This approachable, warm weather cocktail was named after a line in a short story by J.D. Salinger, and it’s one of the most popular libations at Wisdom in Washington, D.C. “Peach and ginger initially seem like a strange pair, but they do beautifully together,” owner Erik Holzherr says. Light bitterness from the vodka’s prolonged contact with the tea leaves adds complexity.
Recipe: Wealthy Missionary
1½ ounces ginger peach tea-infused Revolution Vodka*
1 ounce Stone’s Ginger Currant Wine
2 ounces peach and white grape cordial**
Candied ginger on a swizzle stick, for garnish
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with candied ginger on a skewer.
*Infuse 1 liter of vodka with 2 ginger-peach tea bags for one week.
**For the cordial: Add a chopped, pitted peach and a half gallon of white grape juice to a blender. Blend well, and strain through cheesecloth.
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Holzherr calls this libation “the perfect bridge for a wine aficionado not entirely acquainted with hard liquor.” His objective when creating this cocktail was to craft one that resembles a dry French wine, with gin as the base to show the versatility of his favorite spirit. Infusing the garnish in Green Chartreuse gives the grapes the appearance of an olive—and packs a nice complementary punch at the end of the drink.
1½ ounces Plymouth Gin
½ ounce Yellow Chartreuse
1 ounce Dubonnet Blanc
2 ounces apple juice
A dash of Cointreau
Green Chartreuse-infused grapes, for garnish (soak grapes in Green Chartreuse for at least one week)
Combine the gin, Chartreuse, Dubonnet Blanc and apple juice in a cocktail glass with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled wine glass, add a dash of Cointreau and garnish with the infused grapes.
Capt Jack’s Green Sparrow
Named in honor of Johnny Depp’s performance in Pirates of the Caribbean, Holzherr enjoys the challenge of finding balance in a cocktail made with absinthe. This libation is unique, complex and high proof, yet smooth—and despite its pink tint, the beverage contains plenty of the “green fairy.”
1½ ounces coconut rum
¾ ounce Lucid Absinthe
1 teaspoon coffee liqueur
1½ ounces fresh pink grapefruit juice
Dash of The Bitter Truth Xocolatl Mole Bitters, for garnish (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a Martini glass or coupette. Top with dash of bitters.