First Class by Frank Caiafa

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, May 26th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

This is one of 2011’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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First Class

Adapted from a recipe by Frank Caiafa, Peacock Alley Restaurant, New   York City.

“I was saving this cocktail for the G’Vine competition but after completing the exam, I didn’t realize that there was an extensive essay portion.  Unfortunately, my duties here at Peacock Alley, coupled with the closing stages of finishing my band’s new album, leaves little time for dissertations of any kind.  Maybe I’ll be able to go all-in next year.” Frank Caiafa.

4 fresh sage leaves*

1 lime wedge

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lime juice

75 ml (2.5 oz) G’Vine Floraison gin

30 ml (1 oz) Luxardo maraschino liqueur

Freshly ground black pepper, as garnish

Muddle the sage, lime, and lime juice in a mixing glass. Add the ice and remaining ingredients.  Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.

* It is very important to clean the sage leaves.

gaz sez:  I love sage.  I love sage and onion stuffing I love burning sage to cleanse the house, and I love the sage in this drink, too.  It not only plays very nicely with the G’Vine Floraison (a fabulously floral, New Western style gin from France), the sage also works really well with the highly perfumed Luxardo maraschino, too.  And the ground black pepper garnish gives the First Class cocktail its crowning glory—it’s a garnish that adds yet one more dimension to this drink.  Frank’s a very creative guy.

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