The head bartender at Tabla shows off her housemade strawberry shrub.
Green to Me ($9)
Termini uses an immersion circulator to infuse Gordon's gin with fresh basil leaves. "Because of the vacuum seal," she says, "the plants do not oxidize and the resulting basil-infused gin has a much more powerful, pure basil flavor." She then adds a splash of St. Germain, simple syrup, and lime juice to brighten the mix. The drink is topped with an aromatic mint leaf.
The Glass Slipper ($8)
The Glass Slipper is Termini's riff on a French 75 cocktail. "I wanted to incorporate Cava into a cocktail as bubbles are a great way to start a meal," said Termini. "The lemon verbena infused vodka lends a subtle herbal brightness, that pairs perfectly with the bittersweet Cocchi Americano and balanced with a splash of sweet cassis liqueur."
The Shame Spiral ($9)
Many classic cocktails only have 3 ingredients, and while Termini is no classicist, she appreciates their wisdom when it comes to keeping it simple. The Shame Spiral is her riff on a Manhattan, with Cynar, a bitter Italian amaro taking place of the sweet vermouth. The drink is finished with a healthy dose of Regan's #6 Orange Bitters.
Strawberry Fields Forever ($8)
"The Strawberry Fields Forever is inspired by a dessert that used to be on the menu at Tabla that I still crave," said Termini. "It was angel food cake made from scratch with a pink peppercorn and vanilla anglaise, and I wanted to replicate that in a cocktail without the heavy richness of the dessert." The result is a refreshing blend of house-infused strawberry shrub, Termini's pink peppercorn and vanilla vodka, and soda.
"I had to include the Negroni on my best drinks to order at Tabla list, mostly because they are so popular among the staff," said Termini. A good Negroni, she says, "is all about the vermouth, and I use Carpano Antica in our Negroni at Tabla because of the bold, rich flavor that can stand up to the bitterness of the Campari and herbaceousness of the gin."