Sorry folks! My site has been down and my Sunday Farmer’s Market Cocktail post is late!
Better late than never 😉
The weather has been gorgeous in Laguna Beach, despite the fact that it is winter; the sun seems to always be shining in our direction. With sunshine comes inspiration for refreshing cocktails, and my boyfriend who is always excited to taste test them.
As it was a Sunday, which is cocktail testing day, he knew there would be some creativity happening in the “cocktail kitchen”.
For this weeks Farmer’s Market Cocktail what inspired me was the warm temperatures, ocean and of course our seasonal fruit, citrus, that is being seen everywhere from foodie restaurant dishes to the farmers market stands; layers upon layers of these juicy, tangy and sometimes sour fruits.
Browsing the stands I wanted to use a fruit I had not used before in a cocktail; this ended up being a bag of kumquats. Upon choosing this fun fruit, I thought about what flavors would compliment their tangy taste. I came across honey tangerines and delicious, juicy red grapes. As I was finding each of my ingredients I realized this was becoming a sweeter cocktail and wanted to make it more dynamic; I grabbed a bunch of basil to create some herbaceous notes to infuse all the senses.
If you didn’t know we eat and drink with every sense:
Is the item visually appealing?
How does the item smell?
What are the flavors?
What is the texture?
Yes, we subconsciously or consciously ask ourselves all of these questions and our senses make the decisions for us. With my cocktail creations, I like to infuse all the senses in hopes of creating a whole new experience for the cocktail drinker.
This is what I came up with:
The Kumquat Kooler
Set up your Boston Shaker
In the small side of the shaker add:
5 Kumquats Halved
5 Grapes Halved
– Muddle the Kumquats and grapes
3-4 Large Basil Leaves
– “Ball and Slap”
– Drop into small tin
1 oz. Honey Tangelo Juice
½ oz. Lemon Juice
¾ oz. Organic, Local, Raw Honey
1 ½ oz Death’s Door Gin
– Shake and strain into Collins glass over ice
For the Garnish I added grape halves along with the ice in my Collins glass and placed a large basil leaf near the straw for the aroma.
Top with Soda Water or Sparkling Wine
Note: Fresh squeezed juices will always provide a better flavor for your cocktail. I typically double strain all of my fresh squeezed juices so the texture of the cocktail is smooth and silky, without the pulp.