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gin • letherbee fernet • muddled strawberry • thyme syrup • lemon
An Alleia bramble. Classically, a bramble consists of dry gin, lemon, sugar, and blackberry in some form. In this cocktail, we went with the most refreshing and often most loved berry - the strawberry. The strawberries are muddled with our house-made thyme syrup, a strong shot of gin, and fresh lemon juice. After shaking, a float of Letherbee Fernet goes on top. Letherbee is a new distillery out of Chicago that was started by bartenders, and they do a great job producing their takes on classic spirits with the intention of being used in cocktails. Letherbee Fernet is no exception - it gives you everything you want from fernet (i.e. Fernet Branca), but tones down the saffron-y bitterness and replaces with rich sweetness. A balance that pairs perfectly with a sweeter fruit cocktail that needs a bitterness check. The name of the cocktail is a reference to a classic Nick Cave song, or more simply, what happens if you were to muddle strawberries with your hand. The result is a deceptively balanced, refreshing, addictive bramble-style cocktail.
alleia bar manager - jared padovani