Sunday, August 9, 2015

safety dance

1 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Blossom Oolong Tea Syrup (*)
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
2 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass with 1 oz soda water. Garnish with a floated lemon peel flower.
(*) A strong steep of a hibiscus flower and tea blend mixed with an equal part of demerara sugar.
Two Sunday nights ago, I launched a new drink for Yacht Rock Sundays that coincided with the low octane section of the regular cocktail menu called the Safety Dance. The drink got subtitled "so you can dance later," and less than a week later, it got retired from Yacht Rock Sundays and found its way onto the regular cocktail menu. One of the key players in the drink is a blossom oolong tea syrup that is a mix of hibiscus flowers and oolong tea, but any floral and tea blend or perhaps just floral tisane would work in this combination. The soda water gives the drink not only a bit of intrigue from the carbonation, but it along with the lemon juice and bitters help to cut down on the sugar from the blanc vermouth and tea syrup.

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