Our very own Josh Berner has rolled up his sleeves and tossed his hat in the ring for the Washingtonian annual Artini 2011 contest. You may recall a black horse candidate named Erik Holzherr that snuck past all the other contestants for a big win last year with his beloved “Tortoise and the Bear” martini, a favorite at Wisdom (and still available if you’d like to swing by and try it). Now, Josh with his own established style is trying to keep in the tradition of winning with his delicious “B Cup.” Inspired by Kiki Smith’s provocative Breast Jar sculpture, this drink is sweet, complex and naughty much like the piece of art that evoked Berner’s creativity with this piece. Complete with Zubrowka bison grass vodka, previously featured on www.Gintender.com, Berner’s very own home made vermouth, Cointreau, apple juice, bitters and a round ice ball, informed by the sculptures ’roundness’ – this drink is a winner. At this point I’m going to avoid a turning of phrases like “you’ll be grasping for more”, “you’ll wanna cup one of these all night”, or “suckling on a B Cup will never be the same” – but it’s truly unavoidable. Watch Josh make his soon-to-be-prize-winner below then go vote!
Ok, so this is the first time I’ve been referred to as Yankee Dude-ly, but in this case I’ll consider it an honor. Modern Luxury Magazine penned a couple of lines in their most recent edition boasting the bodaciousness of our newest venture Church and State. Check out the full article here.
1.5 oz Bison Grass Vodka
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Muddle strawberry in bottom of mixing glass. Add all ingredients and ice to mixing glass (Boston Shaker best in this case). Shake vigorously. Pour into chilled martini glass and top with Prosecco or other light bodied “off dry” sparkling wine. Garnish with rose petal or strawberry.
1.5 oz Bison Grass vokda
.5 oz Mint syrup (see recipe)
.25 oz Cynar (Artichoke aperitif)
1.5 oz Club soda
Shake all ingredients (except club soda) hard on ice. Serve in chilled martini glass, top with club soda.
Mint Syrup Recipe
Heat 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of water until sugar dissolves. As mixture thickens, add 1/2 cup of crushed mint. Stir occasionally. Let simmer for about 1 minute. Then remove from heat and let cool. Place syrup into a jar or container. It should keep for several months if refrigerated.
1.5 oz. Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka
.5 tbsp. Prepared horseradish
.75 oz. Beef broth
Bloody Mary mix
Build this cocktail one ingredient at a time over ice in a bucket glass. Add Bloody Mary mix last and fill to the top of the glass. Then stir gently and garnish with lime wedge and celery stalk.
**Note: This intriguing recipe remains untested by the GINtender, but it was so interesting that we thought it justified a place on the blog. If you are brave enough to give this one a try, be sure to let us know what you think!**
1.75 oz. Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka
.75 oz. Liquore strega
1.5 oz. Lemon sour Mix
Shake on ice and serve in chilled cocktail glass.