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Faux Syrah, Syrah

Description

Courtesy of Jill Zimorski of Café Atlantico, Washington, DC
 

Spirit
Vodka
Ingredients
2 ounces Hangar One Straight Vodka
1.5 ounces blackberry purée (Zimorski uses Les Vergers Boiron, or use fresh)
1 ounce black pepper-and smoke-infused syrup (see recipe below)
Juice from 1 lemon wedge Coarsely crushed candied violets for garnish (Available through www.indiatree.com)
Freshly cracked pepper for garnish
Directions
Combine first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake well. Strain into a martini glass rimmed first with the black pepper/smoke-infused syrup, and then dipped into the candied violets. Garnish with five turns of a pepper grinder on a coarse setting.
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