Friday, February 10, 2012

Buvare: Ruby Sipper

Love is in the air.
Sure, so maybe Valentine's has never been a favorite holiday of mine, but this year I can't help but blush. On the Table Set this week we discuss the stigmas of the holiday, avoiding amateur night at your favorite bistro, growing out of "anti-", and settling for a little bourbon and glitter.

Listen to The Table Set: Pink Paper Hearts

I rarely need an excuse to fiddle with my top shelf, but figured Vday is an especially good one. Here's a specialty cocktail I whipped up for you and your sweetheart. It's pretty in pink, though not too sweet, with added depth thanks to a kiss of ruby port. Of course what makes the spectacle is the unique garnish, a candied Wild Hibiscus Blossom in syrup. Gorgeous, and delicious.

Ruby Sipper

1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz fresh-squeezed red grapefruit
1/2 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1/2 oz Ruby Port
Dash of Peychauds bitters

Build in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a Wild Hibiscus Blossom.


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