Carissa – we are your Secret Santé this year!
We’ve been following you for a long while, and we have always felt drawn to your beautiful cocktail creations. Today we want to make a cocktail inspired by you in three distinctive areas:
1) You live in Alaska, and there is already a fantastic cocktail called Alaska. It is made with gin (sometimes old tom) and yellow Chartreuse. We riffed this a bit, still sticking somehow to the original idea of the drink.
2) One of you favourite berries is currants, hence we decided to use a small amount of créme de cassis. It gave this drink a wonderful colour. It is a super sweet liqueur though so we needed to counter it with something a little more fresh…
3)… and while we have no bottles from Alaska in our home bar, at least we have a good selection of American spirits. In this case we decided to reach for the Etrog liqueur. While still sweet it also has sour notes which we find quite refreshing.
Naming this Carissafied Alaska cocktail was the easy part. This is of course; a Calaska. Cheers Carissa, and thanks for the continuous inspiration!
Secret Santé is a yearly event initiated by Matthias and we are participating for the third time.
Recipe by Cocktail Detour
2 oz gin
0,5 oz Etrog liqueur
0,25 oz créme de cassis
a few dashes of prune bitters
Stir all ingredients with fresh ice then strain into a coupe. Garnish with a brandied cherry.