Enamored of the elderflower liqueur, St. Germain, and looking for a cocktail that would give me an excuse to reach for its unique bottle, My Girl Friday and I both found this lovely new cocktail, a variation on the Vieux Mot, perfect for late winter when good grapefruits are still coming in. Citrusy and floral, a perfect libation and anticipation of spring, which can’t get here soon enough for me.
The Vieux Mot, French for old saying or wise old saying, combines gin, St. Germain, and lemon. This variation, the Pamplemousse Vieux Mot, adds grapefruit juice, thanks to a lovely blog we found, the Bojon Gourmet, by food stylist and photographer Alanna Taylor-Tobin, whose lovely photos feature her expertise in pastry (currently pain au chocolat, using rye flour for the laminated dough, inspired by the multi-talented chef and writer David Lebovitz).
New cocktail, new blog to read, and a new weekend ahead. For me, a busy weekend in Chicago, with the Good Food Festival, where Brian Polcyn and I will be demoing hog breakdown and curing methods tomorrow, a dash through the massive housewares show with my partner in tools, a stop by the PolyScience, maker of sous vide tools and other cool kitchen inventions, and a presentation at the IACP conference on the multi-platformed life. But this evening, at my hotel, I hope to be able to order this excellent libation to end my day of travel.
Hope you all have a splendid weekend. Salut!
Pamplemousse Vieux Mot
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce St. Germain
- 3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- Lemon slice, for garnish
- Combine the liquids in a lowball glass, add ice, and stir.
- Garnish with a lemon slice.
Other links you may like:
- My past cocktails: the Bitter Elder, Rusty Nail, the Sawyer, and the Greyhound.
- Learn more about gin: Hendrick’s, Tanqueray, and The Botanist.
- What else you can do with a bottle of St. Germain?
© 2014 Michael Ruhlman. Photo © 2014 Donna Turner Ruhlman. All rights reserved.