In this crazy time I think we all need The Cure. Some cocktails are borne out of necessity, this is one of those. After all these weeks in quarantine, we needed something that cured us of the “stuck at home blues”. If you are feeling this way, we have the cure, cocktail.
Patching the Soul
When I was making this I really wanted something beautiful, and highly refreshing. Something that tastes like a light at the end of the tunnel, which is what we really need today. To keep the flavors clean I started with Absolute Vodka, one of the best mixing vodka’s I know. Then layered in fresh fruit, St Germain Elderflower liqueur, and a touch of simple syrup. This made the cure for the quarantine blues.
To make it extra beautiful I added a strawberry and orange flag and brandied cherry on a skewer.
The Cure Cocktail
Absolute Vodka. St Germain Elderflower Liqueur. Pineapple. Lime. Strawberry. Cane Syrup.
The Cure Cocktail
Some cocktails are borne out of necessity, The Cure is one. After all these weeks in quarantine, we need the cure to fix the "stuck at home blues".
- 2 ounces Absolute Vodka
- 2 Strawberries
- 3/4 ounce Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
- 2 tsp Simple Syrup
- Orange Wheel 1/2 a Strawberry, and Brandied Cherry on a Skewer for Garnish
Muddle the strawberries in a cocktail shaker.
Add remaining ingredients.
Shake with ice, strain in a chilled coupe.
Lay skewer on top.
The Truth About Designing Cocktails
While it may sound like things just come together to make a great cocktail, so rarely is this the case. Many times it is a long process of experimentation, which means barely drinkable, and at times undrinkable failures. The cure went through quite a few iterations to become delicious. The first few were awful, and then as the recipe forms it become more and more drinkable. In my liquor cabinet there are always recipe cards of half formed cocktails that need refining.
The cure spent a decent amount of time in this half formed state, where every so often I would tweak it somehow slowly refining it. The original version of this cocktail was gin based, using a strong flavored Bols Genever and rhubarb bitters, and no strawberries. Once I swapped out gin for vodka, ditched the rhubarb, and went after the fruit, it was a matter of tweaking the proportions.
The reason I am sharing this, is when I write these recipes sometimes it can sound like a cocktail can be thrown together, this happens very rarely. When you go to a bar and find a unique and delicious cocktail, know that there was probably a lot of experiments that ended in the drain. Enjoy the cure, like so many cocktails took some work to perfect.
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