Each month, one of our talented beverage connoisseurs from Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn share their choice drink of the moment.
The essential ingredient in this twist on the classic cosmopolitan is a beach plum infused gin created by Greenhook Ginsmiths out of Brooklyn, NY. Despite its naturally stunning magenta color and flashy flavor profile (cutting edge in the gin market), the idea for this gin is actually a rather nostalgic nod to a time since passed.
Floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter & laughter.
Sloe gin, more popular on the other side of the Atlantic, became a regular occurrence during the 17th century in the English countryside as farmers wanted to soften their brackish, cheap gin with something they could forage for on their property and not dip into their cash crops. Sloe (or Blackthorn) Berries, along with a touch of sugar, became a sensible solution. After several months of maceration, a delicate berry flavored liqueur is produced, and the cocktail possibilities are numerous. Sloe berries are not native to the American northeast, however, the Beach Plum very much is. The Beach Plums used to in Greenhook Beach Plum Gin are foraged on the coast of Long Island, but the landscape of Weekapaug is also home to many of the same wild beach plum shrubs. Should you wish to investigate the source of your cocktail while lounging at the Inn, just ask Justin the Sommelier or Mark the Naturalist. They would be happy to point them out!
For this version of the classic Cosmopolitan, we mix the gin liqueur with a concentrate of Pomegranate Oolong tea and sugar, essentially sweetened tea boiled down to form a syrup. We then use the soft citrus profile of Meyer lemon to brighten up the cocktail, and a touch of tart cranberry for color and balance. Feel free to garnish how you please. Cheers!
The Beach Plum Cosmopolitan
3 oz Greenhook Ginsmiths Beachplum Gin
1.5 oz Harney & Sons Pomegranate Oolong Tea Syrup
0.5 oz Cranberry Juice
Assemble ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass garnished with a Meyer lemon twist or edible white flower. Enjoy.