Thursday, May 20, 2010

Signature Drinks: Regular Joes and Restaurant Pros

Today in this signature drink series, I am pleased to introduce to you one of my "restaurant pros", Toronto-based Mixologist Courtney Stewart!

Courtney has mixed her creative drinks at Barrio, Soma and Kultura, and is currently working on new endeavours. A friend of mine told me about the fabulous cocktails and service she received from Courtney so I just had to contact her and ask her if she had a signature drink to share with After the Harvest.

She responded with her signature spring cocktail: Fresh Attitude!

In her words,

"Fresh Attitude is uber-refreshing and has been very well received by clients of mine as well as friends and family!"


For this recipe I prefer:
  • A very clean Vodka such as Iceberg, (which is Canadian and has been rated in the top three tasting Vodkas)
  • Fresh mint and/or basil
  • The juice of a perfectly ripe cucumber (if you do not have access to a juicer, muddling the cucumber with the lime and herbs will suffice)
  • Plump limes
  • An inexpensive Spanish Cava, (such as Segura Viudas or Freixenet)
  • Alternatively for a less potent drink, substitute Sparkling Elderflower Water for Cava.

You will need:

  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Knife and Cutting Board
  • Large Cocktail Shaker
  • 4 Champagne Flutes

For 4 Cocktails:

Chiffonade a sprig of mint and basil, (or two of one of the herbs), and remove the stem if possible. Cut a lime into quarters and muddle half with the herbs. Juice a well-washed cucumber with its skin, which should produce at least 8 oz. Then combine 4 oz Vodka, 4 oz juice, muddled lime and herbs with ice into shaker, mix vigorously then strain into four flutes. I enjoy torn herbs in mine but depending on your taste, you can strain through a fine strain for a cleaner presentation. This should amount to a little more than half the glass. Then pop open your Cava or Elderflower Water and fill the flute.

I don't know about you, but this cocktail sounds so refreshing and perfect for these sunny spring days we've been experiencing! Courtney and I plan to stay in touch, so stay tuned as she may be sharing more of her cocktails online in the future! Many thanks to Courtney for bringing her pro mixology skills to After the Harvest.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds yummy, always looking for new ideas from the kitchen garden