101 Best New Cocktails: Red Barchetta by Mel James, BC’s Kitchen, Lake St. Louis, MO on gazregan.com

Red Barchetta

Adapted from a recipe by Mel James, BC’s Kitchen, Lake St. Louis, MO.

“I created this cocktail for the 2012 Campari competition. It is quite special to me because it was the first cocktail that I created 100% on my own, with no help, opinions asked or input from anyone (and only my second competition at that point as well). It tied first place with Ted Kilgore, and the tie breaker ended up being our technical scores. I took second place and was beside myself thrilled – I had never expected to even place, and the fact that people enjoyed one of my cocktails brought me a joy that is beyond words.” Mel James.

2 strawberries, hulled

45 ml (1.5 oz) Campari

30 ml (1 oz) North Shore gin #6

30 ml (1 oz) The Big O ginger liqueur

7.5 ml (.25 oz) Cherry Heering

7.5 ml (.25 oz) premium aged balsamic vinegar

3 dashes Angostura orange bitters

1 strawberry speared with a small rosemary sprig, as garnish

Muddle the strawberries in a mixing glass, then add the remaining ingredients. Shake over ice and fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.

gaz sez: This is one of those recipes that shouldn’t work, but it does. When I read it I nearly threw it into the circular file, but hey, it’s got gin and Campari, right? I gave it a shot. It worked. I especially like the way the strawberries play with the balsamic in this one, and the ginger and cherry liqueurs dance well together, too, but it’s the Campari/gin combination that holds this drink together, and the aromatic rosemary garnish adds a special something, too.

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Not long ago, Northwest Coffee Roasting Co.’s David Gulick asked Ted Kilgore of Taste by Niche if he could make him a coffee cocktail. “I grabbed a bag from my car and watched the magic happen. When we went over to Franco and told TJ [Vytlacil] (whose last day at Franco was yesterday) about that, he was ready to give it a go too,” Gulick said. Kilgore was handed Northwest’s Organic Sumatra beans, while the mixologist at Franco muddled Northwest’s house blend. “Ted’s was well balanced with flavor throughout. TJ’s had it at the nose and then a wicked coffee finish that was crazy good,” described Gulick.

“I think tequila and coffee go really well together,” stated Vytlacil. He served the drink in a wine glass, not just because he views the concoction as an elegant after-dinner cocktail, but also to offer an aromatic drinking experience. “I wanted him to smell the coffee and the wine glass lip is a good tulip for the nose.”

Here’s the recipes for making these coffee cocktails this weekend:

Northern Exposure
Courtesy of Taste by Niche’s Ted Kilgore

1 oz. BuffaloTrace-Kentucky Straight Bourbon
½ oz. Flor de Cana 4-Year Gold Rum
½ oz. Amaro Averna
¼ oz. Aperol
20 Northwest Coffee Organic Sumatra whole coffee beans
1 flamed orange twist (instructions below)

• Muddle beans.
• Put all ingredients in shaker; shake and then fine strain into coupe.
• Garnish with flamed orange twist.

For the flamed orange twist (courtesy of Dale DeGroff’s The Craft of the Cocktail):

• Cut a thin oval peel of an orange.
• Hold a lit match in one hand and hold the twist by the side between your thumb and forefringer, skinside facing down about 4 inches above the drink.
• Hold the match between the drink and the twist. Snap the twist sharply, propelling the oil through the lit match and onto the surface of the drink.

South by Northwest
Courtesy of Franco’s TJ Vytlacil

1½ oz. tequila
½ oz. lime juice
¼ oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
|½ oz. Cherry Heering
¼ oz. Orange Curaçao
Mole Bitters
8-10 Northwest Coffee House Blend whole coffee beans

• Muddle beans.
• Put all ingredients in a shaker; shake and then fine strain and serve up in a wine glass.

Tags: cocktails, coffee, David Gulick, Drink This Weekend Edition, Drinking, Franco, Northwest Coffee, T.J. Vytlacil, Tasty by Niche, Ted Kilgore

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