Open Source Cocktails
January 7, 2010 12:00 PM Subscribe
The Violet Hour, a speakeasy styled lounge in Chicago with no sign, has been pushing the envelope in creative drink mixing since it opened in 2005. Toby Maloney, the Violet Hour's "Head Intoxocologist", had no problem posting on a Chicago food forum and sharing some of the drink recipes that have made his bar one of the most exciting in the country.
This one recently won third place in GQ's 20 best cocktails:
Juliet & Romeo
* 2 oz Beefeater
* .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
* .75 oz Simple Syrup
* 3 drops Rose Water
* 3 drops Angostura
* 3 slices Cucumber
* 3 sprigs Mint
* Tiny pinch of salt
Garnish: Mint leaf and 1 drop rose water/3 drops of Angostura Bitters.
Muddle cucumber, mint and pinch of salt. Add rest of ingredients. Let sit for 30 seconds (time allowing). Shake. Strain. Garnish with 1 floating mint leaf and 1 drop rose water on top of leaf, and 3 more drops of angostura on the surface of the drink.
You can buy rose water at Sultans Market on North Ave. I would get an eye dropper at the container store as well as a couple of extra drops will make this drink way to much like the jewerly box of a very old southern belle.
The pinch of salt is really, really small. It should be muddled with the cuke to bring out it's freshness.
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