The Cocktail Gadabout #74

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Fields Forever

[February 13, 2017] I’m kind of a sucker for anything John Lennon. He was without question my favourite Beatle. This cocktail created at the venerable NoMad Bar in NYC, alas, is more akin to Paul than John. Light and fruity, the drink, though incredible, is lacking the brooding complexity one would expect from something named after a Lennon song. Anyway, the culprit is the muddled strawberry, which almost always makes a cocktail friendly and welcoming. In fact, it is my favourite method with which to sweeten a drink. Ripe strawberries almost immediately turn to a mushy, sweet mess once muddled, and contribute so much flavour along the way.

Fields Forever includes not less than three amaros, ranging from the airy and citrus, Aperol to the bitter and medicinal, Campari and finally the complex and vegetal traditional amaro. The recipe calls for the amaro to be Foro Amaro Speciale, of which I know nothing. I used Montenegro. I’m assuming the idea is to juxtapose the approachable aperitifs with the richness of a digestif. The result, most importantly, is an excellent beverage that will make anyone happy, even the most jaded and suspicious of spirit drinkers. All ingredients are readily available.

As described below, I always recommend dry shaking egg white twice before adding ice: once on its own and then with the other ingredients. Egg white is difficult to emulsify, and can curdle, so to speak, easily. Lastly, even without the strawberry bits in this drink, I also recommend fine-straining cocktails with egg white as nasty looking alien lifeforms invariably appear in the shaking process. You really don’t want them ending up in someone’s drink. Trust me on this. I’m unfortunately speaking from experience.

Ingredients:

1 oz Amaro (I used Montenegro)
¾ oz Aperol
¼ oz Campari
¾ oz Lemon
½ oz Simple Syrup 1:1
1 Egg White
1 Strawberry (hulled)
3-5 drops Peychaud’s Bitters

Directions:

  1. Dry shake egg white on its own in a separate container.
  2. Muddle strawberry until mushy then add egg white and other ingredients except bitters.
  3. Dry shake a second time.
  4. Add ice and shake a third time. Fine strain into largish chilled coupes.
  5. Garnish foam with drops of pink bitters. Swirl drops into foam with the end of a small spoon.

 

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