White Summer (all cocktails $14)
Love to Turn You On
"With this one, I'm thinking—cup of tea on a rainy day in London." Earl Grey-infused Brooklyn Gin stirred with clarified lemon juice and honey.
But when Polsky says "Earl Grey infusion," he doesn't mean it in the simple sense. Instead, he's using a neutral fat (Crisco) to absorb the flavors and aromatics of the tea—steeping a cup, covering in a cap of barely melted Crisco, allowing that fat cap to absorb the aromatics—and then fatwashing the gin with the tea-infused Crisco. (None of that fat ends up in the drink—it's just a vehicle for the tea.) He's using a similar method for Today Is My Lucky Day (next).
Today Is My Lucky Day
'Love to Turn You On' is the light, vibrant tea drink, this is the brooding, darker coffee one. "Coffee drinks usually taste like ghosts of coffee to me," says Polsky; "I wanted something better." With the same fatwashing method he uses in Love to Turn You On, he infuses Blackwell rum with coffee; that rum and Gosling's then form the base of a stirred drink with Dolin dry vermouth, Luxardo Bitter, and Bittercube Cherry-Bark Vanilla bitters.
A cocktail intended to showcase Polsky's pineapple-infused tequila. The ingredients are combined in a nitrogen-charged iSi unit—you might be more familiar with them as whipped cream makers; pineapple and tequila go in the container, and then the nitrogen pressurization allows for a lightning-fast 2-minute infusion. "The infusion is the easiest way to get the flavor of the pineapple in there clearly," Polsky says.
From there, it's Cocchi Americano, Green Chartreuse, and Dolin dry vermouth, with Barsol Pisco Mosto Verde—a pisco distilled from partially fermented grapes, leaving some residual sugar—and Hophead, Anchor Distilling's hopped vodka.