101 Best New Cocktails: Gondolier by Alex Malec, Ox and Stone, Rochester, NY, USA

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, October 17th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Gondolier

Alex Malec, Ox and Stone, Rochester, NY, USA

“This cocktail was inspired by the herbal nature Italy. The effervescence promotes the crisp nature of Italian produce. The tequila pays homage to the bar that I now call home, that allows me to explore my bartending creativity and that helps promote my skills. The drink, overall, encompasses the variety of love that my girlfriend and I experienced while visiting Italy on the most romantic trip of our lives.” Alex Malec

Gondelier2 sage leaves

1 thyme sprig

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lemon juice

15 ml (.5 oz) simple syrup

45 ml (1.5 oz) Espolòn blanco tequila

15 ml (.5 oz) yellow Chartreuse

Ginger beer

1 curled cucumber slice, as garnish

1 thyme sprig, as garnish

Muddle the sage and thyme with lemon juice and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add ice and the remaining ingredients. Shake and strain over ice into old-fashioned glass. Top with ginger beer and add the garnishes.

gaz sez: Here’s a perfect drink for springtime, a great quaff by the ocean in August, a fabulous cocktail to sip as the leaves turn, and it goes down pretty well in a snowstorm, too. Try it. You’ll like it.

 

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