A Lesson in Craft Cocktails – Dante’s Parasol

January 14, 2015

New Orleans is a great place to experiment with trying new, invigorating and inventive cocktails. My friend and coworker, Dante Saelios, is always infusing spirits with different herbs and coming up with different cocktail recipes that create these delightful “party in your mouth” sensations, however, in this article, we will be discussing only one of his herbal libations, the parasol.

The parasol is an updated take on an old-fashioned. The parasol is a light alternative for those who don’t appreciate the asperity of the original cocktail, both in appearance and taste. It is nice for a sunny or rainy day, but best over dinner.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Angostura bitters

2 oz. ginger-infused whiskey

1/2 oz. tarragon syrup

ice

For dressing: an orange, two stem-less cherries, a sprig of tarragon, and a toothpick

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In the process, we will use a professional bar tumbler, spoon, fruit peel, and strainers, but they are not necessary to get the job done. A basic cup, spoon, and knife will suffice.

STEP-BY-STEP

1. In a clean, empty shaker, add 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters.

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2. Add the tarragon syrup in with the bitters.

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3. Add the whiskey to the mixture. Swirl shaker around for mixing purposes.

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4. Fill the shaker with ice.

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5. Stir mixture.

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Before pouring the cocktail in the glass, we must dress it.

INSIDER TIP: For herbs, like tarragon, mint, and basil, to get the flavor and the aroma out, you do not have to muddle them or cut them. Simply “slapping” them or rubbing in your hands will work enough to get the effect you’re looking for.

6a. Take the orange and make 2” orange peel. Arrange the cherries and the orange peel on the toothpick. pictured. Place in glass.

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6b. Take the sprig of tarragon and slap it against your hand. Place in glass.

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7. Strain drink from shaker into glass and serve.

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And voila! You have the parasol.

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Making cocktails is a lot like cooking: you have to get the right measurements and timing (particularly when it comes to infusing spirits and syrups), otherwise you might end up with a hot mess. If making this at home, take your time and enjoy the experience. If making these at work, make sure you have practiced a couple of times before you give it to a potential customer.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Drinking craft cocktails is not only about expanding your palate. Herb-infused cocktails can be good for you. This particular cocktail has ginger and tarragon in it. Tarragon is high in iron, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals and has been used to treat illness. Ginger can prevent cancer, cure the common cold and flu, and regulate blood circulation.

To learn more about tarragon and ginger:

•http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-tarragon.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/500141-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-tarragon/

•http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-benefits-of-ginger-that-you-didnt-know-about.html

What do you guys think? What do you think of the drink recipe? Do you have any drinks you would like featured on this blog? Let me know in the comments section. I appreciate anything anyone has to offer.

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