101 Best New Cocktails: Red Light District by Kyritsis Vasileios, The Clumsies, Athens, Greece

by Gaz Regan · Friday, January 16th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2014

Red Light District

Kyritsis Vasileios, The Clumsies, Athens, Greece

Red Light District Kyritsis Vasileios

“[This is a] twist on a classic Negroni with herbal and botanical notes and a hint of spice from the jasmine tea and green chartreuse.  I used Genever instead of Gin because I need a small touch of malty wood in my Negroni,” Kyritsis Vasileios

30 ml (1 0z) Bols Zeer Oude Jenever infused with white jasmine tea*Red Light District

25 ml (.8 oz) Campari

15 ml (.5 oz) Cocchi di Torino sweet vermouth

10 ml (.33 oz) Noilly Prat dry vermouth

5 ml (.17 oz or 1 teaspoon) Green Chartreuse

Cucumber slice and fresh oregano, as garnishes

Stir over cracked ice, and strain into a cracked-ice filled old-fashioned glass.  Add the garnishes.

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*Bols Zeer Oude Jenever infused with White Jasmine Tea

Add 6 teaspoons of white jasmine tea-leaves to  700ml Bols Zeer Oude Jenever, and allow the mixture to infuse for 48 hours.  Strain through a double layer of dampened cheesecloth, and refrigerate.

gaz sez:  It seems to be a common theme, this year, to create new drinks that call for far too many ingredients, and on paper, don’t look as though they’d ever taste good.  And yet bartender after bartender seems to be pulling off this style of cocktail, and Kyritsis Vasileios has created a masterpiece here.  Well done, sir!

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