Faux Syrah, Syrah

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Courtesy of Jill Zimorski of Café Atlantico, Washington, DC

  • 2 ounces Hangar One Straight Vodka
  • 1.5 ounces blackberry purĂ©e (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

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.

Published on July 12, 2010