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How to Make the Gypsy Woman from 1534 in NYC
All through the caravan
She was dancing with all the men
Waiting for the rising sun
Everyone was having fun...
She was a gypsy woman
This winter, drink away the chill factor with the Gypsy Woman. This breezy nomad channels springtime by way of jasmine green tea-infused gin with fresh lime juice, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and yellow Chartreuse. With a distinctly floral spice, this cocktail from Manhattan's 1534 is easy going down, but not so easy to pin down.
Oftentimes St. Germain—delicious as it may be—highjacks a cocktail; here, it melds with yellow Chartruese to make a soft, sweet backdrop to the dry, house-infused gin. Head bartender Justin Noel zeroed in on jasmine to create a sunny drink "reminiscent of afternoon tea."
The base spirit is Spring 44, which is a bold but not crazy-spicy gin. "Anyone can make a tea infusion in just a few hours," notes 1534 bartender James Lombardino. The jasmine tea, says Noel, offers "a brighter flavor than you get with a black tea," and flavors that will remind you of spring flowers in bloom.
After double straining to keep sneaky ice chips away, Lombardino garnishes the Gypsy Woman with a lemon peel, first rubbing the peel on the glass's rim and spraying its essential oils on top with a quick twist. It's this bright citrus that jumps out first, the floral caravan dancing close behind.
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About the author: Jaclyn Einis is a Boston-bred, Brooklyn-based writer. No matter where she wanders, it always comes back to food and drink. It's been that way since the day she was born (some got pilgrim hats; she was a turkey baby). You can find her cleaning plates here.
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