Beyond the lemonade template
Most people are now familiar with mezcal – the smoky cousin of tequila. Just like tequila meszal is made from Mexican agave pinatas, but unlike tequila the pinatas are toasted in a hole in the ground before the juice is extracted for fermentation and distillation.
Usually mezcal finds its way into margarita-like mixes. But at Gilt Peter Altenburg has found a different lime-less use for the Mid-American spirit in the house cocktail Dynastea:
40ml lapsang bitter tea
40ml dry cranberry
10ml sugar syrup
2 dash peychaud’s bitter
Dynastea is an intriguing acquaintance. It’s fresh and fruity although extremely smoky. Exceptionally complex although holding just three ingredients.
The Dynastea is different compared to the usual suspects on cocktail menus at average bars – and it is different by design.
As “sours” (often resembling lemonades) seem to have become the mainstream cocktail template at most volume bars, Peter has decided to explore other compositions within the cocktail flavor spectrum and almost entirely omitted citrus on the current cocktail menu.
If you feel like the drinks you’ve been getting lately are tasting more and more alike, pay a visit to GILT and have them reinvigorate your taste buds with some unusual and concoctions that can expand your concept of what a cocktail might be like.