There is a cocktail bar in Williamsburg that Kramer and I sometimes have a drink at when we are dragged there by friends called Hotel Demano. The cocktails are really interesting and the food is good, but the place is always packed and the tables are so small that it’s hard to balance your drink on it if you’ve got more than two people in your party, not to mention every time we go, even if the place has empty tables, the host always says he “has to check” to see if there is space to be seated. It’s all a little pompous and annoying to be honest, but I will put up with it on occasion because their drinks really are fantastic. One of them is a summer favorite of mine called The Brooklyn Beauty. I’m sure that theirs is a bit fancier than my version here, but this certainly does the trick for me. Seeing as how we’ve been having abnormally warmer weather here in New York (in between dreary rainy days), I figured that it’s about time that I shared this cocktail with you. It’s got a little of everything, so it’s definitely a lot stronger than its name or appearance would lead you to believe, but it’s still easy to make. Simply shake gin, St. Germain (which is completely worth adding to your liquor collection if you haven’t already, especially since spring is just around the corner), and lemon juice over ice, top with prosecco or champagne, and serve. Kramer and I always makes sure that we have the ingredients for this cocktail if we are having a party, as it’s alcoholic enough to be manly, while still pretty and delicate enough to be feminine; best of both worlds, right? Now drink up!
- 2 pieces lemon rind
- 5 ounces gin
- 2 ounces St. Germain
- 1½ ounces lemon juice
- ½ to ⅔ cup Prosecco or Champagne (for topping off)
- 2 pieces curled lemon rind or lemon wheels (for garnish)
- Peel off 2 pieces of lemon rind with a peeler or knife, doing your best to get as little pith on the rind as possible, and twist them over your glass to get some of the oils and essence from the lemon, then wipe the rind around the inside of the glass. You can use these as twists if they are still in tact, or twist new pieces of rind around your finger to make them curl for the garnish. Alternatively, you can use sliced lemon wheels.
- In a shaker, combine your gin, St. Germain, and lemon juice. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain into your glasses and top off with Prosecco or Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist or wheel and serve.