA, USA

“Very refreshing and reminds me of those goofy Mentos commercials. This is a Fernet gateway cocktail.” Eric Grenier

Freshmaker45 ml (1.5 oz) Strawberry-Infused Rum*

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lemon juice

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Black Pepper Syrup**

15 ml (.5 oz) Fernet Branca

Cream soda (preferably Hank’s Vanilla Cream)

1 mint sprig, as garnish

Shake over ice and strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Top with cream soda and add the garnish.

*Strawberry-Infused Rum: Remove stems and chop 2 pints of ripe strawberries. Place fruit in a wide-mouth mason jar and fill with enough rum (I use El Dorado 3 Year Old) to cover the fruit. Macerate for 3 to 4 days, or to taste. Strain out the solids, being careful not to press on the fruit, and bottle.

**Black Pepper Syrup: Dissolve 200 g (1 cup) granulated sugar into 360 ml (1.5 cups) of water over medium heat. When dissolved, add 10 g (1 tablespoon) cracked black peppercorns and 10 g (1 tablespoon) whole black peppercorns. Let syrup simmer for 20 minutes. Cool and bottle. May be kept up to one month.

gaz sez: I never needed a gateway to Fernet, personally, but I’m in favor of making new converts to it, and this drink works really well in so many ways. Freshmaker is a very complex drink, and at the same time there’s no need to make a fuss over it—just sip and smile. You’ll be happy you did.


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