PLAYING DOCTOR

May 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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Recipe by Lana Gailani

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 oz. VEEV

1 Orange Slice

1 Lemon Slice

1/4 oz. Genmaicha Green Tea Syrup

1/4 oz. Honey Syrup

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Lustau Amontillado Sherry

3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

PREPARATION:

Combine orange and lemon slices with tea and honey syrups in shaker; muddle. Add lemon juice, sherry, and VEEV, shake and strain over crushed ice into collins glass. Top with 3 dashes peychaud’s bitters. Garnish.

Tea Syrup: steep 5 tea bags genmaicha tea (possible brands include: Harney and Sons, Tao of Tea, Numi) in 12 oz. hot water for 6 minutes. Remove tea bags and measure water, then add an equal amount of white sugar.

Honey Syrup: 1:1 syrup with light honey (clover or wildflower; local if possible).

GARNISH:

Orange and Lemon Slice, Raspberry, Mint Sprig

GLASSWARE:

Pilsner (Collins if unavailable)

INSPIRATION:

In keeping with the theme “drinking better”, I wanted to create a cocktail that was restorative, refreshing, and lower in alcohol content. For this reason I chose to work with the template of a sherry cobbler, and included additional ingredients with known health properties- green tea and honey. Tea, honey, and lemon are a combination that is both comforting and familiar.

This cocktail is loaded with anti-oxidants, and if you use local honey it can help fight allergies as well. Some research indicates that sherries offer some of the same health benefits as red wine (decrease in cholesterol levels, increase in the proportion of “good” cholesterol”). So, truly, drink to your health!

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