101 Best New Cocktails: Gilbert by Dushan Zaric, The 86 Co, New York, NY

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015


Dushan Zaric, The 86 Co, New York, NY

Gilbert Dushan Zaric10 red Concord grapes

30 ml (1 oz) BarSol Pisco Italia

30 ml (1 oz) Chardonnay (lightly oaked)

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lemon juice

15 ml (.5 oz) rich simple syrup (2:1)

3 drops 5-Spice Bitters* (Bar Keep Chinese Bitters are highly recommendable as a substitute)

Champagne grapes, as garnish

Muddle the grapes in a mixing glass. Add ice and the remaining ingredients. Shake hard and double-strain into a cocktail coupe. Add the garnish.

5-Spice Bitters: Using a hand torch, slightly burn 5 large brown sugar cubes. Add them, 2 bottles of overproof rum (such as Goslings 151), two 2-inch pieces of ginger, 4 cinnamon sticks, 65 g (.75 cup) whole cloves, 70 g (.5 cup) Szechuan peppercorns, and 8 star anise pods to a 2-liter Mason jar. Let infuse for 2 weeks in cool, dry, and dark place. Strain and store for use. Yields: 2 liters. Shelf life: forever.

gaz sez:  Trust Dushan Zaric to tease every last nuance out of such an excellent product as BarSol’s Italia Pisco, and to do it with such fabulous style. You make me smile, my friend.

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