June 26, 2010

The Rivet


Yesterday we had a "stats day" at the Center, which I sat in on partly as a review and partly to deepen my knowledge about the methods we use to find interactions among the variables in the the data we gather. Since I've spent a lot more time on qualitative methods in the last year than quantitative ones, it was nice to help keep me thinking about a variety of methods.

After that, Ryan twisted our arms for a well-needed visit to the Pour Farm (OK, not much of a twist was needed) where we ran into Ryan's friend Nick.

We also ran into a new cocktail. The liqueur in it got my attention when I saw Stephen examining the bottle. It's pictured to the right: a distinct bottle containing a concoction of citrus flavors and elderflower. I don't know what that means, but when they mix it with Hendricks Gin, it's awesome. I took a picture of the menu.

Pour Farm cocktails

A "Rivet" is Hendricks gin, St-Germain, fresh lime juice, shaken and served like a martini. This drink was similar in flavor to a gin and tonic, but frankly more awesome. There was a good deal of sweetness to offset the sour of the lime, so I'm guessing that St-Germain is somewhat sweet on its own.

I am going to enjoy experimenting to get this recipe right, but it looks like a gimlet without the simple syrup. And, lo and behold, the St-Germain website lists a "French Gimlet" cocktail recipe which is 2 parts gin, 1 part St-Germain and 1/2 part fresh lime juice. I have a feeling someone thought "Rivet" sounded more manly. Let the fun begin!

Posted by James at June 26, 2010 11:32 AM
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St. Germain is indeed very sweet on it's own. One of my new favorite summer cocktails is called a lakeside at Christopher's in Cambridge.

It's Gin, St Germain, grapefruit juice, orange juice, peychaud's bitters and tonic water. garnished with a slice of lemon

My take on it was as follows (I had no orange juice) and was equally delicious:

Fill a pint glass with ice, add
2oz gin
1 oz St. Germain
1 oz grapefruit juice
a few dashes of peychauds Bitters
Mix well in a shaker

Transfer back to the pint glass while simultaneously topping off with tonic water.

ganrish with lemon.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at July 2, 2010 12:40 PM

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