I was perusing the fresh produce isle at the supermarket the other day. It was as if it was summer already. The tomatoes were dark red, a hue only seen in the movies or on television. The onions, plump and sweet- their aroma tantalizing me to layer them thickly between slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella cheese. I saw bags of basil with their roots attached, perhaps to plant them when I got home?
There is a plethora of summer produce that has found its way into my consciousness. It’s infectious.
I brought some basil home with me. Rolled the leaves into tight cigars and sliced these cigars on the bias releasing their oils.
Then I added them to a mixing glass along with some ice. Over on the table there is a bottle of Sorel. What is Sorel? It is a marvelous new spirit that speaks of the opulence of fruit, herbs, spices and cola. I thought it would be marvelous with fresh basil and another favorite liqueur of mine named Root. Root is a USDA Certified Organic Root Tea. What is a Root Tea? Root tea was Root Beer before prohibition took the fun out of cocktails.
I combined two shots of Sorel with one shot of Root.
Then I added a bit of Bulldog Gin to the mix.. about a shot.
I then added a teaspoon full of Royal Rose simple syrup of Rose- to add a tangible element of the bizarre to this already twisted concoction.
The last ingredient is freshly squeezed lime juice. There is a haunting sensibility to lime juice. It adds depth to a cocktail along with balance to sweeter elements. So in goes the lime, the Sorel, the Root and a bit of Bulldog Gin.. Can you see what I’m up to? Did I forget anything?
Yes, as a matter of fact I did. The last ingredient is the bitter. Hella Bitter to be exact. The Bitter of Citrus. That extra element is the difference between a drink and a cocktail.
This, my friends, is a cocktail.
I made some giant ice cubes using my Mavea pitcher for this cocktail. Up here in the country our water is full of minerals that can taint the flavor of the cocktails and especially your ice. I don’t like stuff floating around in my ice.
The Mavea makes my ice taste like ice, not like dirty rocks.
Enjoy and Happy Memorial Day!
Some Dark Hollow Cocktail
Fresh Basil, rolled into a cigar, then sliced thinly
Root- USDA Certified Organic Root Tea
Sorel Artisanal Liqueur
Royal Rose “Rose” Syrup
A large Williams-Sonoma Ice Cube – silicone rubber ice cube tray delivered
To an ice cube tray add freshly filtered water- I recommend the Mavea Pitcher
Freeze and be patient.
Roll fresh basil into a cigar shape
Slice across on a bias
Add to a cocktail shaker
Add 1/3 fresh (regular) ice
Add two shots Sorel
Add one shot Root
Add one shot Bulldog Gin
Add 2 Tablespoons Royal Rose “Rose” Simple Syrup
Add 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Strain into short rocks glasses with one GIANT ice cube in each one
Finish with a couple shakes of the Hella Bitter