COCKTAILS: Get Out of Jail Free Card

Updated: Mar 4

Shake up your cocktail hour with The Conrad Lewis and the Why I Can't Make A Mojito with Basil? —INGRAIN, Summer 2019


I bring my mobile bar to the studio when we’re shooting photos for the magazine. While I was shaking up this Next Coast cocktail, our food stylist, Johanna, told a story about her first boyfriend who ended up in prison. (Her parents opened the newspaper one morning and pointed at a photo of him with an arrest announcement.) How could I not name a cocktail after him? Once we went there, a basil-beer mojito was in order. (A hop-forward beer balances out the sweetness of the rum.)


THE CONRAD LEWIS

Makes 2 cocktails


2 ounces white rum

3 ounces Next Coast IPA

1 ounce orgeat (see below for more info)

½ ounce fresh lime juice

¼ ounce Chartreuse

¼ ounce Campari


Orgeat, a syrup made with bitter almonds and rose or orange flower water, is one of my favorite cocktail ingredients. Good-quality, truly nut-based orgeat is key ($10 for 9.5 ounces, Liber and Company); many inexpensive versions are made with flavoring extracts and corn syrup. I always make my own. (See this recipe for a pistachio variation; you can substitute almonds.)


POUR 3 ounces Next Coast IPA into 2 cocktail glasses.


COMBINE 2 ounces white rum (see White Rum Review) + 1 ounce orgeat + ½ ounce fresh lime juice + ¼ ounce Chartreuse + ¼ ounce Campari in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice.


SHAKE

Vigorously for several seconds. Strain mixture into IPA-filled glasses and serve.


Grocery List: The Conrad Lewis

WHY I CAN'T

MAKE A MOJITO WITH BASIL?

Makes 1 cocktail


2 ounces white rum

2 ounces 312 Dry-Hopped

1 ounce simple syrup

½ ounce fresh lime juice

6 basil leaves


COMBINE 2 ounces white rum (see White Rum Review) + 1 ounce simple syrup + ½ ounce fresh lime juice + 6 basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice.


SHAKE

Vigorously for several seconds. Strain mixture into an ice-filled cocktail glass.


TOP Cocktail with 312 Dry-Hopped (2 ounces, or to taste), and serve.


Grocery List: Why I Can't Make a Mojito with Basil?