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101 Best New Cocktails: Bikers Grove by Jen Riley, Red House/Le Tiki Lounge, Paris

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

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Bikers Grove

Adapted from a recipe by Jen Riley, Red House/Le Tiki Lounge, Paris

“I was working for Candelaria at the point of conception of the Biker’s Grove and was invited to work for a large annual spirits event called Whiskey Live organised by Le Maison du Whisky in the September of last year (2012).  I was to be representing Tequila Ocho and asked to create a cocktail using the 2011 blanco.  I love the ideology of Ocho (producing tequila in the same manner that wine is produced and seeing just how much the ‘terroir’ affects the agave and the final outcome of the tequila) I wanted to create a fairly dry drink that would accentuate the earthiness of the tequila.  I played about with variations on other classics such as the Negroni and Manhattan but nothing seemed to do the tequila justice for me.  Then one night, rooting around the back of the fridge, I pulled out a bottle of aquavit and thought why not give it a go?  I immediately the loved the play-off between the caraway notes of the aquavit and the earthy spice of the Ocho, and so maraschino and grapefruit were added and the Bikers Grove was born.  I decided to express the oils from the grapefruit zest onto the interior of the glass, as when expressed onto the surface of the drink, the scent of the grapefruit overwhelmed the herbal and vegetal notes i was trying to highlight. Expressing the oils onto the interior of the glass added a fresh awakening note to the cocktail  without being over powering. I was also lucky enough to spend an evening with Tomas Estes at Candelaria.  Myself and my boyfriend (Joe) were out getting tacos there, when Adam (one of Candelaria’s owners) passed through and told me Tomas  was in the bar enjoying my cocktail and that I should come on through to say hello. We bobbed our heads in to say hello and ended up drinking a great deal of Bikers Groves.  Anecdotes were shared and the wonderful soiree saw Tomas and Joe arm wrestling in a candle lit corner of the bar! Brilliant!” Jen Riley

1 grapefruit twistBikers Grove

50 ml (1.7 oz) Ocho tequila blanco 2011

20 ml (.66 oz) aquavit

1 barspoon Luxardo maraschino liqueur

2 dashes Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters

1 green olive, as garnish

Serve in a chilled martini glass

Express the oil of the grapefruit twist onto the interior of a chilled cocktail glass, and discard the zest.  Stir the remaining ingredients over ice, strain into the pre-prepared glass, and add the garnish.

gaz sez:  Love the story behind this drink, and I’m so jealous that I wasn’t with Jen, Tomas, and Joe at Candelaria that night.  At least I’ve been able to sample this drink, though, and it’s a veritable doozy of a cocktail.  Ocho is such a fabulous tequila, and Jen merely decorates it with tiny tapestries of flavors that make this drink taste like a fine old country-western song.  There’s a banjo here, fiddles over there, a harmonica pipes up now and then, and you can hear washboards in the background keeping the beat.  Nice one, Jen.

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101 Best New Cocktails: Norwegian Negroni by Adam Harness, Cafe Maude, Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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Norwegian NegroniNorwegian Negroni

Adapted from a recipe by Adam Harness, Cafe Maude, Minneapolis, MN.

“A very light and herbal/citrus taste, perfect for a before dinner libation. Due to the fact that many Minnesotans are of Norwegian heritage, I thought this would be a good starter for someone who wants to experience a craft cocktail.” Adam Harness.

60 ml (2 oz) Linie aquavit

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Noilly Prat dry vermouth

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Aperol

2 dashes Bittercube orange bitters

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain over an ice chunk in a low-ball glass. Add the garnish.

gaz sez:  This is a delightful use of aquavit.  The drink is simple, dry, and very sophisticated.  One of my favorites this year.

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101 Best New Cocktails: Freetown Forever by Lars Erik Lyndgaard Schmidt, Byens Lys, Christiana, Copenhagen

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Freetown Forever

Adapted from a recipe by Lars Erik Lyndgaard Schmidt, Byens Lys, Christiana, Copenhagen.

eMail to Lars, December 1, 2011: FYI: I was just interviewed by the NY Times about drinks with weird ingredients and I forwarded your recipe to them because of the sea buckthorn juice which is unusual in the USA. Just got myself a bottle—it’s weird!

Reply from Lars, later that same day: All right… Such a surprise. That would be it if FREETOWN FOREVER would be printed in NY Times. It’s based on all local ingredients. Fresh and with a huge amount of antioxidant. We serve it weekly to our event Science & Cocktail. [We] invite professors from around world its growing event here in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s all free for public.

50 ml (1.65 oz) golden Danish aquavit

30 ml (1 oz) sea buckthorn juice

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lemon juice

20 ml (.66 oz) local golden honey

1 lemon twist

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled coupette. Squeeze the twist over the drink, then discard.

gaz sez: The following is straight from Wikipedia, so it must be true, right? “Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania (Danish: Fristaden Christiania) is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents, covering 34 hectares (85 acres) in the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Civic authorities in Copenhagen regard Christiania as a large commune, but the area has a unique status in that it is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989 which transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the municipality of Copenhagen to the state. It was closed by residents in April 2011, whilst discussions continued with the Danish government as to its future, but is now open again.”

Scandinavian bartenders are beginning to make their presence known in the international arena, and this drink serves to show us that some of them have style all their own. I urge you to try this drink, and if you do, you’ll be encountering sea buckthorn juice. It’s one of the weirdest flavors I’ve even encountered. It’s sour, vinegary, sweet, and fruity. Like nothing I’ve ever encountered before.

This is one of 2012’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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