Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ecco's Summer Drink Menu

Ecco recently unveiled several new cocktails at a Citysearch Eat/Drink/Learn event. I can't say I was expecting much from the Meet & Potatoes - a meat based cocktail sounds kind of gross, right? That said, I don't normally like classic martinis because they aren't girl-ified enough to mask the liquor taste, but the fatty salami did wonders to cut the bite of the vodka, and the salted rim and cornichon added a nice kick. All in all far better than I expected!

Meet & Potatoes
1.75 oz Karlssons Gold Potato Vodka
.25 oz Noilly Pratt Dry Vermouth
1 cornichon
1/8 inch slice of Framani Salami Gentille for garnish
salt and pepper

Add vodka and vermouth to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir with bar spoon until cold taking care to not crush the ice. Rim with glass with salt and pepper mix. Place salami slice on rim and skewered cornichon into glass. Pour chilled mixture from cocktail shaker gently into glass.

The Long Live the Queen cocktail, created by Ecco mixologist Seth Schiendeldecker, was already selected  by Bombay Sapphire as the best gin cocktail in Atlanta. It features elderflower syrup and lavender infused syrup, so it's definitely unique, but it was a bit too tangy for me. I prefer sweeter and mellower cocktails like the bee's knees found at places like Abattoir.

Long Live the Queen
1.5 oz gin
.75 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz elderflower syrup
.5 oz lavender-infused simple syrup
5 dashes peach bitters
3 mint leaves, torn

In cocktail shaker, muddle torn mint leaves; add gin, lemon juice, elderflower syrup, lavender infused simply syrup and bitters; shake 6 to 8 times with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with mint sprig.



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