It's been said that we're in the middle of a craft cocktail renaissance. Regardless of what you call it, we're thrilled to see bars of all types offering up more than just a rum and coke and some sort of sickening-sweet-tini as 'cocktails.'
For years, we as a country have been expanding our palates to appreciate those flavors on the outlines - sour and bitter. Just a few years ago, most people would have never heard of balsamic vinegar or arugula - now, they're on the damn menu at Applebee's. But we digress...
This awakening of sorts means that new and creative ingredients are not just making it onto the food menu, but the cocktail menu as well. It's with this in mind that we're pulling together an incredible group of products for Bitter Lovers, our February 3st of the Month. Today, we introduce you to two of those amazing boozes you'll be tasting; Art in the Age's RHUBARB Tea and Cardamaro. Cardamaro is the only wine-based amaro (which literally means bitter in Italian) in the US. It starts with Moscato wine that's infused with cardoon and thistle before being aged in new oak barrels. RHUBARB Tea is one of the most complex spirits you've ever tasted with tangy taste of rhubarb compounded by everything from cardamom to beet.
To showcase these two exceptionally-unique ingredients, we present the Age of Distinction:
cocktail mixing glass
2 oz Art in the Age RHUBARB Tea
1 oz Cardamaro
1 oz fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
2 dashes Fee Brothers Cardamom Bitters
strip of grapefruit zest
Combine ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill for 20-30 seconds before straining into a chilled cocktail glass. Express oils from the grapefruit peel over the glass before running it around the rim and dropping it into the glass.