Courtesy Trevin Hutchins, Tempo Dulu, Portland, Maine
In French, rêver means “to dream,” and this fresh, herbaceous drink certainly encourages reverie. At Tempo Dulu, a bar at the Danforth Inn in Portland, Maine, tropical-inspired drinks accompany Michael McDonnell’s modern Asian fare. A splash of pineapple is a subtle nod to tropical inspiration.
The main ingredient is blanc (or bianco) vermouth, a fast-growing category that features relatively bold, sweet and oxidized notes like golden raisin, baked pear and spice. An ounce of caraway-accented aquavit adds backbone, while yellow Chartreuse adds subtle herbaceous sweetness. At Tempo Dulu, the drink is sometimes served in a tiki mug. It’s pretty enough to sip from a cocktail glass, too, inspiring dreams of warmer spring days to come.
- 1 strawberry, halved lengthwise
- 2 fresh sage leaves
- 1½ ounces Dolin Blanc vermouth
- 1 ounce Krogstad aquavit
- ½ ounce yellow Chartreuse
- ½ ounce pineapple juice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 strawberry half and 1 sage leaf. Add other ingredients and ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled coupe glass or small wine glass. Garnish with the remaining strawberry half and sage leaf.