Today marks our first dually-written posting! And it's a cocktail!
So, Patty, here. I went out one evening in the East Village to this bar called 'The Blind Barber.' (One actually did enter the bar through a barbershop) After having one Hendricks and tonic, I longed for something more exotic and inventive. I then asked the bartender to shake me up something on the fly. 'What were you having before?' he inquired. 'Gin and tonic,' I replied. So he proceeded to mix up a concoction of Tanqueray, Aperol, St. Germain, lemon juice and simple syrup, pouring it into a chilled martini glass. 'So, what do you call this libation?' '.....'Uh...the Firecracker?' At any rate, we've taken the inspiration and we've spun it into what we're calling Le Marais: a nod to the infamously swishy area in Paris' 3rd arrondissement.
The gin provides a solid, botanical body while the St. Germain lends the unmistakable elderflower flavor it's famous for. The lemon juice adds a tang and cuts the sweetness, while Aperol melds everything together in its aperitify sort-of way. And the pink color is enough to make even Ina Garten blush.
So here's how to shake up your own:
2 shots Tanqueray, or your favorite gin
1 shot St. Germain
scant shot fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 shot Aperol
1/2 shot simple syrup
Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with some crushed ice, shake, and pour into a highball glass over ice. Serve without a garnish and sip slowly. Enjoy. Serves two.
Keep it classy, y'all!
-Davey & Patty <3