101 Best New Cocktails: Golden Girls by Yi Chen, Berlyn Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY, USA

by Gaz Regan · Friday, February 26th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Golden Girls

Yi Chen, Berlyn Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY, USA

“I created this cocktail for a love interest who had a particular love for lavender, tequila, and the American television show, The Golden Girls. The show’s quartet of women is represented by the color of the tequila and the yellow Chartreuse, and lime, and is appropriately named for the resulting color of the cocktail.” Yi Chen

Golden GirlsLavender Sugar*, for glass

60 ml (2 oz) Excellia añejo tequila

22.5 ml (.75 oz) dark agave nectar

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lime juice

15 ml (.5 oz) yellow Chartreuse

4 dashes Scrappy’s lavender bitters

1 egg white

Dried lavender buds and Lavender Mist**, as garnishes

Rim a chilled coupe with lavender sugar and set aside.

Dry-shake, then add ice and shake again. Double-strain into the coupe. Sprinkle lavender buds on top, then spray the top of the cocktail three times with lavender mist.

*Lavender Sugar: Grind 5 g (1 tablespoon) of dried lavender buds in a clean coffee grinder for 20 seconds. Pour the ground buds into a medium-mesh strainer (large enough to allow bud essences to sift through, but small enough to catch the buds) over a bowl. Sift by tapping the side of the strainer with a hard object such as a spoon. Discard the whole buds. Pulse 25 g (2 tablespoons) of turbinado sugar in the coffee grinder 6 to 7 times until the sugar granules are loosely broken. Combine well with lavender essence.

**Lavender Mist: In a glass container, infuse 10 g (2 tablespoons) of dried lavender buds into 90 ml (3 oz) of 80-proof vodka. Cover and set aside for two days. Fine-strain the buds from the vodka and pour the liquid into a small atomizer spray bottle.

gaz sez: Lavender, lavender, lavender! Reminds me of my Aunt Annie’s house, does lavender. I can see her singing some daft old song while Uncle Harry played the upright piano when I was a kid. And lavender was in the air. Anyway, a drink that’s so tightly knit, that conjures up such specific memories, deserves a standing ovation, I believe. Brava, Yi Chen! Brava!


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