One of my favorite things about getting to know the ever-growing small batch, hand crafted spirits industry in this country is learning the back stories for each of the distillers involved – the road that has led them to this often risky venture and what it has taken to get to the point of finally producing quality booze in a bottle!
Myer Farm Distillery, in the heart of the Fingerlakes region in upstate New York, has only been in operation for a little over a year, but the farm itself has been in production for over 200 years. One of the largest and oldest organic farms in the Northeast, it has been in the family since 1789, making the current owners, brothers Joe and John Myer, 5th generation farmers. “From field to flask” is the farm slogan and they aren’t kidding around. Myer Farms produces a range of spirits, and all of the ingredients used to create their products, are grown on their farm. They “plant the seed and produce the spirit!”
Their award-winning London-style dry gin, distilled from 100% of the farm’s organic winter wheat, has a variety of botanicals, including juniper, coriander, cinnamon and citrus. The result is slightly floral with a hint of sweetness and a fuller, rounder body than typical London-style dry gins. This is a great gin to have on its own in a Martini or one in which you could play up the floral botanicals in a more complex cocktail. For tonight’s Quinciple event at Slope Cellars in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I decided to create a cocktail that did just that.
The Bitter Sage Cocktail employs fresh grapefruit juice, a touch of Yellow Chartreuse and sage leaves to enhance the sweet, bitter, herbal and floral components in this delicious gin. I’ve been a long time fan of Fever Tree sodas and tonics. They are all natural, not too sweet and are sufficiently effervescent. The Bitter Lemon Soda, flavored with quinine and Sicilian lemons, is probably my favorite in their line of products. It works really well with gin and grapefruit.
2 oz Myer Farm Gin
1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
3/4 oz Fever Tree Bitter Lemon Soda
2 Fresh Sage Leaves
Garnish – 1 sprig of sage and 1 slice of grapefruit
Muddle the 2 sage leaves at the bottom of shaker. Add the gin, Chartreuse and grapefruit juice with cracked ice. Shake for 10-12 seconds, until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass with the lemon soda. Garnish with sage sprig and grapefruit slice.
Come out to Slope Cellars tonight anytime from 7-9pm to try this delicious cocktail created especially for Myer Farm Gin and Quinciple’s gorgeous grapefruits. Quinciple, the incredible weekly, curated food subscription service, will be showing off a sample box, giving out fun treats and will offer new customers a chance to pick up a discount code to get 10% off their first month of Quinciple. Come by tonight!