Photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
The “Good Winter,” created by Jocelyn Mackenzie of Pearl and the Beard
I’m going to save my words on the amazing Brooklyn trio Pearl and the Beard for a later post, as they are next up in the BB Songs series and I’ve got plenty to say about them — and an incredible recipe to share — for that…but when they came to my apartment to cook with me last month, they brought with them the ingredients for this delicious cocktail, which Jocelyn made up on the spot.
She says the drink is unassuming, but it has a Christmasy kind of feeling: “It’s a little soothing because white wine is kinda comforting, and ’cause it’s not too much of a weird flavor, but the St. Germaine is elderflower liquor, so it gives it a little sweetness. But then the bitters and the ginger give it a spicy taste,” she explains. “I was going for winter dessert and what I had in our liquor cabinet, so that’s what happened.”
1/2 shot St. Germaine
2 shots white wine
A few dashes of orange bitters (to taste)
Fresh ginger, sliced (Rub two pieces together to give the cocktail a bit of ginger essence; then rub ginger around the rim of the glass)
Serve in a chilled glass (which we didn’t do, but Jocelyn recommended it).