101 Best New Cocktails: Northern Terroir by Zachary Nelson, The North Left, Santa Ana, CA, USA.

by Gaz Regan · Friday, August 22nd, 2014 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Northern Terroir

Zachary Nelson, The North Left, Santa Ana, CA, USA.

Northern Terroir Zachary Nelson - Copy

Zach says: “This cocktail reminds me of walking through an herb garden on a spring morning.  Heavily herbaceous, yet light and wonderfully refreshing.  The use of St. George Terroir Gin adds the essence of a lush California Redwood grove while the floral notes from the rosemary garnish pull everything together and excite the palate for the cocktail it is about to imbibe.”

22.5 ml (.75 oz) St. George Terroir GinNorthern Terroir - Copy

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Green Chartreuse

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Art in the Age Sage Spirit

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lime juice

15 ml (.5 oz) rosemary syrup

1 rosemary sprig for garnish

Shake over ice and double strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Clap the rosemary sprig, and add it as a garnish.

*Rosemary Syrup

1 quart water

1 quart granulated sugar

8-10 fresh cut rosemary sprigs

Bring water and rosemary sprigs to a boil and simmer for about a minute. Remove from the heat and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolved, allow the syrup to cool, and strain it into container of your choice.

gaz sez:  Gimme that sage, gimme, gimme, gimme that; Gimme that sage . . .  Okay, that was a riff on an old song that you’ve probably never heard, but you can see where I’m coming from, right?  This one’s right up my street and it works really well without the lime juice, too.  It’s hard to figure out which ingredient pulls this drink together–is it the gin, the Chartreuse, or the Sage Spirit?–who the hell knows?  It works really well, though.  Nicely put together, Zach.

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