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PDT's Jim Meehan on How to Mix Cocktails With the Country's Greatest Unsung Liquors

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Bartender Jim Meehan, owner of the inventive New York City watering hole PDT and author of the new PDT Cocktail Book (Sterling Epicure), introduces you to a few homegrown spirits you've never heard of.


rum_thumb.jpgSPIRIT: Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ragged Mountain Rum from Great Barrington, Massachusetts
COCKTAIL: Mountain Medicine
IN MEEHAN'S WORDS: "A cocktail may not be the first form of treatment you consider, but this rum was distilled by a former physician's assistant. Not to mention, lime juice saved thousands of sailors from scurvy, Bénédictine was first dispensed as an elixir by monks, and Angostura was originally formulated by a German surgeon to relieve stomach disorders."

INGREDIENTS:
2 oz Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ragged Mountain Rum
1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
½ oz Bénédictine
½ oz simple syrup
2 dashes of Angostura bitters

INSTRUCTIONS:
Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled coupe glass.



gin_thumb.jpgSPIRIT: Averell Damson Gin Liqueur from New York City
COCKTAIL: Night Owl
IN MEEHAN'S WORDS: "The plum-infused liqueur and single-malt lend depth, fruit, and body to the aromatic, sake-like base."




INGREDIENTS:
2 oz Kiuchi yuzu wine
¾ oz Averell Damson Gin Liqueur
½ oz Kiuchi No Shizuku white ale
½ oz Yamazaki 12-Year-Old whiskey

INSTRUCTIONS:
Stir all ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled coupe glass.



aquavit_thumb.jpgSPIRIT: House Spirits Krogstad Aquavit from Portland, Oregon
COCKTAIL: Golden Star Fizz
IN MEEHAN'S WORDS: "Inspired by the tree blossoms that fill the streets with their heady perfume in the spring, I combined Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea with a hint of absinthe to complement Christian Krogstad's namesake aquavit."

INGREDIENTS:
4 slices of cucumber
1 sprig of dill
¾ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ oz pineapple juice
2 oz Krogstad Aquavit
St. George Absinthe
3 oz Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea

INSTRUCTIONS: Put 3 slices of cucumber, the dill, and juices into a mixing glass and muddle. Add the aquavit and shake with ice before fine-straining into a chilled, St. George Absinthe-rinsed fizz glass. Top with tea. Garnish with remaining slice of cucumber.

— Christopher Ross




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