101 Best New Cocktails: Heart’s Filthy Lesson by Nick Dean, Forte the Restaurant, Jamestown, NY, USA

by Gaz Regan · Sunday, March 27th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Heart’s Filthy Lesson

Nick Dean, Forte the Restaurant, Jamestown, NY, USA

“This cocktail came about after searching the web for David Bowie drinks in the days after his passing… And then wanting to make something all my own!

“I started with pomegranate vodka and Domaine de Canton because it was important to me that the drink be clear-ish, in order for the Peychaud’s to stand out on top of the drink like the eye makeup on the cover of Aladdin Sane.

“After a few false starts with ginger beer and a number of liqueurs, I lucked into this combination of pomegranate, ginger, lime juice and Strega — which ended up wonderfully sweet, tart and somewhat prickly (for lack of a better word). The mint and juniper and other elements of the Strega make for a long, clean finish while also adding a certain hard-to-describe element throughout. It really unites all the other ingredients, but also blends into the background more than I initially thought it would have.

“And the Peychaud’s is just the glam-tastic icing on the cake.” Nick Dean

Heart's Filthy Lesson45 ml (1.5 oz) pomegranate vodka
(gaz sez: I used Pearl Pomegranate Vodka)

15 ml (.5 oz) Strega

15 ml (.5 oz) Domaine de Canton French ginger liqueur

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lime juice

1 dash simple syrup

2 dashes orange bitters

2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters, as garnish

1 lime twist, as garnish

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Add the garnishes.

gaz sez:  Like a stream of unconnected thoughts, this baby comes across like Life on Mars, hopping from one flavor to another with no discernible reason.  Nice one. RIP David Bowie. You will always be a hero of mine.


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